Exiv.Makkachi.Base

While staying in Numazu, a little town in Shizuoka, Japan, we decided to go skate a well known DIY skatepark in a farm on the side of a hill on the Shizuoka Peninsula.

IMG_1908We drove through hills and rice paddies before arriving at Makkachi Base.

IMG_1912We had to give the whole place a whip down as no one had skated it in a little while

IMG_1920Patricks bearing exploded, and he hadn’t changed his wheels in so long, that the bolt was being stubborn and not coming off

IMG_1938But eventually we got the session started

IMG_1930IMG_1916After skating a little, I had a walk around and explored the farm that was Makkachi Base

IMG_1914IMG_1915IMG_1951IMG_1954IMG_1955IMG_1963IMG_1932IMG_1967We left after a few hours to a little village which was well known for its hot spring

IMG_1976The natural hot spring rose from the middle of a river, where the now-standing onsen was built on top of it.

IMG_1972IMG_1970We dipped our feet in only, as no one was game enough to get naked

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A thumbs up from Nori

IMG_1981We’d heard of a bamboo forrest close by, so we had a little bush walk and a chill

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2015

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Exii.FatBrosLesson

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.

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Everybody who was affiliated with the skate shop was encouraged to come down and help out

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The day started with a free (hungover) skateboard lesson to the kids who came

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Or whoever else was interested

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Yuzo taught this kid about the downsides of drinking late the evening before a job

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Some kids got it easily

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Some kids didn’t…

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Some of the older guys didn’t either

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After the lesson, the obstacles were set up for a speed race, which Mr. Morita won easily

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A fun wind down skate afterwards was the icing on the cake

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Ohara stroking the hump into submission

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Yuzo Kudo – nose blunt

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For the finale; the humpathon

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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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2015

Eii.JapanHalloween

On a spontaneous-ish trip to Japan, where I was staying with (and pretty much following around) my good friend Liu Puli, we ended up in his home town of Osaka around the time of Halloween. Out on the weekend, we met up with some of his friends and skated the streets, eventually making our way towards Triangle Park, a famous landmark for young folk to hang out, drink and sometimes skateboard.

volcom_halloweenWe skated a spot around the corner from Triangle Park until Mr. Volcom himself came and hung with the group. It was now when we figured we had better go to Triangle Park, before Triangle Park came to us…

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triangle_park_square_halloween1It was quite busy

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Things were getting too much a bit too fast, so it was off to the FamilyMart for some drinks

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Things outside were a blur, but luckily I already had a few to drink, so my camera managed to get a few good memorable moments

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liu_puli_halloween1Puli was enjoying himself

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After walking past overflowing bins and trash on the floor, people began to realise there was fun to be had by our stack of skateboards nearby

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some pretty sober looking skating apparently went down

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though, some people needed help

halloween_skate5and others got over people using their boards pretty quickly…

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but Puli was enjoying himself, as usual

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triangel_park_halloween3by the time most of the people had thinned out in the park, we looked at our phones for the time and found it was almost the hour of sunrise

liu_puli_skateSo we took to the road on skateboard and bike

liu_puli_bikesharing both drunkenly til the crack of dawn

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all the way back to the Puli residence, to drink some more alcohol..

2013