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« Reply #60 on: February 17, 2017, 01:30:44 AM »

Hey Japan Pals-

I will be in Japan for the next 10 days, 5 in Tokyo, a few in Kyoto, and a couple days around Mt. Fuji. Wondering what the best core Tokyo shop is, and if there is a central "plaza" spot to meetup with skaters?  I won't have much time to skate, but have always been fascinated by the Tokyo scene. Any general tips for exploring the scene not already mentioned would be very helpful.

Also- would anyone be willing to "rent" me a complete to use for a day or so? I've been backpacking and couldn't bring my board along. Anyone willing to help I will gladly pay. Thanks in advance!
There are always skaters here:
https://goo.gl/maps/6mhmkJBzVs92
This spot is garbage but people are always there (after 8pm).

Also here along the river:
https://goo.gl/maps/eqkvMZKcjrJ2
Most of the cheap hostels are in this area so if you're staying around there, I'd recommend that over Shibuya (after 8pm).

I'm not really down with renting out my ax but if you're going to buy one this is cheapest place in Tokyo:
https://goo.gl/maps/M57HNbEZBT32
Cash only, no credit cards.

I'll add Mortar to GISM's list:
https://goo.gl/maps/T9pA4DrqYeq
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« Reply #61 on: April 13, 2017, 05:27:23 PM »

FAR-EAST FORTNIGHT

Here's a video I made from my trip to Tokyo this summer if anyone wants to check it out!


UH. Not sure how I missed it, but this video ruled. You guys rip!

I didn't get to skate at all when I was there in March, but I'm hoping to skate a lot the next time I visit.  Would you be able/willing to find pins/addresses for any of these spots?
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« Reply #62 on: April 25, 2017, 08:55:21 AM »

Not necessarily about Tokyo or Osaka but this seems like the most poppin' thread about Japan on the board

I am graduating from school over here in Long Beach in about two months and have been heavily looking into moving to Japan to teach English for a bit.  I currently have a buddy living/teaching over at a private school in Toyohashi and he said that he could potentially set me up with a job at his school, place to live, etc. over there(at least get me situated). Toyohashi definitely seems like a smaller less "happening" city but my friend seems to have a great setup over there right now and with him being able to help me get a job etc. -  makes everything about moving to a foreign country a lot less stressful rather than move to a city on my own and trying to get setup.


My friend doesn't skate at all - So I guess i'm curious if there is a small skate scene going on around or in Toyohashi(or Nagoya or any neighboring cities/areas)? I definitely plan on skating over there in my free time(even if that just means flat ground in a shitty parking lot!) and possibly picking up surfing again because I am seeing that Toyohashi gets waves...

calling the delegates of Slap Japan GIMP or Jive! any insights(skating, the city in general, location etc.) on Toyohashi/Nagoya/Surrounding areas? Thank yaaaa!
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« Reply #63 on: April 25, 2017, 04:58:24 PM »

I actually have some friends in Toyohashi. There is a tight little scene there and a couple of DIY parks. Nagoya is also close and they have a good scene as well. And if you surf the beaches near you are great.
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« Reply #64 on: April 27, 2017, 09:34:29 PM »

habby> just do it mate, seriously! I first moved here when I was 20 and I loved it so much I'm still here 18 years later. Don't worry about the small city thang, I live in bumfuck nowhere and there's still lots of skaters here (especially when compared to 15+ years ago). As you said you've got access to Nagoya and Aichi, as a prefecture, is pretty central in the scheme of things so once you find a crew you can travel to other parts of Japan for the weekend or whatever. The other thing is that there are literally spots EVERYWHERE in Japan and most of them are untouched. Don't believe me? Remember this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ximtDZ3o7Ts
Lots of those spots are in my general vicinity (1 I can see from my balcony) and again I'm not even on the mainland Shocked
The other great thing is that once you get your work visa/ are in Japan, you can look for new jobs/ locations if you don't end up liking Toyohashi. Hit me if you need anything else!
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« Reply #65 on: April 28, 2017, 02:29:22 PM »

habby> just do it mate, seriously! I first moved here when I was 20 and I loved it so much I'm still here 18 years later. Don't worry about the small city thang, I live in bumfuck nowhere and there's still lots of skaters here (especially when compared to 15+ years ago). As you said you've got access to Nagoya and Aichi, as a prefecture, is pretty central in the scheme of things so once you find a crew you can travel to other parts of Japan for the weekend or whatever. The other thing is that there are literally spots EVERYWHERE in Japan and most of them are untouched. Don't believe me? Remember this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ximtDZ3o7Ts
Lots of those spots are in my general vicinity (1 I can see from my balcony) and again I'm not even on the mainland Shocked
The other great thing is that once you get your work visa/ are in Japan, you can look for new jobs/ locations if you don't end up liking Toyohashi. Hit me if you need anything else!

Damn that is awesome you like it there so much! and hellzzzz yes that busenitz and silas vid. was so awesome. Thanks for all the info, nice to hear that skating is popular over there. I am currently in correspondence with the lady who does the hiring at the school and so far its looking good. I will definitely keep ya posted and will probably be contacting you with more questions haha. Thanks gimp! 



I actually have some friends in Toyohashi. There is a tight little scene there and a couple of DIY parks. Nagoya is also close and they have a good scene as well. And if you surf the beaches near you are great.

Hellllz yea to the DIY parks. I randomly started following some skaters on IG the other day that I think live in Nagoya and they're always posting clips from around the city. It looks sweet! and yes if I end up moving and live that close to the beach I will most def be picking surfing back up. thanks for the response mane!
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« Reply #66 on: May 10, 2017, 08:15:36 PM »

Hey pals. I'm staying in Tokyo for awhile. Staying near Akihabara in a hostel then may move hostel depending on the vibe and location. Does anyone want to meet up and skate some shit or have a beer? Hope you guys see this message
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« Reply #67 on: May 10, 2017, 08:32:15 PM »

habby> just do it mate, seriously! I first moved here when I was 20 and I loved it so much I'm still here 18 years later. Don't worry about the small city thang, I live in bumfuck nowhere and there's still lots of skaters here (especially when compared to 15+ years ago). As you said you've got access to Nagoya and Aichi, as a prefecture, is pretty central in the scheme of things so once you find a crew you can travel to other parts of Japan for the weekend or whatever. The other thing is that there are literally spots EVERYWHERE in Japan and most of them are untouched. Don't believe me? Remember this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ximtDZ3o7Ts
Lots of those spots are in my general vicinity (1 I can see from my balcony) and again I'm not even on the mainland Shocked
The other great thing is that once you get your work visa/ are in Japan, you can look for new jobs/ locations if you don't end up liking Toyohashi. Hit me if you need anything else!


Damn that is awesome you like it there so much! and hellzzzz yes that busenitz and silas vid. was so awesome. Thanks for all the info, nice to hear that skating is popular over there. I am currently in correspondence with the lady who does the hiring at the school and so far its looking good. I will definitely keep ya posted and will probably be contacting you with more questions haha. Thanks gimp! 



I actually have some friends in Toyohashi. There is a tight little scene there and a couple of DIY parks. Nagoya is also close and they have a good scene as well. And if you surf the beaches near you are great.


Hellllz yea to the DIY parks. I randomly started following some skaters on IG the other day that I think live in Nagoya and they're always posting clips from around the city. It looks sweet! and yes if I end up moving and live that close to the beach I will most def be picking surfing back up. thanks for the response mane!


Toyohashi has a great little scene.

The local shop is Watercolour http://watercolorskateshop.com
The local park is kamome park
There is also a little DIY at the chillout surfshop

If you go to Nagoya, you meet everyone at wakamiya and go from there
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« Reply #68 on: May 11, 2017, 08:28:15 AM »

thanks for the info man, sounds sweet! makes me stoked and also puts me at ease knowing there is a skate scene going on in Toyohashi. Would love to see pics of that DIY spot. are you in Japan as well?

I have an interview in a few days with the school I could potentially be teaching at so things are looking good for me  Grin
 
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« Reply #69 on: May 11, 2017, 04:46:17 PM »

Would love to see pics of that DIY spot. 
This is the Chillout park
https://www.instagram.com/p/mIMYRriFtc/

And this is Real Tahara
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMokunLAkHn/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTQNP4AAuqd/?tagged=realtahara
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« Reply #70 on: May 14, 2017, 05:37:50 PM »

thanks for the info man, sounds sweet! makes me stoked and also puts me at ease knowing there is a skate scene going on in Toyohashi. Would love to see pics of that DIY spot. are you in Japan as well?

I have an interview in a few days with the school I could potentially be teaching at so things are looking good for me  Grin
 

Yeah dude, I live in Fujieda (in Shizuoka prefecture) about 2hours drive from Toyohashi.

Don't get to go skating much these days.. what with being sucky (I really do suck), a salary man (salve) and a having 2yr old (with another one on the way)...

But am always keen to sneak out of dad duties when my wife has a day off... if you end up in Toyohashi i wouldn't mind going down there for a shred ... once summer is over that is.







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« Reply #71 on: May 19, 2017, 10:10:52 AM »

^sounds good man! I'll definitely keep ya posted
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« Reply #72 on: August 09, 2017, 08:03:29 PM »

Can anyone tell me where in Tokyo? this spot is?

https://youtu.be/2IGdE2e7kxo?t=1135

Also - How much do decks cost in Japan these days?

Thanks in advance for any information
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« Reply #73 on: August 09, 2017, 09:24:53 PM »

Can anyone tell me where in Tokyo? this spot is?

https://youtu.be/2IGdE2e7kxo?t=1135

Also - How much do decks cost in Japan these days?

Thanks in advance for any information
from memory, it's Osaka no? Decks are still around 10,800 full price but you can pick them up cheaper in bargain bins etc.
This guy: http://s3store.com/product/product_top.cgi?cid=c009 always has decks for a lot cheaper than that!
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« Reply #74 on: August 10, 2017, 01:30:48 AM »

That's Herbis in Osaka. The bubble is gone and the pillars have bars around them now, but you can still weave in between the bars and hit it. I think it make it's more fun honestly. Other than that it's all the same.
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