None of the photos in this weeks edition of A Week in Tokyo cover one of the biggest projects I've ever worked on - starting up an anime studio ^^; Lemme prepare a post and talk more about it in detail soon. Folks following my twitter however would have already seen some sneak peeks that I uploaded to Tsubuyaku.fm ^^;
Starting off with the first photo taken in Ochanomizu. The area is popular for a load of sportswear and book shops. Here wifey is grabbing some Taiyaki for after dindins dessert.
My neck of the woods. Have always wanted to live in Musashikoyama when I first visited Japan. Wifeys brother used to live here and I would always say to myself how it would be great to live in such an area.
Very different to where I grew up - Hackney London which has always been an area that I've always wanted to escape from ^^;
What sort of area do you live in? Are you happy with where you live or want out?
Forgot to mention that apart from sporting goods and books, Ochanomizu is also popular for the amount shops they have that sell musical instruments. Lately have been wanting to learn the Shamisen. Never played an instrument when back in school though. Do you play and instrument and if so what do you play?
While it may not be as visible as some other countries, we do have our fair share of homeless folks. Here we see some folks who have built a shelter for themselves in a pedestrian tunnel.
I respect the homeless folks over here because they don't go around asking others for money. They also usually regularly bathe in the public toilets at the parks and do odd jobs here and there like collecting plastic bottles. In the Tokyo Photo Walk 5 I talk about how a homeless man went to start up his own IT firm.
I remember an apparent homeless little girl in London asking me for some money. I gave her 50 pence but after she took the money she said that she would swap the 50 pence for 1 pound @.@
What you need to do is cover the Last in masking tape. Once that's done, you draw your desired design on top of the masking tape and then cut out the design to create a pattern. The pattern is then stuck down on cardboard. Because you need to cut down the middle of the Last to remove the masking tape, you should place tape like this down the middle first so that you have string edges.
Then cover the entire last in masking tape. The bottom does not need to be covered. Once the pattern has been cut out and stuck down on 5cm squared cardboard, it can be used to place on leather or material to create the Upper which is the top part of the shoe.
How to make shoes part 2 sometime in next month I think ^^; I used to work with my dad many moons ago back in London but then discovered that what I wanted to be doing was living and working in Japan. While now I've found a living in a completely different field however, I still have my shoe and accessory making knowledge which I want to do something with.
Probably should leave the rest for a separate post ^^;
Been asked to produce a cafe in Akihabara and this is the meeting involving the marketing, producers and investor. We are currently looking for space on the first floor of a shop on the main road in Akiba. This obviously means that we need to wait until somebody moves out as all spaces are taken up at the moment.
Lost and found in Japan. If you loose it then the chances that you will get it back are typically much higher than you would imagine. My lost n found story in this article.
This photo is a basket of stuff that customers forgot to bring home.
A lot of photographers in this area taking snaps of fashionable girls. The photos are used in fashion mags. None of the folks are paid to be in the mag but they get to be published in a popular publication.
Which reminds me - submissions for Otacool 3 and 4 will open soon. While no moolah is involved, you get to be part of something special and at the same time share your passion with the world. But unlike the previous two Otacool, I'm negotiating to get something worth much more than the book for everybody who gets published. There is a top prize involved which is too cool for words.
I'm not involved at all with Otacool 4 though - will be Kotobukiya x another well known CGM site.