This weekend is the annual Comicon convention. Paying homage to our beginnings The Neishon will travel to San Diego this weekend. Comic-Con If you are interested in helping out send us an email. About 5 years ago a distinct group called "The Dancing Ninjas" appeared on the scene. Not really worrying about what they were doing they just danced around all over Southern California. They have since reformed and retrained and are now a strong part of Ninja Neishon. It should be fun to check out the scene again. On a side note: Supporters from all over the world send in images of exotic locations and Ninja Neishon. Here are a couple from Costa Rica:
When the casting call came out around the world for the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie, The Neishon went into a frenzy. What an amazing opportunity to connect with other Ninjas around the world. Not only would the Turtles themselves be there... but so would the foot clan! Upon arrival we knew we were in the presence of some real skill. Scopin' out the premises we found the Turtle's wicked ride. Spiderman? Are you freakin kidding me, how is that even fair? Our Consolation prize This video pretty much sums up the trip:
After walking by a shooting in a coffee shop we came across two police officers "investigating" a Pachinko robbery a couple blocks away. So has been a very helpful friend of The Neishon since we first met. In many parts of Tokyo, in this case Shinjuku, the buildings stretch so far towards the sky that you can't see the night above you. The feeling that you are lost in a sea of buildings is pretty surreal.
While cruising the streets of Goldengai it can be hard to choose the right bar to walk into. With over 280 independent watering holes scattered around the dark alleys behind Shinjuku proper it can be exciting finding the right place to take a seat. One in particular kept calling out to us as we walked by the welcoming front door. Inside we learned about its history. Apparently the name is a reference to the old Jewish housing projects and has since taken on a different connotation. More a reference to community by seclusion than to gangstas and rap videos the bar gave off a very welcoming feel. Every bar in Goldengai has a specific theme with a distinct local clientele that frequent it. Rather ironically The Ghetto attracts a lot of celebrity actors. Lining the walls are photos of many of them including, to my great amusement, the voice actress of Ash from Pokemon.
When you're in the Shinjuku area make sure to try out the Spicy Chicken wings... really. Even a good Ninja needs to splurge on some deliciousness. Learning The Neishon hands.
While walking along the side streets of Omotesando we came across this jewel of a store. Started and run by friends, Heshdawgz sets itself apart from the many fashion boutiques around the area. Carrying hard to find (in Japan) merchandise its atmosphere is welcoming and warm. When you're in the Tokyo area shopping around, this is a definite must. Pay homage to the King. Make sure to say The Neishon sent you.
Met with the editor of Ollie magazine. Cool guy who ended up being a cool friend. Check out the Magazine: The magazine has an emphasis on skateboarding culture and fashion with circulation of around 300,000. If you can get your hands on one you really ought to if you can read Japanese (or if you can use Google Translator).