Thursday, July 22, 2010

New BLOG here!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It's only Wednesday...but! so far this week in a Takanami mumma's life....

4 days, 3 prefectures, and a whole lot of doing stuff in the life of a takanami mum!
4日間、千葉県/神奈川/東京都 高波ママライフはやる事がいっぱいの!


Sunday, Ichinomiya station 9am, on the way to Tusjido for Greg's farewell

Sunday, 1pm, finally make it to Shonan for the BBQ...

Monday, chiba, family lunch!

Monday PM, mum and dad private BBQ

Tuesday, 4am wake-up. Drive to Yokohama. Drop papa off for his shoot trip. Family breakfast at Denny's.

Seeya Kuni

Tuesday, 8:30am, said bye to Kuni and now stuck in traffic heading to Tokyo. Luckily Ry is asleep in the car.

Time to kill before Nana haruyo comes home from work to look after Ry. 10:30am in Ikebukuro...

On the way to Itabashi...loooove this sign!

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...

Wednesday, 6am wakeup with Ry. All housework is done by 10am including some packing for the upcoming move to the studio and a big bike/run with the dogs. Baked cookies for friends.
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.

4pm, no wind, bit of swell, off to the beach for a surf with Yuumi and Sawyer! yeeey!

8pm. baby asleep. time to do computer 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!


Tusjido Beach

Greg, me and Ryde

Ry and I braved the 3hr something train ride and packed 3-day weekend crowds down to Tsujido in Shonan to say goodbye to good friend, bodyguard and brother Greg!
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

Greg, me, Aki chan and Ryde

The crew!

Wish someone coulda carried me like this!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

When a man can build you a house...keep him!

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 builds
He takes photos
Good father
Good man

I♥you baby!





Friday, July 16, 2010

Torami surf!

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

Let's use our minds in the water!

Morning sunshine

パパが夜中無事に帰ってきて、 来くん起きられなかったから朝起きたらパパとなりにいた喜んだみたい!笑


Monday, July 12, 2010

Kick Kick Kick!

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

Omedetou 73 and Eiji kun!

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

Outdoor Japan Magazine July/August Issue 2010 OUT NOW!

Mikura Magic
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

Little Hideki

July 1st 2010 welcomes baby Hideki Katou!!
My best friends are proud parents, Aki and Tomo!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Kuni Takanami Etsy Photo Shop Now Open!

We are very proud to announce that Kuni is selling his shots through Etsy's online store, at

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

Family Style

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 Stay in Chiba Japan!

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:

Angie and Kuni