Publicity and Thank you

A big thank you to Freerun magazine and also to LJ a free magazine that you can pick up at music stores and more around Japan. Freerun did a nice two page spread covering the Blueblood 10th anniversary party that was held in Tokyo last month.

Also big thanks to LJ for a nice interview and feature in their latest issue. This is a cool magazine that covers music mainly music festivals and also camping gear and locations. It is free and you can find it at Tower Records and lots of other cool shops and cafes.

If you read the interview and feel a sudden urge to buy a copy of my book “BLUETiFUL”. You can find a copy at Shugakuso in Sapporo. I went there today and confirmed that they have three copies still for sale!


Next event in Sapporo!

Posted this earlier today on my blog so you may have already seen it…

Next up! Release party at “Concept Shop by Garage 69″ in Sapporo. I will be there on December the 17th from 3pm to about 9pm. Please stop by if you are in Sapporo. I will do two slideshows and also some DJing! It is going to be a fun party in a very cool shop!

Slideshows from 5pm and 8pm.

そこで、今年最後のイベントはゲンテンスティックやマウンテンリサーチなど、”山”にまつわるショップ「ConceptShop by garage69」で楽しい企画満載で開催します!!

BLUETiFUL exhibition

Thanks to all who came out for the opening reception at Slope Gallery on Tuesday.  Finally I am back home after a long trip and I have a few photos to share from the exhibition.  This is for those of  you who won’t be able to make it to Slope Gallery before December the 28th!

Over view shot of the whole gallery.  Yes I painted the mountain lines you see on the wall.  Nice to be able to paint directly on the wall of a gallery.  The Slope Gallery management very cool and liberal.  After each exhibition they paint over the walls.  The 20 pictures you see on the walls are actual copies of the books mounted directly to the wall.  The left page features a sequence photo of Ken Shibuya from about 7 or 8 years ago.  When you flip through the book quickly you can see his riding come to life like a comic strip.  I wanted to express that and feature that section in the gallery, so I thought there is no better way then just showing the book!

I put foot markings at two spots on the floor because if you stand right there and look left…..

The sequence lines up very nicely!

I also made four large A1 size prints and had them mounted back to back.  The carpenter Otomo made some beautiful teak wood frame that look great.  From the inside of the gallery you can see these two shots I made of Mt. Yotei.  They are actually landscape photos that have been trimmed to fit vertical in the A1 size.

And there it is lots of  copies of Bluetiful on desplay and for sale at the gallery.  If you are in the harajuku area before the 28th of this month please stop by and check it out!

Here is a closer look at how the books are attached to the wall.  Very simple screw and washer set up straight through the binding of the book!

Slope Gallery link!

Blog post on the Bueno! Books site

Exhibition in Tokyo starts next week

I have a photo exhibition starting next week in Tokyo! Just wanted to take a moment to invite everyone to come to the opening party on December the 7th! I will be at the Gallery from 6 to 8 pm on that day serving hot wine and snack! Please come by and check out the photos and maybe pick up a copy of the book BLUETiFUL! Thanks so much.

Click for a larger image.

More info below!

BLUETiFUL news and links

Lots of blogs and websites are posting info about my book “BLUETiFUL” release.  thought I would share a couple of the links here.

Champion Visions

Even Enjoy Tokyo website is posting

React Magazine|bluetiful/


Shinya’s blog

Sapporo Life

Uemura blog

Diggin Mag

Nagai Takumi

You can buy BLUETiFUL here


I also found out that there is a BLUETiFUL the clown in San Diego California

Then I found this epic song with the same title “Blue-tiful”

“Its a bluetiful day”

“Its a bluetiful world”!!



Many thanks

Many thanks to everyone who came out for the Blueblood 10th anniversary party on Monday night.  Great turn out and a lot of people picked up a copy of my book, Bluetiful,  which made me feel good.  I was too busy to take many photos, but here are a few.

Check out the festival type set up that was created for the event.  Tents with store windows.  Free curry, drinks and more.

Thanks to all who came out to buy a copy of the book.   It was fun to sit and chat with you all and hear what you think about the book.

Since it rained on Monday, the Blueblood team riders made a dash to buy the tarps seen below.  It worked out to be the perfect set up.  The rain was pretty light right up until the end when a sudden downpour came.  The tarps saved the day and made the party.

The peak of the party, I never even got to eat the curry!

Big thanks to Higashida Tomohiro for the live performance!  As always he made the crowd one!

Next afternoon in Shibuya from the 7th floor of the Tower Records building.

Tower is selling “BLUETiFUL” right alongside my Car Danchi series, very close to the register, check it out if you are in the Shibuya area.

Thanks to Matsuoka for a nice interview, which will be coming out in the street mag Hidden Champion next month!

On a final note, this is what happens to good people after drinking  too much Tequila!  The after party on Monday night got a little out of hand and we emptied three bottles of Tequila.  The casualties were two guys passed out and Mino Yuusuke pictured below wearing a jacket he should not have on for a photo session!