Howdy from Tokyo!
Been here for a while now, it's a different world but I like it better each day! I still feel like a stranger and a little isolated but it'll be fine. Meeting friends is a welcome exchange from staying in this guest house. I hope my japanese will improve in heaps.
Shibuya is maybe not as crazy as I thought it would be. That, or it's not yet dawning on me that I am actually in Tokyo.
People are so different here. They mostly keep to themselves it seems, feeling a little detached around them. And then they have occasions with 'forced' socializing. It's all about wearing different masks and playing multiple roles I guess. Maybe I am not as japanese as I thought I was...
Hunting for artbooks is fun but there are not as many as expected.
Found Sentinel II by Syd Mead which is almost a must-buy but it's 6800 yen which is quite a bit... I think I will give in eventually
Got some Ghibli books at Mandarake which turned out to be just archives so I wanted to return them - unsuccessfully
Got a couple other nice ones though
If anyone knows secret places for artbooks, let me know! So far, I have checked 2 Mandarakes and a few Book Offs where they have nice sales.
The weather is hot and humid but I am not really affected by it. Does me good.
Watched Inception the other day: finally we have something absolutely original coming out of Hollywood and done at such perfection it's refreshing. This movie is going to create a whole new pop culture classic just like in the old days when we had franchises like Indiana Jones or Alien that affected a whole generation. Nolan is probably the best director working in Hollywood these days and I am looking forward to seeing Batman 3. Or maybe 'Inception 2: Dream bigger, darling'?
And do I sense a Joker replacement/flashback scenes with Joseph Gordon Levitt?EDIT:
went to Nakano, Broadway the other day - it was golden!! Thanks to everyone who pointed that out!
I found two books I had been looking for everywhere - Kusanagi background illustrations vol. 2 and 3
And then I found Syd Mead's Oblagon which was just too good to be true! For a laughable 4200 Yen which is roughly 38 Euros! Will get that other one (Sentinel 2) in Akihabara later as well
Also, today I found out that Mr. Mead had been working on a new book title for the last decade which will hit shelves in October! OMG, check it out and get it, y'all! [link]
I will climb Fujisan some time soon, that will be an adventure! Also gonna check out the Ghibli musuem and most likely be at Dr. Sketchy in Shibuya Tokyo on 25th of August.