April 15, 2008. The next morning after our return from Hazu, Kaorico and I breakfasted on kiwi, miso soup with tofu and wakame sea vegetable, green salad with sesame-miso dressing, rice, and two different cooked vegetable dishes. Japanese food is amazing. It looks beautiful, tastes great, and you feel good afterwards. How great is THAT?
After breakfast we visited a local music store to see if someone there could repair the jack on my guitar, which had become unreliable in sound output. No one could. So, for the rest of my tour, I played the guitar into a microphone instead. Back in LA, I took it to a guitar repair shop, and discovered the problem was only dirt in the jack, which the repair guy removed with a cotton swab. Even I could have done that., if I had been able to figure out what to do.
Next I traveled by train into Tokyo. I saw this anti-litter advisory in the Harajyuku station.
My mission for the day was to meet with Keisuke Era and Junko Tamaki, who are organizing an art show of the original drawings and layout of Living on the Earth at the Kurkku complex in Harajyuku. I delivered the work, for which master craftsman Yuji Kamioka would eventually create 178 one-of-a-kind drift wood frames. We would only show 30 pieces in the upcoming show, but we would have other shows in the future, until all the images were sold.
Yuji showed me a sample of the frames. I was delighted.
On my way back to Harajyuku Station, I walked through one of my favorite Tokyo places. Takeshita Street, a bustling neighborhood where throngs of high school-and-college-aged people shop, eat and go to night clubs. It has the air of a carnival, and there are lots of people in costume.
This lovely girl in white agreed to let me take her picture.
Easter on Takeshita Street
A very theatrical storefront.
The bargain rack. One thousand yen is about $10.00
The layered look is much favored here.
Next, I took the train to Shibuya to buy art supplies at Tokyu Hands, a big department store with a big art and craft supply department. The intersection outside of the Hachiko entrance to Shibuya station reminded me of Times Square, with its gigantic animated signs.