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Always on the look out for design/film/animation/photo taking inspiration - Oh, and travel ideas, (although anything in Japan will always win hands down for me). Currently based in the North East of Scotland.

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Fuji-san

Magic day.lovely weather.arrived at Mt Fuji's fifth station around half way up which was cold and some 2000m above sea level, and very busy but the summit was in cloud so didn't see it but apparently there's no snow on it jst now anyway.then went on a boat trip around the mountain on lake ashi,then a cable car up Mt komagatake looking over hakone national park.then leon and i's favourite bit being kids of the eighties,rode the bullet train back to Tokyo!we did the odawara to tokyo journey (176km) in forty minutes.brilliant.also had a lovely bento lunch (like a packed lunch).apologies for my grumpy face in the picture.not quite sure what happened there!
13th Aug 2007, 12:37   comments (0)

end of summersonic

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Brilliant weekend.photos show the chiba stadium l8r on when the arctic monkeys played,the outside of the stadium and the trains on the way home which were packed and some people had their faces pressed against the glass it was so stuffed full of the summersonic-ers!tomorrow we climb a bit of mt fuji and take the bullet train.woohoo!
12th Aug 2007, 16:06   comments (0)

summersonic part 2

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Mid afternoon at summersonic.seen a few smaller bands such as the noisettes,reverend and the makers etc and while heading over 2 another stage we caught the polyphonic spree singing nirvana's 'teen spirit' much 2 the utter delight of the japanese audience who went mental.we also had our photo taken by the press for some summersonic coverage much to both our embarrassments.saw 'enter shikari' for a laugh who turned out to put on an amusing show - pity we didn't have glow sticks!at summersonic they also hv little sideshows,one i noticed was an air guitar competition and another a staring competition called -'staremaster'.bigger bands are on later.waiting for that to all kick off.will post more later.photos show the walk in to the festival,the 'staremaster' and the subway this morning.
12th Aug 2007, 07:23   | tags:,,comments (0)

summersonic

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Hot,hot hot.it was mad 2day.unbelievably hot,loud and tiring but brilliant.saw the horrors,klaxons,interpol,css and editors.got our photo taken with some japanese people who wanted pics of us,managed to suss out the strange trough like female toilets.doing it all again tomorrow.phew.
11th Aug 2007, 13:03   comments (0)

cocktails and crossings

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Pics of last nite,out for drinks and today in ginza at one of the heyuuge crossings.just thought i'd share.
10th Aug 2007, 12:59   comments (2)

shopping

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Went to ginza and marunouchi district and shopped til we pretty much dropped today.got some presents for people back in blighty,went to the sony and apple stores and a brilliant stationery store called ito-ya that was over 7 levels selling heaps of lovely traditional japanese paper and inks etc.found muji too and the usual western stores like gucci etc which didn't hold much interest for us but the japanese love.the idea of a chocolate restaurant didn't appeal today after walking about in 36 degrees all afternoon so went for a lychee smoothie instead.we go to 'summersonic' tomorrow,2 day music festival.it's the klaxons,css and interpol tomorrow.hurray!
10th Aug 2007, 09:51   comments (2)

chill out session

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Along with the usual bible in the top drawer of the hotel is this book.I've been reading it when jet lag attacks and i'm wide awake at 2.30am, so i am now feeling very zen like...
9th Aug 2007, 10:59   comments (2)

ling ling

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Had a few sapporos last nite and then had a guinness.leon had a full size and i managed the 3/4 pint - they also came in half pints too.cool!today was really hot,went to see japans only giant panda - 'ling ling' but he was too hot to do much other than chew on a bit of bamboo.also went to tokyo met. art gallery and the western art gallery in ueno park.had a wander round the ueno district and found some nice local arty stuff.tomorrow is the apple store,sony store,a permanent design exhibition,nintendo hq and a restaurant that only serves chocolate based recipes.tonight we are trying dim sum in a local restaurant.not very japanese but still asian i suppose....
9th Aug 2007, 07:42   | tags:,,comments (3)