Images from West LA Obon. I’ve wanted to attend this for the last decade, but it unfortunately always took place the same weekend as Comic Con. This year, Comic Con moved up a couple of weeks making my attendance possible. My goal has always been to shoot the photo that captures the event. A single image. I didn’t quite get it, but it’s somewhat close to what I’ve been picturing. We also had the Theo Ellsworth exhibition at the same time. Maybe we’ll make this an annual event.
Here’s a list of 7 questions I answered for Sassytidbits.com! Thanks much. Where are you? West Los Angeles If, starting today, you could only listen to one record/cd/digital album for six months, what would it be? Easy, it’s My Bloody Valentine – Loveless. What is your ultimate couch (burn out/hangover) day entertainment? I don’t drink at all but I’d play Modern Warfare. Although it sounds crude, it’s a great lesson in teamwork and a look into the habits and mentality of people, if you choose to play that way. You can just blast away mindlessly if you want as well. I don’t. What kind of art do you live with? Too much to show on my walls, but I have art everywhere. It’s not important that it hangs on a wall honestly; I get as much joy seeing it in a flat file drawer. It’s still art and it’s still appreciated and cared for. The rest is at Sassytidbits.com!Continue reading
The Eclipse peaked at 6:38. This was at that moment across from Giant Robot store This is a closer view. That’s Tru Nguyen with her eclipse viewer!Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Art Exhibition at GR2 Game Over Video Game Culture Art Exhibition June 2 - June 27, 2012 Opening reception Saturday June 2th 2012, 6:30-10pm GR2 – 2062 Sawtelle Blvd LA, CA 90025 www.gr2.net 310 445 9276 Giant Robot 2 (GR2) presents: Game Over Video Game Culture Art Exhibition Artists include: Aaron Brown, Albert Reyes, Alex Chiu, Ana Serrano, Andrice Arp, Aska Iida, Bradford Lynn, Brian Luong, Bryan Wong, Bubi Au Yeung, Cam Floyd, Carlos Donjuan, Christopher Chan, Cory Schmitz, David Horvath, Devin McGrath, Elizabeth Ito, Elliot Brown, Eric Broers, Erin Althea, Gabe Gonzales, Gary Musgrave, Grant Reynolds, Heidi Woan, James Chong, James Kochalka, Jarrett Quon, Jay Horinouchi, Jeni Yang, Jeremiah La Torre, Jeremy Tinder, Jeremyville, Jeromy Velasco, Jesse Balmer, Jesse Fillingham, Jesse LeDoux, Jesse Moynihan, Jesse Reklaw, Jesse Tise, Jiyoung Moon, John Lau, Kerry Horvath, Kevin Luong, Kio Griffith, Kwanchai Moriya, Lawrence Yang, Linda Kim, Louise Chen, Luke Chueh, Luke Rook, Maiko Kanno, Mare Odomo, Mari Inukai, Mark Ingram, Martin Hsu, Matt Furie, Meatbun, Miso, Nick Arciaga, Patrick Kyle, Peter Kato, Philip Koscak, Renee French, Sana Park, Sara Saedi, Sarah Lee, Sean Chao, Shawn Cheng, Shiho Nakaza, Shihori Nakayama, Sidney Pink, Silvio Porretta, Stasia Burrington, Stephanie Kubo, Theo Ellsworth, Tru Nguyen, Yejin Oh, Yoskay Yamamoto, Yumi Sakugawa and more. Also there will be playable indie games including the works of programmers Beau Blythe and Shelby Cinca who are creating a game with Sean Chao and Jeni Yang. It’ll be a welcome back to ArtxGames series. Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles as well as an online equivalent. Eric Nakamura Giant Robot Owner/Publisher email@example.com (310) 479-7311Continue reading
Miyata Menji is the name of a comedian in Japan. This is his ramen shop in America. I’ve been twice now and tried one of each item on the menu, the ramen and the tsukemen. Granted, it’s changing in style by the day according to one of the waitresses since the formula for America is being tweaked, it’s an interesting visit. The ramen is tonkotsu broth but not as white and many others. Yes it’s heavy and oily, and you do see little bits of fat sailing by. There’s tomato and garlic and the pieces of beef are thin yet tasty as if they’ve been barbequed. The serving portion smaller so don’t expect giant USA portions, but it’s plenty. The tsukemen is what Miyata Menji is known for. In Japan, that’s what they serve, but it’s not like this version. This is a doctored version for America. On my first visit, cabbage and sprinkled cheese on the noodles. This already makes people cringe. The dipping soup is thick with pieces of ground meat and also features tomato and croutons! At first taste you have to draw comparisons to Tsujita (which is location just diagonal), which ultimately is simpler and stronger. Yet if Tsujita had a strange uncle, this is the place. Yes you can serve yourself bread and dip it the sauce too. The tsukemen reminds you that Miyata Menji is a comedian and he’s definitely doing something different. I’ll side with the ramen since it’s more traditional, but if you have that wild streak, try their tsukemen. After you get over the differentness, you might enjoy it.Continue reading