FatBros is a skate shop based in Nakano, Tokyo. It is owned by skaters and run by skaters. The two Hagiwara’s were taking turns with sharing the hours whilst I was there in Summer, 2015. Each month or two, they would occupy a car park and organise a skate jam in the suburb of Nakano.
Everybody who was affiliated with the skate shop was encouraged to come down and help out
The day started with a free (hungover) skateboard lesson to the kids who came
Or whoever else was interested
Yuzo taught this kid about the downsides of drinking late the evening before a job
Some kids got it easily
Some kids didn’t…
Some of the older guys didn’t either
After the lesson, the obstacles were set up for a speed race, which Mr. Morita won easily
A fun wind down skate afterwards was the icing on the cake
Ohara stroking the hump into submission
Yuzo Kudo – nose blunt
For the finale; the humpathon
Even though I was hung as a dog from the night before, it was a great opportunity to get amongst the action and teach skating again, if only it was for an hour, and to a young Japanese kid…
Thanks so so much to the FatBros and Far East Skate Network crew for putting on these events and letting me help! I can’t wait to get back!
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