Craigums' Assorted thoughts from Japan, 2000
Beer selling machines on the street - no ID required. Where was this when I was 14?!
(The soiled-panty vending machine could not be reached for comment.)
I think this
tour is gonna be unlike any tour I’ve ever been on. Our last two records
were considered ‘sold out’ before they were even released, with the majority
of overseas records ending up in Japan. I can’t speak for Max but I know
Robert, Devon and I have never had to pre-ship our own pallet’s worth
of tour merchandise before. When something catches on in Japan the whole
sensation really seems to go overboard. The beauty of this fanaticism
is that it is short-lived so we're just waiting to show up and be yesterday's
news. Even shirt fashions change with the wind. Last month the shirt color
de jour was yellow so at least we knew not to make yellow shirts because
surely they'd be out of fashion by the time we got there, and who - besides
Charlie Brown - wants to go home with boxes of yellow shirts?
Looking more ridiculous by the minute.
Before I go any farther, I have to give huge thanks to Dawn for tirelessly translating for Max so they could book this whole tour show by show, fax after fax, email after email, instead of having to enlist a promoter. Without her we would be stuck with the often lame political mess of working with promoters while having to not work with other promoters and so on, and then having to deal with the repercussions of inevitably offending somebody. Thank you, Dawn - BIG TIME. And of course, Thanks to Karoline for helping us out yet again even though she knows she'll have to endure Devon's feet and my never-ending requests for neck massages. THANKS, LADIES!!!
Five days before we left I was skating a half pipe and my trucks locked on the coping. I was sent hurdling towards the flat-bottom hands-first. My wrists hurt so bad that the next day I could not turn a doorknob and therefore could not leave my house until my roomates came home. I tried calling in sick to work but my phone requires a heavy hand to engage the buttons and I couldn’t even do that. I panicked because bands do not cancel Japanese tours. Typically it costs a promoter $2000 just to book a venue, nevermind promoting it. With 10 shows in the works that’s a lot of people who’ve already put up a lot of money for us to play, plus we already bought our tickets. Not playing was not an option. We cancelled our last practices and I boarded the plane hoping for a miracle. It came by way of adrenaline but that wasn't until soundcheck the night of our first show.
It's too bad we decided to stop using images of us for records and such because Karoline took some really good pics on this trip. Oh - that's worth mentioning - she took all but 3 or 4 of these pics.
On the plane I saw a water-spicket with some dixie cups next to it. I took a couple drinks until the flight attendant panicked and demanded I stop drinking the dishwater.
been here a couple times before but I am still mesmerized by Japan.
We’ve been fitting in quite nicely in the two days we’ve been here. All we've been doing is Buying Buying Buying,just as modern Japanese culture dictates. We consume clothes with grammatically impossible English (or ‘Engrish") on it. We consume food with little bows tied on it. We consume train tickets. We consume (lots of) toys. We consume records. Consume consume consume…
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