Sugizo – Tree of Life

SuGiZo – Tree of Life

I bought it on a day when the moon was FULL….
and this was one of the few things that worked out great today…
a lot of stuff did NOT go my way..
so this will be about my life and my day, my tree of life and not much about Sugizo LOL

Then again when I got home, around midnight, I summed it all up …

…and you know it’s really funky how we tend to emotionally really can mess up our
experiences, whether it be over a day, a week or a life time…
I was upset because for a ton of silly mishaps and ‘emergencies’.
I ended up being so delayed that I (and well Phoe-Lo too) had to skip a LIVE tonight

The other ‘bad’ thing that happened was that I bought a Japanese iTunes card and my American account still blocks it out.
So these two things made me think gaaah what a day…
but then when I looked at the whole picture….I saw something different, or maybe
I saw it differently
……
a hide-miracle happened, and I got a last minute appointment for doing the
tattoo
that I felt was so important to me already before leaving for Japan,
and was one of the must do things here in Japan!
I was just sitting at dinner time and talking with Phoe-Lo and I said to her:
“Well the tattoo I guess just wasn’t meant to happen, because the only time I have now
would be Thursday after 6 pm, and the only place I know about said they didn’t have any
times until next week….”
…..
Why does hide always have to do miracles in very the last minute ?? ha ha ha
After midnight I got an email in my inbox… one of the tattoo guys said he could
come in on Thursday and do it for me.. would 7PM/19:00 o’clock be a good time…
WOW… Yes yes yes!
by the way this is the text that will be embodied …or embedded or.. inked…
or ha ha ha ha  it will be tattooed…

ピンクスパイダー 空は呼んでいる

the very same words I heard at Miura Reien in May…when I decided that YES I should
jump, leap, fly… and catch a pink cloud …and be in Japan….for a reason that wasn’t
totally clear to me.….

Also I was upset at Tower Records in Ikebukuro for not having the Ra:IN album I wanted
to buy…but I should choose to be happy that they could put one on hold in the
Shibuya store for it…
See there is always a choice on how to react.…but we all tend forget that..

Same when the Izakaya here downstairs had no table … first I was upset..
or well not toooo bad, but I was a little annoyed, but then, because of it, we
decided to go to the little Spanish place across the street.. and
WOW I got a glass of the best Rioja Crianza wine with just the perfect temperature…
so what am I really whining about and WHY?

To relearn takes time because we need to unlearn old ways of thinking first,
old ways of reacting to our reality….

The best thing today though, was also the reason that I was delayed
( and still I felt negatively about it… weird),
was that I printed out the art work I have been working on.
It came out way better than I could possibly have hoped for, so once again I had proved
to myself that rethinking and abolishing evaluation, as well as not dividing life in terms of
good and bad is the WAY TO GO!!

I am sad, yes I am sad, to leave Japan, but on the other hand I am also
sooooo happy to be able to see some of my beloved people in the US.
Friends that I miss and love..
and now tonight, when I sat online I received a few messages that means the world to me… and I felt how my inner core started to fire up and sparkle by the thought alone
of seeing this friend again!
oh you LIFE … I OWE you MY everything…
oh yes, my life has a life of its own and it is quite
fascinating to UNFOLD it….

oh and regarding my tattoo, I got it at Tokyo Hardcore Tattoo
Highly recommend them!
https://www.facebook.com/TOKYO-HARD-CORE-TATTOO-188100754537592/

 

 

 

 

 

Shinya a.k.a. トカレフ

Vagu*Project’s guitarist Shinya (previously knows as Tokarev/トカレフ)

Some times this talented guitarist has a tendency to look like a very special pink spider
when he is on stage and playing his guitar.

 

 

 

A Short Memory Lane


Shinya (previously known as Tokarev / トカレフ)

YuI on Guitar and Vocals

Ryo on bass

 

Another one with Shinya

Vagu*Project revisited

Tonight I have spent many many hours going through all the Vagu*Project photos for
a special purpose that I will reveal shortly…
Just want to share some of these photos with you tonight for a trip down, the relatively
short memory lane… Since October 28th of last year

 

 

 

Meeting with Tetsu at Bar Boogie Stock

We met with Tetsu-san at his Bar Boogie Stock in Shin Daita

He wanted to introduce me and Phoe-Lo to his band Mint Mints

and WOW did we like it!

You can listen to some here

http://www.myspace.com/mintmints

and read News Here…

http://blog.livedoor.jp/mintmints/

I have been very busy and out and about lately, so instead of going back in time on the blog,
I decided to start with this very MOMENT  – the NOW!

I’m sitting here in my apartment in 渋谷 区 東京 …
ok …it says Shibuya-ku, Tokyo…

Shibuya-ku is the city ward of Tokyo where I live right NOW, but not for much longer…
time is running out and I will fly out and leave Japan in a week… sad of course,
but life goes on and it is NOT Feb 13 … just YET!
This NOW feeling was very strong today, and after tonight’s little venture to ShinDaita..
it still lingers with me.
I am so grateful for all I have been able to experience these past 5 months. So many moments, so many NOW and WOW moments, that I will treasure forever
ha ha kind of a counterintuitive sentence right there…

Nothing much was planned, more than yes we had planned to go to the Boogie Stock bar
so I could give Tetsu-san his Birthday Gift, and see his bar.. .
Phoe-Lo came over to my place and we both realized we were hungry, so we went to eat,
and then we just then and there in the moment, decided to continue to work on the
HUGE Band List project
we are doing, and going over ALL the bands we have seen,
so we moved to the BEST Coffee bar I know in Tokyo…
Crevices here on ‘my street’ in Sangubashi ,
or as it is spelled in Kana like it is on a map クレビィス
I have no idea why they decided to name a coffee place Crevices, but they certainly
know how to brew some amazing coffee regardless of their name.

This place is just wonderful with such great coffee and tea, and a sweet couple who
runs the place. Today the woman was working with her 1 year old son sleeping on her back.
I had a cup of their perfect coffee and a Baileys…
LIFE IS GOOD! (^.~)
Then it was time to go to ShinDaita… not far from my place at all.. just a few stations on
the Odakyu Line and a short walk. We took the train there, but we did however walk
on our way back home to Sangubashi.
Dear Phoe-Lo, who has helped me so much, and also been there this whole time,
even at smoky bars and LIVE houses…
We were going to have some fun relaxing time together, talking and enjoying the moment.
When we arrived at Boggie Stock we both said, at the same time:
“Woah nice place..  I LIKE THIS PLACE! “
Phoe-Lo was happy because she got served a really nice ginger ale made with real
ginger, and the whole place felt cozy and much like a favorite bar should feel like!
It also helped that the table had a skull votive holder… ha ha
For a moment I felt like … gaaaah Wish I have known about this perfect bar earlier during
my time here in Tokyo, but then you know… 
I am coming back to Japan soon!!!
I am here NOW in ShinDaita… and I am enjoying the music, and the chatting about music and the Gin Tonic… and Tetsu an amazing host and he had so much to tell us.
LIFE is GOOD ….NOW!
NO reason to think any other way!!

 

 

 

The ‘Pin Video’

Ryo-san’s Pin on Video … Vagu*Project