First of all I have to say mahalo and どうも ありがと to my homie Masa in Tokyo for sending me a fat box of some of my favorite Japanese shit!
No, it's not porn or Shaka Shaka chicken, it's a stack of skate mags:
Haven't been to Japan for a little over a year now, seriously missing it right now but this helps to satisfy some of my cravings.
Also rad to see the homies in Japan all shredding and getting coverage!
My man Lui Araki and the Strush Wheels crew are working on their new video, can't wait to see this shit!!
The first one was pretty epic and I can only imagine what they have in store for this next offering, I mean they got Shinpei Ueno and Takahiro Morita on the team shredding as well as filming for this so its got to be on some top notch shit.
Stoked that the homie Venice Nogami a.k.a. Venix has an interview here talking about his Dorcus brand clothing line among other things.
Dude is triple O.G. in the Osaka scene and a super hardcore b-boy as well that really knows his hip-hop.
So rad to see KD-San shredding his own creation, sick backside Smith!
R.I.P. Fuzenna, Osaka's most hardcore skate shop and home of this insanely gnar wooden bowl that is sadly no more.
Glad I got to session it at least once before it closed down, ARIGATOU KD-SAN for the memories!
Naotaka Ohya from Uniful Skateboards putting in work for Etnies Japan.
Nao-San and Lui have a company called L.I.F.E. that is pretty rad, the blog is incredible.
My main man Masa is in the process of opening another PhiWiSpot!
Fuck yeah Masa do that shit!
Lui repping again, this time for Know1edge clothing out of Hong Kong.
Lui is a bad motherfucker and if you didn't know he's O.G. Zoo York affiliated.
SB Skateboard Journal:
Also, Lui (in sunglasses) is down with Nitraid SB and is featured in their new DVD entitled A.N.T.I. (All Nitraid's Tokyo Incredibles), another video I'm jonesing to get my hands on.
One of the raddest things about this particular issue of SB from last year is the messages of hope sent to Japanese skaters by others all over the world after the earthquake and tsunami devastation that occured last March.
I had never seen these photos that Atiba Jefferson took of some of the baddest motherfuckers on four wheels taking the time to express wishes of hope and recovery for the nation of Japan, so rad!
Former Hawaiian resident and Tokai University student Kento Takahashi representing Lesque Skateboards and In4mation with a hardflip backside revert over a flat water gap.
Gaijin ripper Ron Whaley got a killer airwalk at Brazil, one of the raddest natural transition spots in the country, Osaka represent!
Once again, this dude Wataru is all over the place, big in Japan as they say, but then again why wouldn't he be?
Shralping wall ride.
For real, though, he's everywhere!
Seriously, brahddah really is everywhere.
REALLY, THIS MOTHERFUCKER IS EVERYWHERE!
Even in San Francisco on the motherfucking cover of Thrasher Japan!!
They only print this every now and then, the last issue of Thrasher Japan was 5 years ago, so this is a pretty big deal.
Wataru straight killing 'em on tour in the Bay Area!
Backside noseblunt slide at this spot?
Shred so hard he broke his stick!
Getting a late pass!
Also from Okinawa is Wataru's Boardchill bredren Chris Matayoshi, who also happens to be a Treevisions associate.
Frontside five-o with power and finesse.
Jordyclot's little homie and The Spliff All-Stars Japan representative Yuto Kojima getting some in L.A. representing IFO Skateboards.
Kenji Kumeda from Osaka representing Royal Hawaii Pool Service with a manly crailslide at the Felem compound.
This Euro classic Pontus Alv found that killer bank spot that I thought nobody knew about.
The one and only Jay Adams, original Skate Nazi!
Speaking of classic covers, this one IS THE SHIT!
Tommy Guerrero at Wallows.
It all comes back to Hawaii!
ALOHA and jamatane!