This year my Tokyo buying trip coincided with my kids spring break...so I decided to use my miles and bring them with...
Ok, I know what your thinking...SPOILED ROTTEN! Your right, but as Don Vito says in the Godfather..."I have a sentimental weakness for my children..."
At any rate, I have been wanting to bring them out for a while and thus stocking up on my airmiles, so I was finally able to put them to good use and as they say, "you can't take em with you to the grave".
WARNING! IF YOU HATE KIDS (and I don't blame you) OR AT LEAST FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE NO PLACE IN FASHION (on some Anna Wintour sitting next to the Kardashian/Wests, front row at PFW) THEN PLEASE SKIP TO OUR NEXT BLOG POST AS IF THIS WAS A "CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE BOOK". CAUSE THIS POST IS PRETTY MUCH ALL ME AND MY KIDS....SORRY.
One of the things that made this trip even remotely possible is that these guys are actually really good on the plane, Even as infants they have always been "Down by Law". People used to give us dirty looks as we were getting on the flights, half expecting our kids to go "Ape Shit", But by the end of the flight they would line up to commend us on how great they were...
Here you see them being pacified by the 'never ending selection of shitty movies on a plane god...'
Fuck...even though I was bragging before about how good they are on planes...even I didn't know how they were going to take a 13 hour flight? We made it. Check you boy young Ish doing his best impression of Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse now, with his "Two Cameras"... as we deboard in Tokyo.
Another one of the main reasons for me wanting to bring the kids out here was so that they could meet their Uncle Tomoki AKA UNCLE THUGZ. One of my best friends from college who handles everything for me in Tokyo and pulled out all the stops for the Yout Dem on this trip. THANKS UNCLE THUGZ!
..what's the first thing you think of after a 13 hour plane ride to Narita (my miles couldn't get us to Haneda...fuck! Talk about first world problems...). Well, if you said giant cow tongue something is wrong with you...but your right!
We hit up the Korean BBQ spot called "Champion" right off the plane, The kids actually loved it...tongue and all...
Well I told yall I was out here for work. I decided to try and have the kids help so they can see "The Shit I Do To Make Yall Look Fly". So I brought them with, on my Neighborhood appointment. Might as well put em to work. I had them take all of the photo's of the product for us to review and I had their mom Bephie be our model....welcome to the family biz!
I am a bit worried that the one on the right feels a bit too comfortable around fast/dangerous equipment. For those that know him...I see you nodding your head in agreement...
The NBHD incense quiver
Thanks YU for tolerating my "take your kids to work day".
...Thanks for having us Shin....and Uncle Angelo thanks for teaching my kids the worst BBOY pose....
Next stop on the "take your kids to work tour", Sasquatch Fabrix. By this time Ish tapped out and took a nap in the car while me a Solo trooped it...You can see the jet lag starting to set in on Young Solo's face...still puttin him to work!
Had to take the fellas to Shibuya to see the "flashing lights" and get the quintessential Shibuys photo's.
...um...look at this picture carefully. You are reading this correctly. That's an AD for "CHAR BROILED COLOGNE". I was so fucking tempted to buy one!!! This is definitely a fill in your own caption moment here...When would it be appropriate to use the Burger King Flame-Grilled fragrance?
This AD exec gets the "Anti Taco Bell Doritos Loco's award" for worst idea of the year. In fact, this newly invented award will from now on be know as the BK Fragrance award. What next a "Whopper Smoothie"?
ok... the weekend is here so time for a little RR. Japan takes advertising smoking to kids to a whole new level...
ahh...Harajuku, Takashita street to be exact or as UNCLE THUGZ calls it, TAKE A SHIT STREET. Had to bring the kids here to see the madness....
we did a full day of shopping around Tokyo and them drove out to Hakone for my favorite pass time of all...Onsen (Hot Springs). If you ever go to Japan do yourself a favor and find an Onsen...truly therapeutic But first a little Shabu Shabu. Here Aunite Arisa helps young Ish order...
The fellas! Young Ish is probably breaking down Urban Thermo Dynamics to me right now...Solo is just waiting on the food as always...
For those that don't know Onsen's are Japanese natural hot springs. The only kind of weird thing about it is you have to get naked and it's a public thing...once you get passed the awkward baggage that we Judea Christian westerners bring with us, it's actually the truth. I just do one giant PAUSE before entering. I took some photo's of the kids with their "Adventure Time" Bath towels...I promised them not to blog them...but I have them on file for blackmailing purposes down the road...
Solo was a trooper and ate anything and everything we put in front of him...
... a lot of quintessential shots on this trip...Here we have the quintessential bullet train shot. #FUCKING TOURISTS
On our way to Kyoto!
First stop in Kyoto...The Golden Temple...KinKaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The garden complex is an excellent example of Muromachi period garden design. The Muromachi period is considered to be a classical age of Japanese garden design
looks peaceful right?
did I forget to mention it was Cherry Blossom season. It was a mad house there. #FUCKING TOURISTS
UNCLE THUGZ, AKA, Thug Moki, AKA SUGGZZ AKA TOM ANDERSON
keeping us on schedule...oh. Did I mention that to save a little gwap and because I can be a cheap bastard...we stayed with Tomoki on this trip? He put us up and was a gracious host the whole time, But I def. felt like I imposed a bit like Randy Quaid in XMAS Vacation...
...stay tuned for part deux.