Saturday, October 4, 2008

Summer is gone

Today, it was rainy, windy, and cold.  Fall has definitely arrived in Washington.  Leaves are turning color, which I would normally appreciate if it weren't for the cold rain and wind that chill me to the core.  
I think, wistfully, of past summers. One lanquishes, relaxes in warm weather - I just don't feel that way in cold weather.  Well, sure you entertain images of a 'white Christmas' in Phoenix, but that's what trips up to Flagstaff are for.  You drive a few hours, you enjoy it, you drive back down to Phoenix, and you're sated.
I'm being a bitter Betty.
I found this Youtube clip of Japanese street fashion during the summer time and it brought me back to great times in high school, where I'd work a summer job, and then spend all my meager salary in the shops in Shibuya and Harajuku.  (sigh) Those were the days.
Shibuya summer

Friday, October 3, 2008

Japanese genius

I love this guy's time pieces, it doesn't seem proper to call them just 'watches.'  Haruo Suekichi fashions all of his pieces from vintage gauges and other mechanical odds and ends, making all the faces himself, he carves the numbers and distresses the brass and the leathers.  Reminds of "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" or "The Wild Wild West" (w/ Will Smith), fantastical yet antique and futuristic all at the same time.  Too bad my Nihongo isn't fluent, otherwise I'd score myself a timepiece from his website.