KINGYO Toronto- A new Japanese Izakaya to the city’s east end has, as of the New Year, become our new go-to for everything drink and food related. Located near our shop at 51 B Winchester Street (Cabbagetown) you can find any one of us (usually all of us) sharing pitchers of Sapporo and getting our Short Rib fix, amongst other amazing dishes (see: Tuna, Hamachi, Amaebi Sashimi Platter).
No detail too small, every aspect of this place has been thought out and executed meticulously.
Pachinko machines imported from Japan!
Crocodile drinking game of death…
Its not a HAVEN party without our favourite ‘biru’, Sapporo
Shori Imanishi’s tools of the trade, 2 generations deep and as sharp as the day it was forged.
One pour, two pour…. Shori keeping it coming with that Shochu
Hana Mugi Shochu!
‘Mr.Sada’s Sea Urchin Shooter’ topped with some gold.
We highly reccomend ordering the pork belly.
Famous “O-Sho Restaurant” Karaage with Magic Powder – Classic
A Big Kingyo Short Rib – Done to Perfection everytime! Mandatory.
Tuna, Hamachi, Amaebi Sashimi Platter – ‘Da-bess’
Koji and Shori
The ever wise Daisuke
We got a ton of amazing footage and ‘INTELLIGENCE’ features coming soon….TET at the showroom
A rare glimpse inside the GIP store.
At the Heather Grey Wall offices with Kazuki
We had a chance to attend the book release for Kazuki’s new ‘ODDS and ENDS’ book. Shinsuke from NBHD was also in attendance.
Bedwin SS13 exhibition
Late nights in Tokyo at Kinfolk with John and Team Bedwin
At the SOPH. offices. Mitsuru in work mode!
Taking some footage of the SOPH. Tokyo shop. People taking pictures of people taking pictures…
Late night with Nishizaki and Mitsuru involves lots of beer!…good times
Thats all for now. Be on the lookout for lot of INTELLIGENCE coverage in the coming weeks. We’ve been putting in work to try to bring you guys lots of behind the scenes looks at what makes your favourite JP brands tick…stay tuned
Most of you may be aware of my brother Arthur and I, through our work with the shop (HAVEN). What most of you probably don’t know is that we have a younger sister (Angélique) who also works in the industry. She graduated from F.I.T. New York a little while back and is now working full time on her own self titled line. She now works out of her New York studio. Here are some shots of her SS13 range.
For buyers and media inquiries you can check her out at the next (capsule) trade show in New York from February 22-24, 2012.
Me and Ryan were out in a Tokyo a few weeks back. Did a bunch of ordering for next season as well as a bunch of ‘Intelligence‘ stuff. We got some amazing content in the works with some of our favourite brands and we’re looking forward to getting the info out there shortly. Here’s some random highlights from the trip with more to come.
Omotesando Koffee Bar is a super cool coffee shop that is located in a residential area just off of Omotesando. It’s really tucked away so you might need to GPS it. It’s a tiny little spot with a single guy manning as barista.
Golden Brown is a Tokyo must if you love burgers. They have one in Naka-Meguro and another in the Omotesando Hills shopping centre.
Hender Scheme makes amazing leather products. Before…..
After……Here’s a pair of the Shell Toe “replicas” with full Leather upper and outsole that have had some wear on them. They age beautifully.
Had a chance to pop into Nigo’s atelier to meet with the guys at Human Made.
There’s a bunch of random cool stuff everywhere.
Popped in to the Undercover shop. Their windows are crazy. All the eyes are cut out. On a nice day the sun shines through the eyes bringing light into the interior space.
Wild times at the Trump Room.
Going through all my pics….More shortly…
Now here is a genre I’ve been waiting a long time to really get into. I know the Church gets down, all the music I always enjoyed most definitely came from deep places and when I hear soul music I can still here the Church. So why leave it out. Here’s just a small look into the deeply soulful, funky sometimes emotionally moving Gospel from America. With a little “Black Moses” in there for kicks.
01 The Voices of East Harlem [The Voices of East Harlem] (1973)
02 Rev. Julius Cheeks [Legend Lives On] (1981)
03 The Soul Convertoers [Let Them Talk](1979)
04 The Masonic Travelers [Gospel Express] (1961)
05 The Seven Brothers [Crying in the Street] (1969)
06 The Rance Allen Group [The Rance Allen Group] (1970)
07 The East St. Louis Gospelettes [Love is The Key] (1977)
08 The Intruders [Save The Children] (1973)
09 Clarence Smith [Whatever Happened to Love] (1973)
10 The Art Reynold Singers [Tellin' It Like It Is!] (1966)
11 Trevor Dandy [Don't Cry Little Tree] (1970)
12 Swanee Quintet [From Augusta with Love] (1977)
13 The Soul Children [WattstaxThe Living Word] (1973)
14 Rev. Johnny ‘Hurricane’ Jones [Jesus Christ from A to Z] (1978)
15 Isaac Hayes [Black Moses] (1971)
16 The Emotions [Peace Be Still] (1973)
17 The Rance Allen Group [Ain't No no Need of Crying] (1974)
18 The Rance Allen Group [Brothers] (1973)
19 Sister Rosetta Tharpe [High Fidelity] (1960]
20 Walter Hawkins [Love Alive] (1975)
21 The Dixie Nightingales [Pray for Peace] (1965]
After Berlin I had a short few days to catch a train ride to Prague, Czech Republic. Not sure when I’ll ever get the chance to return so I made the most of it. Checked out a lot of tourist spots, ate some good food and tossed in a little bit of partying. For those who have never been I’d definitely recommend it. It’s for sure one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited. Prague feels ancient compared to any Canadian city. Theres so much character, heritage and old world charm everywhere you look, it was amazing!
Meat, Meat, Meat…. at the tail end of my trip I must say I wanted a salad, and I hate salad!
Czech people make potato chips with Milwaukee power tools, you should too!
Fancy photo 1!
Fancy photo 2!
Absinthe is legal! ……so is Prostitution!!!
From my experiences in Europe, everybody loves to sit on a dope patio. Lounging all day at the cafe and brasseries people watching…I dig, it’s relaxing!
The Czech Republic is one of the few places that haven’t fully joined the European Union. Instead of Euros they have their own currency. And here I thought Canadian money looked like Monopoly money….ha!
Prague was packed with tourists!
Fancy photo 3!
Can’t remember the name of the cathedral, but it’s important….
Prague from the hillsides
Fancy photo 4…..IMO this looks like it is postcard worthy!
Not sure what this is, but this was some type of memorial we stumbled upon in a park on the outskirts of Prague……reminded me of The Walking Dead….. season 3 is so good!