TOJ - updates on the debacle, complaints, news about other ventures, whatever.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by impolyt_one, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Senior member

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    p.s. gas is only $4.05/gallon here - reasonable, since this is a little island, and gas starts at 96 octane here :devil:
     


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    mreggen Senior member

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    For a westener, it seems like they not only have speciality shops for everything, but entire districts with pretty niche purposes. Like Kappabashi-dori
     


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    We have that too in the Bowery :slayer:

    also lighting fixtures / lamps and shit

    Japan doesn't get to have ALL the fun
     
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    same all over nyc
     


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    Edit: oops wrong thread
     
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    yes, and that actually relates to my next venture. More on that much later I guess, it's something else I've been working on to support another passion of mine.

    They do have sprawling towns for all kinds of specialities in Tokyo. I'm headed over to the furniture street in Meguro later today, it's like a mile of furniture stores, a lot of it is junk, but a lot of nice MCM and designer stuff as well. Pretty weird to see all these used junker '80's Poltrona Fraus and B&B Italias, Cassina stuff, etc. I guess it has to go somewhere. The fancy retail stuff is all up and down Aoyama, that is where people with brand new Cassina sofa money go I guess. :eek:
    Likewise they have Akihabara for electronics (though no one buys electronics there anymore and it's just a huge nerd hangout with the maid cafes and shit) and a couple Ameyoko arcades in Ueno, etc that specialize in American paraphernalia like denim and stuff.

    I actually find Japan and Australia to be kinda similar feeling, obviously Tokyo is a lot more intense, but it feels more similar to Australia than America, for sure. Lots of greenery and weird prehistoric like foliage randomly scattered around, lots of weird of hand-painted signage that looks like it hasn't changed in many decades. Lots of the 1980's residential homes have a similar look to the ones built in Australia during that time - especially the ones made in that blonde brick that was so popular back then - brick and steel fence, little jurassic era palm trees and a tiny rock garden, paved driveway with one big Japanese car parked under a pergola, all-around ugly 80's residential architecture - they look really similar. Inside, the houses are similar too - no thermal insulation, lots of textured glass and louvers, toilets are separate and on the other side of the house from the bathroom, it's much like Australia or other British colonial places I guess. You get a similar feeling when you get on one of the JR overland rail lines at some century-old British-made rail station with a short little concrete and wood platform, and ride into the city center (on the left side, of course). Very stoic and workaday, kind of meager feeling, though it's proper in some parts of the world I guess, certainly not America though. I suppose that's why the Japanese are obsessed with foreign brand name products and filling in the rest of the blanks with luxury things.
     


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    krayzeez Senior member

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    I think the whole toilet and bathroom in different rooms concept is stupid. It definitely irked me when I went to visit Australia. What if you gotta wash your hands after you go but someone is in the shower.
     
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    ^What if you have to take a shit, then take a shower? Or you want to take a shower and someone is on the throne?
     


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    impolyt_one Senior member

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    They put a sink in the toilet too man.
     


  10. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Senior member

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    There are toilet seats that give your asshole a rinse and a blow dry. Theoretically the number of dingleberries in Japan should be significantly reduced.
     


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    cyc wid it Senior member

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    So Drew, about this proposed 10000 free round trip tickets plan to boost tourism in Japan. They want influential internets type people who will plan interesting trips and write about them etc. Styleforum/ToJ sound about right to me :nodding:
     


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    I love my shitty separate shitter, makes me feel like my shitty house has more shitty rooms. But yeah even in new estate homes down here you see separate toilets.

    Now onward with the talking about the jackets!
    Now i was thinking the great bonus about the VTG then getting say a lamb is that when i get it, it won't matter if i scuff it up a bit, for example if i fell down wasted, as over time those imperfections would just add more character to the jacket. Darker shades to the elbows and what not. (Not that i would intentionally do that..)
     
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    impolyt_one Senior member

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    yeah that is true, it's a jacket you can abuse if you want to. It's an empty canvas. If you want perfection in a black leather jacket, you get black leather. If you want 'natural' and the imperfections in the skin that come along with that, then you go with veg tan. You would look like a professional badass once your jacket is broken in, tanned and browned, and has a few scars in it. Styles will come and go but a collared single-breasted leather jacket will probably stay cool forever, especially one tanned over time. Sadly, it'll last longer than your pets.
     


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    Drew, when's your next shipping day? Crossing my fingers for my grey TOJ1. Thanks!
     


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    notwithit Pullup laureate

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    Those things kinda freak me out. It seems like toilets in Japan are either a) pretty much an open trough at ground-level (I'm still not clear on how women use these) or b) the most technologically advanced crapper you've ever seen.

    I think there's a lesson here regarding the duality of man.
     


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