Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Sunday, Ichinomiya station 9am, on the way to Tusjido for Greg's farewell
Got rid of the baby...time to go do some work. On the way to meeting with Pete and Kyle in Takebashi. Tuesday 1:30pm, Ikebukuro. In thongs of course.
Pick up Ry by 6:30pm, jump in the car and head back to Chiba....hard traffic, get home at 10pm...
Run around and do some work on the camping car after lunch.
1:30pm, off to Mariko san's house for homemade Plum Juice and cake! bloody hot outside.
3pm, off to give cuddles to Baby Hideki and let Ry play in the pool with Marisa.
8pm. baby asleep. time to do computer work...office rules are no work without beer. Life is pretty damn sweet.
What on earth is gonna come along tomorrow???
Monday, July 19, 2010
BYE BYE GREGGIE!!!
Great day with friends under the sun drinking beer and champagne! BBQ Japan stylee!
You will be missed my dear, but we can't wait to come find you in Jamaica and Canada!
Love your fam,
Ang, Kuni and Ry
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The studio...hand built by Kuni. Love it. Coming along so nicely. The office is almost complete, should be moving in by end of the month.
He takes photos
Friday, July 16, 2010
Fun waves out at Torami this morning, bout waist high so good for the twinnie and fun on the sets. Bloody crowded though, what's with that? Does no-one work around here???
Gotta get it tomorrow too before the wind picks up, but with the Tokyo heads rolling in before dawn, and with dawn being at 4am...Might wait for the local crew surf time around 7...
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Ry and I went to visit Noriko and Lyla chan at Steamer's cafe today down in Hebara. I LOVE the Garlic Prawns there! Yum! Ry was super grumpy from no sleep (5am wake up for no reason..again..) but eventually he got some genki and the kids played a little. Lyla is 6 months and Ry 10months and it was amazing to see the difference. I can't beleive how much Ry has grown lately-he is now almost walking, doing some crazy frog crawl, talking a little in both Japanese and English (most probably only Kuni and I can understand, but he's repeating almost everything we say to him!) and he is sleeping less and less (great).
The wind was full blown onshore and surf almost flat, but it was lovely to sit looking out onto the ocean on such a clear day.
Thanks to Steamer's for having us again and to Noriko and Lyla for inviting us!
See you guys again soon
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
We are now in July, and it's been roughly 7 months since I changed the way I eat. My new year's resolution was to do more for the environment, including cutting out meat from my life and only buying local produce wherever possible.
I have found it challenging, particularly having a baby and breastfeeding trying to keep iron and protein levels up is hard! But I feel better for the change and although I still eat seafood, I keep the fish I buy local only and have been surprised that even though I live in a fishing town most of the seafood sold at the local supermarkets are all imported! So even fish has been off the menu unless something local comes in..and I know it was caught sustainably (none of that horrible overfishing thanks!)
On a magazine shoot trip back in Oz over xmas, a friend introduced me to a completely organic supplement called Spirulina:
Spirulina is the richest nutrient and complete food source found in the world. It contains over 100 nutrients, more than any other plant, grain or herb. Today Spirulina is widely used as a food supplement to maintain health, boost energy and reduce weight
Spirulina contains 60-63 % protein, up to 13 % of essence minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, and Zinc as well as complete vitamin B groups and many important anti-oxidants (which protect cells). The anti-oxidant Phycocyanin can only be found in Spirulina. It is the richest natural source of Vitamin E and beta-carotene.
I buy the powder form and put it in a banana/juice smoothie every morning for Kuni and I which gives us that extra kick we both need in our busy lives and those added nutrients and iron I need to keep up my breastfeeding regime without losing my own strength!
Today I received in the post a second-hand Juicer (I love recycled stuff! Why buy new when you can reduce waste by recycling!) which is all hand operated, so we don't have to worry about electricity which will be good when we move onto our un-finished studio later this month!
Ryder and I were keen to test it out with some rockmelon and the results! Delicious!
The new hand-operated juicer! Thanks Kuni for the lovely present!! xo
Ryder with a mix of vegemite and spirulina juice all over himself...
I must admit I find it tough to maintain an organic lifestyle out in Chiba-most of the farmers spray their crops with pesticides so even the farmer's markets aren't entirely safe...but over on our new land I've planted some of our own herbs and vegies which are thriving! No chemicals used whatsoever and that's the way it should be!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Friday night in Tokyo...73Riders 10-year-anniversary party!
And happy birthday to the boss, Eiji kun!
Check out 73 online store to pick up a special anniversary t-shirt colab with Kuni!
And keep an eye out for the latest catalog photos by Kuni and featuring myself and Masashi as models!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Freedom in Exile
Q4:Aussie Surf Legend Wayne Lynch Interview by Angie Takanami
Japan Surf Guide by Angie and Kuni Takanami
and much more!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
We are very proud to announce that Kuni is selling his shots through Etsy's online store, at http://www.etsy.com/shop/KuniTakanami
Feel free to make any requests for photos not included on the gallery if you have seen them on the Surfers Eyes galleries.
Thanks for your ongoing support!
Angie and Kuni Takanami
Friday, June 25, 2010
It takes a long time to get to the point where you want to go, but once you're on that road it's worth the hard work.
Pleasure and pain as one, the balance between everything and anything.
Three of us have come together now, it's been struggle and smiles. And it's all worth it at the end.
Thanks Kuni, you have given me the opportunity to learn myself, know myself, and be myself. Ryder, thanks for the motivation and inspiration to take that next step.
Love to my family, they are my everything.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Work for rent in Japan's favourite surfside town Ichinomiya/Taito.
The Takanami's are looking for a strong, fit guy or couple to help build our shooting studio in Chiba on the east coast of Japan. We can offer you a place to stay for free in exchange for working on the studio 5 days a week (Sat&Sun off or choose your own days off).
Great for the traveling surfer, 10min bike ride from Taito beach or Ichinomiya's famed Shida point (home to the WCT and WQS contests).
Stay as long as you like, could be a week or a month, we are flexible and negotiable!
Anyone interested please email Angie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie and Kuni