change of plans

we didnt go to osaka after all, decided it would be too tight of timing to make it there and back on tuesday night for our flights.  stayed in kokobunji and skated all night for 3 nights straight, and when i mean skating i mean having our skateboards with us as everyone rampaged in shibuya for halloween. karaoke bars, techno clubs, street sake until 7 AM.  despite all this, or because of it, weve stacked a fair amount.  after a rainy night last night, we ended up now in machida, the town where connor lived for a while, near our friend izumi.

and so we have recently learned about hurricane sandy.  apparently we wont be home for a while.  in the meantime, were going to take advantage of it.  good luck back home everyone.  see you...some day.


Been exploring diff parts of Tokyo. Shibuya is busiest intersection in the world of foot traffic. Every time the walk light goes on a thousand people cross the street. Went to a huge temple, giant statue guardian dieties. Put five yen coins in this thing for good luck. Don Quixote is a crazy Japanese Walmart type store, got green tea flavored kit kats. Eating lots of amazing food. Udon noodles are great. Really thick and rubbery.  The technology here is insane. Soooo far ahead. We are in the stone age. 

Went to guma last night, here for a day. Mountains and country. Hometown of ichiro kaneda, AKA mr buri buri. Osaka on Sunday. 

Jane matane

Turning japanese

I can't add photos from my phone on here so you'll have to use your imaginations. Imagine times square, but empty of people. Imagine buying raw octopus at the bodega for a light snack. Skatin for 20 hours straight, street beers at every spot. basically Tokyo is the shit. The spots... You can't even concentrate on a spot because twenty feet away is an even better one.

Our first night we met up with some dudes as soon as we got off the airport train. This was about one in the morning. Kenji made the long trip from his hometown to skate. We pushed around until six or so. At one point a drunken yakuza underling tried to start a fight with us, punching and kicking everyone, just being annoying. The cops showed up, and then he hit one of them and choked him. We thought, oh shit here it comes.... And the cops did nothing. They didn't even arrest him or even grab him when he stomped on a police bicycle. Weird. But reassuring to us that cops won't toss us behind bars for skating.

So we got to the homie Yama's place, slept from 7 to 9, couldn't stay still any longer, and went exploring. At noon we went to a fat bros party, went to another party from there, then skated until 5:30 am. Got to skate with all the new York friends: Izumi, ichiro, yuzo, kenji, lens giro. Tonight we stayed at satoshi's place. OG open skateboards affiliate. Just getting going now.

Otsu Kare sama des!

Edit: I got your back. Photos By Izumi Hoshino

Japan Japan

New OPEN Boards

New OPEN deck modeled after Colin's infamous VX 1000. Should be ready to buy with in a month. Big thanks to Trevor for making this and the Promo possible.

Open Board

Open Skatebaord

In Japan

In Tokyo with Connor and Barlow.  Left Friday afternoon, got here Saturday late at night.  Skated until 4 AM.  Best city ふぉrsかちんggfh\ういえyhさ

COLOR feature

COLORMagazine did a feature about OPEN, with an interview with Fogt, Connor, and I.  Check it out.

OPEN Skateboards

We put some hours into this one.  Connor Kammerer, Ryan Barlow, Alex Fogt, Evan Borja, Kenshiro Yagi, and Kenji Nakahira.

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ben's guest blog!

our boy is moving up in the world.  ben's moved to LA, gotten a tan, started wearing chains (two of them), and dyed his hair bleach-blond.  today he landed a guest blog spot on skateboarder mag's website.  it features a lot of his photos, about half of which are of claw affiliates.  check it out.