I really love my apartment, it's giant compared to what I was used to in New York. For this reason I'm trying to make it the party spot, but this could prove to be a difficulty because it's about 20 minutes from everyone else in Hamada. That being said, I did get the JET crew out on Friday evening for yakiniku and scary movies. Well, we actually ended up watching Wet Hot Am Sum and Night of the Living Dead...so one scary movie and one not. There are some pics of us yaki-ing stuff up on Flickr.
On Saturday I was invited by nearby JETs Lena and Leif to go to the cinema in Hiroshima, however when we got there we couldn't figure out where the cinema was. We ended up looking at guitars in a couple music stores because both Leif and I want to buy one, but no purchases were made. We walked back to the car and decided to go in a record store we'd seen when we parked. That's how we discovered punk rock in Hiroshima.
The record store (Dig Underground Music Base, or DUMB for short) was a sweet cafe-bar/pop punk record store. The patrons and the staff were all really friendly and helpful. We asked if there was a rock show that night, and as luck would have it there was one in about an hour. So we spent an hour browsing records and making friends with the shopkeeper, Yohei (aka Nasu Ramone). He plays drums for the pop punk outfit 早朝ピストンズ (Souchou Pistons), which means something like "Early Morning Pistons." He gave me a free copy of their EP, so I pointed him at the free Konami Code and HvsD mp3s on the internet. He seemed to really like the KC, as did one of the other guys in the store.
The music selection in the store was really great, they had all kinds of cool bands like the Independants, the Methadones, the Falcon, Pink Razors, Teenage Bottle Rocket, etc. They even had the Soophie Nun Squad/Abe Froman split. I was glad to see Plan-it X bands in there so I made sure to talk up TMLE with Yohei as well.
After we promised to come back to Hiroshima in a couple of weeks to see the Pistons play, we left for the rock show. It was a strange bill at this place called "Sumatra Tiger." There were 3 punk bands, a reggae band, and the headliner was a famous Japanese boogiewoogie pianist. Go figure.
My favorite band of the night was sEX少女逮 (sEXshoujotai). They were onstage when we walked in and their energy level was amazing for an opening act. Their name, loosely translated, is something along the lines of sEX Persued Young Girl, or something. Whatever the case, they were great. Here is a video of them going crazy. There are pics from the show up on Flickr.
After the show we went to a pub to watch the opening soccer matches of the season. I was pumped when Sheff U almost stuck it to Liverpool. I guess even drawing them is a slap in the face.
Later we went to a sweet dance party called All That Mods. The DJ spins 60s soul and mod rock and stuff. Ben would have died because it was a room full of cute Japanese mod chicks. He played "Little Bitch," I enjoyed myself in a huge way.
We slept at this ex-JET Liam's place and headed back for Shimane early this morning. After a lunch of awesome brick oven pizza at this sweet little organic restaurant, I parted ways with Lena and Leif and returned to Kanagi to shower and nap.
So there you have it, it was an action-packed weekend. Hope yours went just as well as mine...talk to you soon!