Archive for April, 2006

Circles with Corners

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

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When was the last time you sat down to write something that you had no idea what you were gonna write about? You just started typing and you asked yourself, “When was the last time I sat down to write something that I had no idea what I was going to write?” I guess the last time was just a few seconds ago however I only sat down once but Ive written the same thing twice. This is a bizarre way to sit down and start writing something that you have no idea what its gonna be. So I guess you just write, which is to say that I guess you should stop thinking and just start typing, which if fact you are already doing. This is a bit confusing. Anyway,…what does that word mean, anyway. Anyway? There is anyway to start writing something that you have no idea what its gonna be? I suppose that could be true. I may have just proven to myself that there is at least one way. Its pretty interesting to type something with out really saying anything, but in fact saying lots of things, but actually not. One could go on a long time like this, just writing, and thinking about writing and trying not to think about writing and just typing and then realizing that in fact one is doing just that, typing. Of course one should eventually stop chewing and start swallowing at some point, which is to say that one would surely move on to the next philosophical bite of observation about something yet this one seems to just keep on going down the page without really digesting anything. You could say you feel it coming but then you would just stop and retreat back into the nonsense of writing something that you had no idea what you were write and then next thing you know, you have filled a half a page and maybe not only wasted your own time but also somebody elses poor time who took the unnecessary time to read this, which again is yourself. Perhaps if you had some idea of what you wanted to write about you wouldnt find yourself in this predicament, filling a void with nothing, none the less filling it. Hmmm. Perhaps you should actually just start writing about something and this predicament would dissolve. And it is starting to sound like a predicament. Solvable by one simple idea of wanting to write about something, yet having no idea what one should write about, and somehow writing something, without saying anything at all.

The List

Friday, April 21st, 2006

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Akasaka Camera
Address: Akasaka 4-2-3 107-0052
Phone: (03) 3585-6284
Fax: (03) 3585-8736
Web Site:
Hours: 9:00-20:00 M-F, 9:30-19:00 on Sat., 10:00-17:00 on Sun., closed 2nd, 4th, 5th Sun. and national holidays
Other Info: Large selection of used Japanese and imported cameras and lenses, mainly rangefinder and collectables. Only a small collection of recent film SLRs.
Near Akasaka Mitsuke subway station.

Address: Shinjuku Terminal Bldg. 1st floor
Shinjuku 3-23-1 160-0022
Phone: (03) 3352-6337
Fax: (03) 3352-6171
Web Site:
Hours: 10:30 – 20:00, no holidays
Other Info: Classic cameras, used cameras, and accessories.
Near JR Shinjuku Station, East Exit (1 min. walk.)

Ameyoko Camera
Address: Ueno 4-7-8, Ameyoko Center, 3F
Phone: (03) 3833-3671
Web Site:
Hours:10:00-20:00 (Closed 3rd Wednesday)
Other Info: Classic camera and collectables specialty store with about 300 items to choose from, includes medium format and 35mm equipment. Near JR Ueno Station (Yamanote Line).

Arrow Camera and Garakutaya
Address: Aragicho 8
Phone: (03) 3357-1169
Web Site:
Hours: 9:00-19:00, Sun. 10:00-17:00
Other Info: Arrow camera specializes in purchasing used cameras. Garakutaya sells used cameras, lenses, accessories and junk parts. 35mm, medium/large format, and digital equipment. Near Yotsuya Sanchome Station (Marunouchi Subway Line.

BIC Camera (Camera Specialty Store)
Address: Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-11-7
Phone: (03) 3988-0002
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Other Info: Another huge camera and electrical chain retailer. New and used cameras can be found in this new specialty store. 35mm, medium/large format, digital.

Camera Classic
Address: Minami Aoyama 3-12-12 Kotani Bldg. 5F
Phone: (03) 3402-1729
Web Site:
Hours: 11:00-19:30 (Closed Sundays)
Other Info: Situated very close to Omotesando Station (Chiyoda Subway Line), this small camera shop houses a fine collection of collectable classics. Warranty: 6 months on selected items. 35mm and medium format.

Champ Camera (Ginza Store)
Address: Ginza 5-15-1 Nankai Tokyo Bldg.
Phone: (03) 3543-4547
Web Site:
Hours: 8:00-19:00, Sat./Sun. 9:00-18:00
Other Info: Chain store that also sells new cameras. You can also make purchases on-line (within Japan). 35mm, medium/large format, digital. Near JR Yurakucho (Yamanote Line). Branch stores in Akasaka and Yokohama. See list:

Classic Camera Moritz
Address: Fuchu-shi, Fuchucho 2-16-17
Phone: (042) 358-5351
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-19:00, Sat./Sun. 11:00-18:30
Other Info: A premium collection of classic film and 8mm movie cameras. Warranty: 3 months on selected items. 35mm, medium format. Near Fuchu Station (Keio Line).

Fujikoshi Camera
Address: Nihonbashi Muromachi 3-3-1
Phone: (03) 3241-1635
Web Site:
Hours: 8:00-19:00, Sat./Sun. 10:00-17:00
Other Info: New and used classic cameras (mainly Leica, Minox, Hassy, Linhof and Rollei). Warranty: 6 months on items over 30,000 yen. 35mm, medium/large format. Near Mitsukoshi-mae Station (Ginza Subway Line).

Fujisawa Shokai 藤澤商会
Address: 東京都品川区東五反田5−21−18第8スカイビル 1F
Daihachi Sky Bldg. 1F, Higashi-Gotanda 5-21-18
Phone: (03) 3449-5055
Fax: (03) 3440-3406
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-18:00, closed Sun. and national holidays
Other Info: Sells used equipment of all Japanese and foreign makes. Ships only within Japan.
Near JR Gotanda Station (Yamanote Line).

Fujiya Camera
Address: Nakano 5-61-1 164-0001
Phone: 03-5318-2222
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-20:30
Other Info: Large store with many Japanese (especially Nikon) and imported brands. Sells both new and used equipment.
Near JR Nakano Station (Chuo Line) North Exit.

Hayata Camera Store
Address: Asakusa 2-1-3
Phone: (03) 3841-5824
Web Site:
Hours: 11:30-20:00
Other Info: Voigtlander specialty sales and classic camera repair store. Warranty: 6 months on selected items. 35mm and medium format. Near Akasaka Station (Ginza Subway Line).

Kamera no Gokurakudo
Address: Toyama 1-1-8
Phone: (03) 5273-1932
Web Site:
Hours: Tue.-Fri. 11:00-20:30, Sat. 10:00-20:30, Sun. 19:00
Other Info: New and used Contax camera and Carl Zeiss lens specialty shop. 35mm Contax and medium format. Near Wakamatsu-kowada Station (Oedo Subway Line)

Kawamasu Camera
Address: Kotobuki, 3-12-6
Phone: (03) 3844-2941
Web Site:
Hours: 9:00-18:30, Sat. 9:00-18:00, Sun. and national holidays 10:00-17:00
Other Info: Large selection (over 1000 cameras and 3000 lenses) of sorts of used cameras and lenses. A collector’s dream store. Warranty: 6 months on selected items. 35mm, medium format. Near Akasaka Station (Ginza Subway Line).

Kikuya Camera
Address: Kikuya Bldg. B1F, Ueno 6-2-14 110-0005
Phone: 03-3832-2331
Fax: 03-3839-0320
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-19:00, closed Wed.
Other Info: Specializes in used imported brands like Leica, Hasselblad, and Rollei. Store is in the basement floor.
Near Ueno Okachimachi subway station (Oedo Line) Exit A7, JR Okachimachi Station, Ueno Hirokoji Station (Ginza Line), and Naka Okachimachi Station (Hibiya Line).

Kimura Camera (Shinjuku Store) Updated!!
Address: Shinjuku 3-23-7 Asahi Bank Bldg.
Phone: (03) 3354-0731
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Other Info: Another popular shop with collectors. The first floor houses new products, including film etc., the second floor has a large selection of used gear. Near JR Shinjuku Station (east exit).

Kitamura Camera (Shinjuku Purchasing Store)
Address: Nishi Shinjuku 1-15-13, 4F
Phone: (03) 5908-4322
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Other Info: This Shinjuku store specializes in purchasing used equipment. 35mm, medium/large format, digital, accessories. Near JR Shinjuku Station (west or south exit).

Lemon – Ginza Stores
Address: Ginza 4-3-14 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3567-3131
Mail order: (03) 3567-5533
Fax: (03) 3535-6978
Web Site:
Hours: 11:00-20:00, closed Sun. and national holidays
Other Info: Three Lemon stores are within a stone’s throw from each other in Ginza. The main camera shop sells used cameras and accessories. It also offers to sell your used equipment at a favorable rate. The Nishi Ginza store sells new and used Leica, Hasselblad, etc. The print shop offers photofinishing services, including prints from digital cameras.
Lemon also has branch stores in Osaka (06-6345-0720) and Fukuoka (092-737-4022).

Lucky Camera
Address: Shinjuku 3-36-16
Phone: (03) 3354-7898
Fax: (03) 3350-0780
Web Site:
Other Info: Near Shinjuku Station’s South exit. Buy, sell, and trade cameras. Leica specialist. They ship only within Japan.
Map in English:

Map Camera
Address: Nishi-Shinjuku 1-13-6 160-0023
Phone:(03) 3342-3383
Fax: (03) 3342-3422
Web Site:
Hours: 10:30-20:30
Other Info: There are two large stores. The No. 1 store sells used equipment (both Japanese and imported cameras), and the adjacent No. 2 store sells digital cameras.
Near Shinjuku Station West Exit. Very close to Yodobashi.
Map in English:

Miyama Shokai
Address: Ginza 5-9-5 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3571-7527
Fax: (03) 3571-7527
Hours: 10:30-19:30
Other Info: Used camera equipment. No Web site as of this writing.
Near Ginza Station. Branch stores in Shinjuku (03-3356-1841), Ikebukuro (03-3987-2621), Yokohama (045-251-4100), and Omiya (048-643-3316).

National Photo
Address: Jingumae 6-13-11 NP Bldg.
Phone: (03) 3486-7761
Web Site:
Other Info: Sells a wide selection of professional film and digital photographic equipment. Also sells collectables and used pro studio cameras. 35mm, medium/large format. Near Meiji Jingumae Station (Chiyoda Subway Line).

Nikon House (Sukiya Camera)
Address: 東京都中央区銀座4丁目2-13 クリスタルビル1F
Crystal Bldg. 1F, Ginza 4-2-13 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3561-6000
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-19:00
Other Info: Store is at a prominent street corner in Ginza. Used Nikon equipment only.
Near Ginza subway station Exit B5 and Yurakucho Station.

Nisshin Camera
Address: Kanda Iwamotocho 1 Banchi 101-0033
Phone: (03) 3251-7504
Fax: (03) 3251-5194
Hours: 9:00-20:00 (M-F), 10:00-20:00 (Sat., Sun.)
Other Info: An impressive range of modern and collectable cameras at reasonable prices. If you are into manual focus 35mm then this is a good place to look. 35mm, medium/large format, digital. Near JR Akihabara (Yamanote Line).

Nitto Camera
Address: Nakano, 5-49-6
Phone: (03) 3387-0111
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Closed Thursday)
Other Info: An interesting selection of cameras and top-quality lenses. A good place to visit if you make a trip to Fujiya Camera. Warranty: 6-12 months. 35mm and digital. Near JR Nakano Station (Chuo Line).

Ohba Shokai Camera Co.
Address: Shimbashi 1-15-6
Phone: (03) 3591-0070
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-19:30, Sat.19:00, Sun./Hol. 17:00
Other Info: 35 mm film cameras make up the bulk of stock at Ohba Camera, but there is a healthy smattering of MF and LF cameras. Lenses and accessories are located on the second floor.

Ohnuki Camera
Address: Ohnuki Bldg. 1st floor
Miyagawa-cho 2-47
Naka-ku 231-0065
Phone: (045) 231-0306
Fax: (045) 231-8531
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-19:00, closed Wed.
Other Info: New and used camera equipment of all major brands.
Near JR Sakuragicho Station and Hinode-cho Station (Keihin Kyuko).

Osawa Camera West Exit Store and East Exit
Address: Ebisu Minami 1-1-12 (West)
Phone: (03) 3719-0741 (West)
(03) 3446-5839 (East)
Web Site:
Hours: 9:00-20:00, Sun. 10:00-20:00 (West)
9:30-19:30, Sat. 10:00-19:00, Sun. 11:00-18:00 (East)
Other Info: Two stores owned by the came company in Ebisu. Mainly stock manual focus 35mm cameras and lenses. Near JR Ebisu Station (Yamanote Line).

Sankyo Camera 三共カメラ
Address: Ginza 4-8-7 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3543-3951
Fax: (03) 3546-1183
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-19:00 (till 18:30 on Sat.), 11:00-18:00 on national holidays., closed Sun.
Other Info: There are two stores in Ginza. One is called the Ginza Store and the other is called the Miharabashi Store (03-3561-2330) address above. The former sells imported cameras like Leica, while the latter sells Japanese brands.
Near Ginza subway station.

Sanpoh Camera
Address: Meguro Honcho 2-5-5
Phone: (03) 3793-2273
Web Site:
Hours:9:30-19:00, Sun 10:00-18:00
Other Info: Good selection of cameras at competitive prices. Often featured in Japanese camera magazines. 35mm, medium format, digital. Near Gakugei Daigaku Station (Tokyu Toyoko Line).

Shinbashi Ichi Camera
Address: Higashi Ueno 1-11-1 105-0004
Phone: (03) 3833-4311/4312
Fax: (03) 3833-4313
Web Site:
Hours: 10:30-19:30 (till 17:30 on national holidays, Closed Sundays except in July and Dec. when it is open on Sun.
Other Info: This store focuses on medium format equipment, especially Mamiya. The store has moved from Shimbashi to Okachimachi. 5-min. walk from the north exit of JR Okachimachi Station or 3 min. from Naka-Okachimachi Station on the Hibiya subway line.

Sukiya Camera
Address:東京都中央区銀座5丁目5-1 マツモトキヨシ銀座5thビル8F
Ginza 5-5-1 Phone: (03) 3571-5555
Fax: (03) 3571-5633
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-19:30 (till 19:00 on Sun. and national holidays)
Other Info: Conveniently located in Ginza. Sells classic Japanese and Leica cameras and lenses. Open every day. Buy and sell.
Near Ginza subway station Exit B5.

Address: Hongo 4-17-6 TED Bldg. 5F
Phone: (03) 3812-1201
Web Site:
Hours: 9:00-17:30 (Closed on Sat. and Sun.)
Other Info: A strange little store that sells props, lighting and cameras for pro studio work. Medium/large format. Near Kasuga Station (Toei Mita Subway Line).

Yodobashi Camera (Main Store)
Address: Nishi Shinjuku 1-11-1
Phone: (03) 3346-1010
Web Site:
Hours: 9:30-22:00
Other Info: One of the top camera and electrical retailers in Tokyo. The main store is located in Shinjuku, and is surrounded by separate specialist buildings which stock watches, film, video tape, cameras etc. They mainly sell new equipment, but used equipment is also sold.
If you become a member of their customer loyalty system, 10% or more of any purchase is credited in points (1 point = 1 yen) to your account which can then be used against your next purchase. Near JR Shinjuku Station (west or south exit).

Yoyogi Camera
Address: Yoyogi 1-38
Phone: (03) 3370-8682
Web Site:
Hours: 10:00-19:30 (Closed Sundays and national holidays)
Other Info: A small shop that stocks a wide range of used film cameras, especially roll film models. 35mm, medium/large format. Near JR Yoyogi Station (Yamanote Line).

Map I pilfered from here.

Poster Children

Monday, April 10th, 2006

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Just cuz I dont repost your mails doesn’t mean that Im not paying attention or that I just want you as a popularity status symbol. Im not a poster, thats all. Im vaguely leary of any post, mail, or otherwise slightly guilt ridden message that tells me Ill be shit on by 10,000 storks if I dont remail or worse yet, that my true love will mail me in 8 minutes if I resend to 8 people. I know Im becoming a cynic in my old age and I hear its better to chose faith over logic, the latter of which I have in abundance, and the former that you seem to have enough of(in a good way, I mean, honestly). Im a pay attention-er. I just don’t post unless I’m really into it. I get too many mails like this if I do. Its like that letter you posted a few weeks ago by …Ben Stein was it? We’re all too paranoid of what other people might think of us if we do or dont do something. To a certain extent thats true, But actually, I just don’t want to give into the belief that love is about who I mail or don’t. Its not that cyber. You dig? Alright, Im out…Lots of love…

The Roast of the Party

Monday, April 10th, 2006

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As for an updated version on me…Im still the same me, talking too much, (although its more difficult in different language), still faking the guitar and piano, writing everyday, the constant 5 oclock shadow, hair in some inbetween stage of gooped city swank and anti-establishment-fuck-you-long, funky sunglasses, hats, record collecting, swing dancing (if I can find a girl brave enough…they’re a shy lot), contiplating the isms that 29 year olds contiplate, cigarette smoking, coffee drinking, hole-in-the-wall searching, wreckless, slight paranoia, a empty pit of low self assurance hiding behind a fortess wall of towering-trying-to-be-humble-yet-totally-egotisical self confidence, The host of party, the ghost of the party, the roast of the party. Not a whole lot has changed.

Actually a couple of things are feeling really fresh recently. After sorta months of waking up where my first waking breath of the day was near panic from just any number of things, I started meditating and practicing Yoga, almost everyday. It has started to overflow into every moment. Walking zazen, stretching at the trainstops, I cant seem to stop. But at least its good. And secondly I got a job writing for a pretty big time magazine. That is to say, that I have an assignment but have yet to be officially published which I guess means, I could not be hired. I should be writing right now but instead Im surfing the web, blogging you.

I am still seeing the same girl. Her name is Yasuko. Its been about 5 or so months now and its pretty great although its a bit of a mix-match. Shes really nothing like me with the excpetion that we both like to have a good time. We like different music, art, food, style, perhaps political views but Im not really sure about that one, we have different ideas about our futures, about traveling, money, religion, its actually pretty funny how unsimilar we are. Some of these things seem almost unreconcilable. For example, She loves expensive 5 star hotel restaurants on the top floors of skyscrapers (upon which I could easy pass) and it would be a cold day in hell before I could convince her to venture into a dive like Dots. She doesnt think twice about spending 500 bucks on a dress or shoes and I wear recylced clothes and complain about 20 dollar t-shirts. Ok, well Im exagerating a little, but just a little. She like hotels and I like camping. She likes champagne, I like coffee. Yes, this girl does snowboard, and yes she loves music, and she’s a wicked drummer and piano player too. And shes’s a nurse, a smart little cookie. The whole thing stinks of contridicting oxymoron. She doesnt actually stink, she smells quite nice. But in a word, it works. We’re a goofy little couple.

I dont like to think about it too much but there is little chance of us surviving here together and perhaps less of a chance of surviving there, and at moments a sense of doom overwhlems us both, but we perservere and make compromises and it seems to work. I dont know, maybe halfway, say Hawaii?

Hanami, that is Cherry Blossum season has come and gone. The whole city was filled with these pink marshmellow-popcorn-puff trees and its total magic to hang out underneath one. When the wind blows strong, the whole sky is filled with little pink petals. Truely something comparable to something like perhaps the Bosphorus, or the Pyriamids. Something everybody should experience. Life is good and like the trees for a moment, Im gonna leave.