Monday, August 30, 2010

Funny YouTube Clip

Pretty lighthearted music clip put together by a surfer in NZ, somewhere in the south? Dunners perhaps?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

That Party...


Really fun night out!
Looking forward to next year

Dave, Hop and Me chillin' outside while the crowd gathers and begins to queue.
"KAT", Tokyo born and NZ raised musician, played some groovy soulful tunes.
"A2RON", a Hawaiian transplant, and Travis played some hi octane songs which got the crowd pumped.
Kelia's longboard was the main "GIVEAWAY" and Aiko had all her fingers and toes crossed to win it but it wasn't enough to walk away with the prize.
Hoptong, Makaha local, ripper and Grace Surfboards rider, had a little more luck than Aiko and won this 'eco' bag with a few goodies for his troubles.

Monday, August 23, 2010

My old Haunts

(photos were taken by a guy called Digga on the site)
I stumbled across these pics of Whiritoa, my old summer haunts. I used to spend a lot of time over the summer life guarding and surfing here. A steep profile meant that the waves often broke pretty hollow, fast and with some punch. I went over the falls on more than one occasion. It was a sharp learning curve but I have good memories...

Friday, August 20, 2010

tomio: the artist

I went to a really cool party hosted by Kirby Fukunaga, a Hawaiian Pro surfer that's been coming to Japan over the years chasing typhoons, doing JPSA events and having a good time along the way. He had been taking care of a couple of young Hawaiian rippers, Kelia and Isaiah Moniz, with big futures ahead of them and the party was to push their profiles in the Japan surf scene.At the party I met a friend of Sei Nagai, Tomio. He is a really talented artist with a groovy laid back vibe to his surf and beach lifestyle inspired works. He was doing a live painting as the party proceeded around him and one lucky party-goer had the lucky ticket to win the finished product. I'm sure it looks good on someone's wall!
Check out his official website HERE
and his Web shop HERE

Thursday, August 19, 2010

iPhone 4

Yep, that's right, a new iPhone 4!!!
It's not mine, it's my wife's, but I do get to play around on it. It makes my old phone look pre-historic!!


During the Obon week holiday Aiko felt cabin fever hitting so we decided to take a drive and went into the city, to IKEA (a furniture outlet) and LaLa Port (a large shopping mall). At IKEA we were checking out dining tables and found a good deal on one but a set of 4 chairs were twice the price of the table so we decided to wait a bit longer. We did however pick up a second counter stool to go with the one we already have and Aiko scored some new plants.

Our Plumeria is also getting closer and closer to blooming!!! We are kinda excited because last year it didn't flower and the Plumeia flowers not only look great but also have such a nice aroma. Fingers crossed, they should come out in a week or so.....stay tuned


This video is classic. NZ has a long way to go to rival Japan for it's rail punctuality.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fishing with Friends

It's official, OBON has started and the traffic to go anywhere is as good an indicator as any that the best thing to do is to stay put and enjoy what we have on our front door step.

There were no waves to speak of following the weak TD that passed over the country so it was decided to try our luck fishing.

First stop, YAKS STORE. They had so many options that we were a little overwhelmed at first but settled on a $20 rod and reel deal and some basic hook set ups, bait and some cold drinks (fishing is hot, hard work!).
Next it was back down to the Marina where we got ourselves all comfortable and rigged the lines ready for action...
It took awhile to reel in the first one, the honor going to Mizuki, a tiny sucker that after posing for a picture (in case there were no more opportunities) was quickly released to swim with his buddies again. Then I reeled in his "big" brother...
The old guys to our right were catching Aji (horse mackerel) every so often so fingers crossed it was just a matter of time and patience....Kona was the first to strike, landing an Iwashi (sardine).The flood gates opened and everyone got in on the action with Aiko getting the best of it.

Back home and the girls got to work cooking and whipped up a delicious dish with the aid of "", a great online site with truck loads of recipes for every occasion just like this.

Kona made a sumptuous Parfait for everyone for dessert to wrap things up on what was a very enjoyable and relaxing day.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Donya Ken

Celebrated a friend's wife's birthday the other day and went to a couple of eating establishments. Wasabi, which I posted about almost a month and a half ago, and Donya. Ken and his family are in fine form and the shop is doing good. He whipped up this plate of fried chicken for us especially which we devoured as we savoured a few big botts of Saporro. (pic stolen from Dave's Blog)
And here is a gem that I had from ages ago. Ken's boy is now in Junior H.S. but still knows how to serve an ice cold beer! Here he is cracking the top off one of my big botts, blues brother sunnies and all. Sweet Bro!!

Man time flies...

Thursday, August 12, 2010


We've had this plumeria since it was a cutting and it has grown and grown. It doesn't much like the cold in winter but it's getting to the point where it's too big to bring inside.

It looks as though we should have flowers soon.

Stay tuned....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Summer means SUIKA

Japanese love their watermelon in the summer and are prepared to pay big bucks for the pleasure of eating a nice juicy one. Coming from NZ we take them for granted a little. So next time you see one on the roadside or at the supermarket, think of us here in Japan paying $20 US a pop.
Big MAHALO to our neighbours, for this slice of heaven all the way from Niigata.


With forecasted thunder storms and rain over the last few days and the prospect of a typhoon crossing the country this Thursday, plans to scale Mt Fuji have taken a back seat. Instead, it's been fun waves in Kamogawa with very few people out! Just the way I like it.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Ain't it cool how you can sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home, cold beer in hand, and watch live surfing?

The quality of coverage is improving event by event and the US Open is leading the way. Guess what I'll be doing tonight/tomorrow morning?

Thursday, August 5, 2010


After the excitement of the fireworks festival, Aiko and I had a nice relaxing weekend. We hung out at the beach, had a few swims, watched 'Sherlock Holmes' on DVD (awesome movie in my opinion!Right up there with my favs) and went for a drive down the coast.....argh, the serenity....

BTW, only 3 days of work until Obon Vacation starts! Yeah Haaa!!!


As per usual, I was working this day. It seems there is some kind of conspiracy to not run these events on a Sunday....Oh well, what can you do?

We handed out FANS! That's what we did! 500 of them! Actually it was pretty easy work and they went like hot cakes as they out classed the rival AU fans and it was a rather warm night. With any luck we might get some business from it, if not then at least we raised the profile of the school and got our name and face out there.

A lot of students had to study through the din but a lot of others got to enjoy the festival. (A-chan had to study, Y-chan got to party. I know who I'd rather be.)

My lesson at that time was still in Australia on a 2 week home stay so I had a free period. Once I was done with the fans I headed to the roof and snapped these photos. A lot of people had vantage points from far away to avoid dealing with the traffic, parking and people down by the beach.

Every year the show runs for an hour, 7:30~8:30, so once I had officially finished for the day I ran across the street, purchased a couple of ice cold Sapporo Beers and then Aiko and I headed down to beach to see things from the front row for the last 10-15 minutes or so. It was even better close-up and the boulevard was packed with people and stalls selling festival foods. I saw lots of our fans in use which was good, too. Pics from the beach.

Good News!

K-kun (pictured below) made the first cut off for his speech contest and will be going to represent at the all Chiba event. He'll also be joined by the only other student from school to enter, L-chan. They've done a fantastic job to get this far and all their hard work and extra effort put in is reaping rewards. Keep your fingers and toes crossed and wish them luck on the big stage mid September!