The admin and business part of the Pink Spider Web

LIVE gigs are FUN… but sometimes the other side of this business has to be done too!

As some of you know, soon this blog will be part of a bigger venture:
“the Pink Spider Web”
and well it takes time and time and time… and coffee… YES, tons of COFFEE, but also a Bailey’s sometimes.
Creativity is always part of the process, even while doing administrative paper work!
The BEST coffee in Tokyo, you will find here at my favorite Café –
Coffee Crevice  in Sangubashi, Shibuya ku…

http://tokyo-dokan.jp/sangubashi/shop07.html

Tomorrow, May 16th, I will go and do some much needed shopping in Shimokitazawa, but then Thursday is another LIVE gig! 

Never Ending Story….  it is 6 am and I am about to eat some dinner, or is it lunch or breakfast… who knows, it’s meal time !

Canine Guests

I cannot edit any images from the phone and since the computer is down, the photos
I take will upload ‘as is’..
Here is photo I snatched of one of the canine guests!
We also noticed a couple of Bichon Frissés, a Jack Russel, and an Airdale terrier.
Another bonus with this place is also a somewhat rare occurrence in Tokyo,
the red wine was not served chilled!!
So right here in Sangubashi there are two places that serve red wine at a ‘correct’ temperature … Yeah yet another plus for living in Sangubashi !!

Good Bye Tokyo! See you soon again!

Good bye Tokyo …. This post will be blogged from my phone while in bed the last night
in my Sangubashi apartment.
It’s painful.
I’m not sad or depressed, at least not yet, but it hurts!
Most likely the pain will become tears later on, maybe on the airplane on Monday night..
But I know I will be back here soon and maybe one day will come when I don’t have to
do this back and forth travel, but instead travel when I think it’s a good time to do so,
and have a more permanent situation in Japan.
One day at a time though.
Yesterday me and Phoe-lo went to Shimokitazawa and to my favorite bar there – Duke.
They have the sweetest DJ,  who has his long hair tied up in a ponytail and he plays
classic rock from vinyls.
I love shimokitazawa!
It has a relaxed, cool and ambient atmosphere, like a laid back and less anxious Shibuya. Less people and less tourists. It’s a very music, artsy kind of place in Tokyo.
On the schedule today was cleaning and packing everything up.
After scrubbing the bath tub, we took a break and went to Anea cafe across the street
from my apartment. For some odd and unknown reason I have never been there during
my five months in this apartment, and well we were up to two surprises:
First of all as you can see in the photo they also accept canine guests, and each dog immediately gets a bowl of water and a basket to rest in if they want one.
Also in the menu there’s a section with dishes especially designed for the dogs.
The second surprise was that they have free wifi, something extremely rare in Tokyo and
the only other place I know of that has that is a Seattle coffee place near Shinjuku station.
Was a tad annoying to discover this my very last day in Sangubashi. Then again yet
another plus for choosing this place again when I’m back;
if they have any availability that is.

 

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!!

 

 

 

Saved by the Chocolates

 

These saved me today!!

I sat up last night editing tons of images and trimming videos, from the past days.
It’s been an immense power usage since Thursday it was bound to happen….
I kind of knew that I can not use up all my sparkling credit at once without consequences.
That’s probably why I stayed up, and at least went through it all
before going to bed early this morning.
When I woke up around noon, I was very very weak, and I knew I had a fever.
My whole body aching, my nasal airways totally blocked and chest pains.
SICK!!
Luckily I really don’t get sick often, but when it does hit me I get very sick.
Shivering and shaking I lay in bed and realized I started to become very hungry.
Nothing at home to eat. I sat up in bed trying to muster enough energy to
make a cup of tea.
DIZZY!   No can do!!
so I laid back down…. now thinking how I should go about this;
if couldn’t even stand up. I definitely need to drink at least.
Then I remembered the chocolates we got at Club Sensation.
It was really funky gift forwarding swapping situation late at night. I sat up in bed
and managed to get over to the chocolates, thinking that it would raise my
blood sugar enough so I could have enough energy to make tea.
I ate a piece of these lovely chocolates…
….AND YES…..
it worked!!!
⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆
From there I could move on over to my stove and I did brew tea.
Then exhausted I lay down fell back to sleep for another 20 minutes or so
and when I woke up the tea was perfect drinking temperature.
After some tea I felt better and now the big challenge came… to get some food.
I managed to get dressed, ate another piece of chocolate and hoped I wouldn’t
faint coming back up the stairs.
Why did I think living on the 4th floor was such a brilliant idea?  ha ha ha
I actually love this apartment, the location and the views are to die for, but
oh well, today was not a day when getting back up to the fourth floor without
an elevator was such a good thing.
I really dont know how I did it, but I did come back with a meal from
the コンビニ (convenience store)  in this case 7-eleven.
so thanks to the chocolates I got energy enough to make it and later was able to
get full, and after the meal I got some energy back and now I hope I can do a
massive Vagu*Project blog video upload with passion !!
After yesterday I love these guys even more!
I love rock and music in Japan even more, and I am so happy that hide
shows the path!