Japan is a country that has always fascinated me.... When I was a kid, it captured my attention with the lights, packaging, and candy bursting with cleverly placed explosions of sugar. Voltron, Akira, Manga, and any ass-kicking cartoon is what I gravitated to as a young man. As you get older, Japan matures with you and gives you the same delights, but on different levels. The products look clean, the food is timeless, the visual merchandising looks unique and the efficiency and order is like no other place, and they make it look effortless.
It's a place where you can go back to a simpler time and practice the ancient martial arts and retreat in a hot spring with a zen state of mind, or you can go out and see robots fight in hyperreality with neon lights flashing… It's a place where you go to bed with your brain trying to process all the information it has been exposed to. As a child, I remember being nauseous because I was taking in so much information and stimulation that it shorted out the circuits in my small brain.
This month we're BEYOND happy to have our product in the country that has always fascinated me as a child, and still continues to fascinate me creatively. I hope to visit soon to check out the stores.
Thanks to everyone involved.
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In celebration of this happy event, the band "The Nude Party" was kind enough to stop by and play a little set for us wearing our shoes. We've been big fans of these guys for awhile. They've played at SXSW and other Festivals all across the US and we feel they're on to some really big things. Check them out at:
4/15~ Asheville, NC @ Buxton Hall
5/2~ Carborro, NC @ @catscradlenc w/ The Black Lips
5/13~ Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel w/ @losgrowlers
5/18~ NYC @ @bkbazaar w/ @themysterylights @breannabarbara