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Entries in Japan (4)

Tuesday
Jun012010

How'd he do that?

Alright so I admit it. I’m a thief. I totally stole this from Geekologie. But in my defense one, it was so freakin’ cool I had to share and number two, they found it on youtube. Why are all the cool videos from Japan? Does it just mean they have waaaaay too much free time? On behalf of my peoples, YES, yes we do. But hey, at least we make cool videos that the rest of the world can enjoy and waste time at work watching, right?

Honestly, if you aren’t checking out Geekologie, you really should be it’s a really cool website that has all of this geek news. Or just news that’s awesome! Wait aren’t they one in the same?

Tuesday
Jun012010

Snorkling, and Scam Artists

This past week I was lucky enough to go to Hawaii. Hawaii’s great because it’s like a state sized Japan Town. It’s not quite Japan but the influence is awesome. You can get Japanese food everywhere and most of the signs are also in Japanese. At the same time, everyone speaks English, because obviously it’s America. One huge Japan Town.

My favorite thing about Hawaii is the water. It’s so warm, clear and with the right equipment you can see fish swim right by. By right equipment I mean goggles and a snorkel. If you go to the island of Oahu, Hanauma Bay is a must. It’s $7 per person to get in but it’s totally worth it. You know all of the cool fish you see in “Finding Nemo”? That’s what it’s basically like, swimming in an aquarium. This time I even got to see a sea turtle! It was so cool. But remember to bring food, because as far as I could tell there were no vendors.

My least favorite thing was the pushy vendors. Now I was in Waikiki, a huge tourist trap, and I’m not saying they’re all scam artists, but there was this one place that just made me feel uncomfortable like I was in Las Vegas. For example my girlfriend saw a teapot that she wanted and the vendor was all up in our grill. She showed us a matching tea cup and saucer set which we agreed to get. We agreed with the saleslady to pay $47 for the teapot and cup set, but told her we don’t have the cash, so we’ll be right back. She kept talking to keep us there even though we would’ve been right back. Finally she agreed to take $15 in cash and $32 on a card. But then things got crazy. After she took the cash and we signed the receipt, she told us we owed her another $10! Can you believe it? We had to stay there another 10 minutes arguing with her until finally I put my foot down and told her we’re either taking the merchandise or the money back, but assured her there was going to be no new exchange of cash. She begrudgingly bagged our goods… slowly. And we left.

I don’t mean to sound racist, but I felt like I was in a Russel Peters comedy sketch.

I swear at one part of the conversation this woman told me to be a man, and the crazy thing is that I think she was directing that comment at my girlfriend.

The energy it took to not be swindled amounted to more than $10. I feel like she got an extra $50 of my time and patience. I’m not a bargaining kind of guy. Never have been. But I’ve never experienced the price going up even after we’d agreed and payment had been exchanged. The nerve of some people.

But all in all, it was a pretty awesome vacation. We drove all over the island and actually stopped at some interesting places. Include the Dole Plantation, which has the largest hedge maze in the world. (According to Guiness 2001)

Tuesday
Jun012010

COSPA STORE!

I love Akihabara. The last time I was there was on a business trip. We were actually filming 2 documentaries. One on Robotech and the second was on Power Rangers. I had the pleasure of accompanying Tony Oliver who was both the voice actor for Rick Hunter and Saba the talking tiger saber, not to mention the producer of Power Rangers. Unfortunately I only had 2 hours to spend in Akihabara. Which I used the majority of the time in Cospa. This awesome little Anime goods store. Ever wanted a ring that gave you +3 intelligence? Or how about a cup from the White Base cafeteria? You can get it all and more at the Cospa Store!

Tuesday
Jun012010

Behind The Scenes - 01

Ah the memories. I know it was only about a year ago, but it still feels like forever. I came across these pictures and realized I hadn’t put them up yet. So here they are for your viewing pleasure.

Man, I totally remember this shoot. Just the uncertainty of if this would even work. If what I was trying to do would make sense to those who watched. But at the same time the excitement of the potential this shoot had. This was where it all started, the beginning of not only Freddie but the Psychotaku as well.

We trekked for about an hour, with equipment in each hand. Over hills and valleys just to make it to this secluded stream. Granted the location was perfect, no signs of technology anywhere, but it came with a price. My crew, with only my ramblings of the vision I had, had little knowledge of what I was doing. However they too contained the excitement of the unknown ahead of them.

In the end, everyone witnessed my vision first hand and each shoot became that much easier. I could do more because my crew knew because of this first shoot we could all pull it off. But a little piece inside of me knows that the mystery of the unknown of the fishing location held a little bit of magic that could never be recaptured.

Check out more Behind The Scene photos here!