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Just posted a new TOKYO BOY log. A few pics from my day in Shibuya yesterday with friends. As mentioned, the new Cafe Apres-midi store really is nice, and I do wish I could get some new CDs from there.

I also want to note that Momus has posted a new entry in his record making log. This one details his collaboration with his “reproducer”. Just makes me even more anxious to hear the new album. I should get a preview at the live show he’ll be giving in 2 weeks at a record shop in Kichijoji. Definitely looking forward to it.

New Magazines

 

papersky1This past Friday I picked up two new Japanese magazines. PAPER SKY is a rather new publication (the latest issue is #3) by the same publisher as TOKION, and has in fact replaced that magazine in Japan (TOKION is now only published for North America). It basically covers the same sort of things as TOKION did, but from a travelling perspective. The other magazine is called +81, and it usually covers things like fashion or music, but from a design perspective. Every issue has a certain theme, and this issue (#17) covers independant record labels in France and England. Both these magazines are completely bilingual (Japanese and English).

Saltfreak

Saltfreak has some beautiful photography, and they are presented in a very elegant and soothing manner. I love the way that each pic goes from bw to color. I really need to start playing around with Flash.

Panism

Lots of cool stuff (pictures, Lomo photography, QT shorts) at Pan Chan’s Panism site. I’ve got to get a Lomo camera. I really like the high-contrast pics it takes.

Still Mac-ing Away

I’m still spending way too much time with my new iMac. What an amazing machine! I still can’t get enough of that huge 17″ widesreen display. I’ve been busy moving all my stuff from my iBook (which isn’t too hard to do, since you can just put it in Target Firewire Mode and plug it directly into the iMac), as well as ripping a whole bunch of CDs, which I couldn’t do anymore on my iBook since I had no more space. The speakers that come with it are also really nice. I’ve been listening to music constantly ever since I got it. Next step is to start playing around with video again, and do some editing. I’ll probably try doing a little video project this weekend.

Outside of the Mac experience, I can say that it’s finally getting pretty chilly in Tokyo. No more t-shirt weather. But that means that it’s time again to start taking hot baths after I wash myself, which I sort of missed during the Summer. You gotta love those high Japanese bathtubs.

This weekend sees the Tokyo International Film Festival start, and I would like to see a few movies that will be presented, especially since they’ll all be shown with English subtitles. All depends on what I can afford really, since passes tend to be expensive, and the finances are sort of tight these days. I’m definitely looking forward to the RESfest, which takes place at the end of November here in Tokyo. Better start saving now.

My favorite track right now is one done by a friend of mine (Marc Xavier LeBlanc) under the name My Lost Era called “And Then Some…” It’s got a nice Stereolab/Unrest groove to it. Me likes.

A Weird Trip

It was certainly a strange trip.

Saturday started out a bit crazy as the alarm clock didn’t wake us up at 6:30 as planned. We were planning on leaving our place at around 7:15, and luckily I woke up by myself at 7 (after maybe 3-4 hours of sleep). We rushed out the door to still try to catch our Shinkansen train wich was leaving from Omiya station at 8:14. But the way there was a also screwed as the rapid train we though we could catch from Akabane wasn’t in service that early on a Saturday, which means that we got to Omiya at 8:15. Since our tickets were non-reserved seats, it meant that we could easily catch the next one, which came at 8:50 (with non-reserved seat tickets, you can use them anytime on any train for 3 days, for a one-way ride of course). The way to Niigata was also a huge letdown. On top of being overcast, most of the trip was spend in dark as the train goes through all the mountains. Niigata itself was, well, boring as hell. I’ll admit that we didn’t really have time to do anything as Yuko was busy at the university pretty much the whole day. When we got back to the station at night, at around 8-9, we found that the bus terminal was already closed. Luckily, some people told us about a night train that left at 11:30, which is what we took to come back. I barely slept all night, and we arrived in Ikebukuro at 5 the next morning. What a long day it was.

But things went very well for Yuko at the symposium. She was pretty much a hit with her lecture, and got to meet a lot of very important people in the field, who were all very intrigued by her subject matter. This is certainly going to give her a good boost in her academic career.

To finish off, let me say that I never want to go to Niigata again (well, not the city at least, I here the prefecture is supposed to be nice).