This is the front of the THE GHETTO located in Shin-Okubo. The front of the building even has a COPE2 piece. This was once a Love Motel, but has been converted into 7 shops, gallery, restaurant and skate park.
“The first time I stumbled upon The Ghetto it was actually not in its physical environment of Shin-Okubo - but in a vivid Flickr group. The thing is, you encounter Love Hotels, Asian restaurants and loads of shops selling star stickers of Korean singers in this diverse neighbourhood. But you wouldn’t fanthom finding a former Love Hotel turned into a graffiti space with several skater shops and a bar - and a skate ramp in the lobby. After a renovation with lots of care for every detail, the space opened finally more than a year ago. Lovely! PingMag had a chat with skater Akihiko “AKO” Ohashi who runs it now since his grandmother handed over the reigns.”
We’re planning the trip of all trips to Japan, flying into Tokyo in mid-November, leaving two weeks later, and I’ve never been so stoked in my life. If you have any ‘must visit’ spots in Japan, post a comment and let me know. I don’t really want to plan a day-by-day itinerary or anything, but I want to get a list of awesome places/shops/restaurants/galleries/etc so that we can make the most out of our trip.
Planning a “What would you do if you lived there” trip mixed with tourist attractions is effing great. So much research and awesomeness you never knew existed.
Getting out of my car, after the service guy takes down my vin number, I head over to the service manager with whom I made the appointment with on the day prior. After balancing manners, quips, and adult language I am lead to the dungeon. While walking at a slowish pace I am shown to three lounges, a bar with fresh fruit, water, sodas, and pastries, followed by a business area where mongoloidal burnt out, post-child rearing adults gawk at my black hoodie, white American Apparel polo, plaid shorts, and boat shoes.
After my escort departs, I wander to the men’s restroom where I find treasures Aladdin could never dream up. Cloth like paper towels, pearly urinals, gold flake embedded sink basins, whicker chairs that could be used for napping, and enclosed stalls with personal sinks and full-bodied mirrors in stalls so you can watch yourself defecate and dream about how the shit squished from your browneye.
After leaving the comforts of the bathroom I braved the hallway leading to the lounge far away from the 40 year-old mongos.heading towards the light I heard the siren call of Genesis, followed by the sight of angels.
This my friends… is luxury. Fuck leather seats that blow cold air on your ass, or a light strategically placed right above your cupholder, this is now my sanctuary. Within a month, they will know my name.
UPDATE: After paying my tab of $225 for a tuneup, I was given two golden boxes of truffles. I ate one giggling on the way home.
What a great series idea. It’s such a cultural icon now that I’m surprised it hasn’t happened in the past. Lots of great stuff… check it out. (Link below photos)
Ignore the American couple that decided to do this, but watch as the camera goes around the whole sushi bar, kitchen, and back.
This made my hairy bell all warm, I love to find things like this (didn’t find, Joshua found). “Incredible” is definitely the key word here. Take Away Shows are done by La Blogotheque in France, check the other ones and note how hideous the girl in Arcade Fire is.
Lets fly to France! mmmm… More After the Jump…
So Nike Japan has realeased a new Nike ID… the Nike Cosplay Outfit. Customize your costume, just like you would a pair of sneakers. It’s amazing. Their ad campaign is really brilliant too: