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The thing to wear: Kimonos out and about

Origniak Japanese clothing: Kimono

The word “Kimono” literally translates as “thing to wear” (ki “wear” and mono “thing”)… And Momo (pictured above) wears his well out on the streets of Ginza!

If you come to the capital of Japan with high expectations of seeing locals dressed in array of traditional Kimonos – prepare yourself for disappointment. A different type of suit is the norm for most Japanese, and that’s the western suit. Continue reading

Japan so far… Yet so near

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Shibuya on a wet day… Remind you of London?

 

I’m 5950.877 miles from home… That’s the furthest I’ve ever travelled, according to freemaptools.com‘s calculations!

I’ve been in Tokyo for a little over a week (excluding a quick trip to Seoul which I’ll blog about in the next post), and lets just say its an ‘interesting’ experience. Yes interesting because unlike Marmite, I can’t work out if I love or hate this city. It doesn’t help that it’s been raining on stop since I got here, while back home in London summer is making it’s debut appearance before schedule…

However for a £300 return ticket (with Alitalia transit via Rome) – I’m here to make the most of my time – even if it’s a wet and damp one! Continue reading

Transit in Rome… Kiss and Go!

As much as I love travelling, I hate the “travelling to get there” part i.e getting to the airport, queuing up to get checked in, sorting our liquids, finding the gate, queuing up again to board the plane… Then having to do it all over again if you’re transiting!

Transiting through Rome to get to Tokyo with Alitalia, however, was actually a blessing in disguise because it meant I got to see my good friend Francisco, who was kind enough to pick me up from the airport in Rome for my 14 hour layover.

The humour of the 15 minute FREE parking space being called “Kiss & Go” wasn’t lost on us… Only in Italy right?…

 

#BlackinJapan: Concerts

If you’re looking for music with a bit of flavour, soul and funk – Tokyo shows evidence of “Black in Japan” this summer! George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Jimmy Cliff, Funky Meters, Maceo Parker performing live in Japan…

George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic

George Clinton & PARLIAMENT / FUNKADELIC 12 & 13 April

 

 

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The funky Meters

Maceo Parker

Check out www.billboard-live.com Tokyo for more info.

Also grab your FREE copy of TimeOut Tokyo!

Stay posted for more on “Black in Japan” project during my stay in Japan!

Kai x

Black in Japan

  Its been a while since I’ve travelled, hence why they’ve been no regular updates from me. The last trip I made was to Berlin for a long weekend – six months ago! So I think I’m worthy of a new adventure, no? 

“Black in Japan” is a project I’ll be working on during my visit to Japan this week – starting with Tokyo!… Stay posted #BlackinJapan 

 Kai x

Find me on twitter: @makigkai

and Instagram: @travelmakingkai

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On the streets with Daniele Tamagni “Gentlemen of Bacongo”

On the streets with Daniele Tamagni

On the streets of Soho with award-winning photographer Daniele Tamagni…

On the streets with Daniele TamagniWhen Daniele Tamagni’s in town, I don’t need much of an excuse to catch up with the “Gentlemen of Bacongo” photographer. I’ve known Tamagni, who shot pictures for my portfolio back in the days when I used to model, for over 8 years. Yet despite the critical acclaim and fame that has come with his book documenting Sapeurs of Congo and other notable works, he remains humble as ever… And that includes meeting up with me for a catch up on his latest project whenever he’s in London, or I’m in Milan! Continue reading

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