I’ve been slightly obsessed with Japanese culture ever since I can remember.
It probably stems from growing up in front of the TV watching shows like Power Rangers, Voltron and Dragon Ball – there was always something that drew me in to the “Japanese style.” In high school I was introduced to Japanese woodblock printing – where artists were depicting epic moments in time with a very unique style. Scholars still believe those same artists were some of the earliest tattooists and the foundation for today’s “traditional Japanese tattoo style.” As I looked more into other artists from the region I discovered Takashi Murakami, an artist who combined historic Japanese imagery with Anime and Manga who would eventually become a favorite of mine and a pop-cultural icon soon after his collaboration with Louis Vuitton in 2002.
Fast-forward to 1/3 of my body being covered by traditional Japanese tattoos and booking my first flight to Tokyo. I’ve been doing a good amount of reading and asking friends of where to go and what to do with the hopes of not missing anything. I’m hoping 10 days is enough time to experience half of the magic that everyone says they feel when they visit, so I’m packing as light as I can – preemptively knowing I’m gonna go broke there and taking an empty suitcase in the hopes of bringing back a little bit of Japan with me.
So what to pack? Let’s go over my basics (with links to cop).
Supreme 2015 FW Hip Bag
Plenty of space for daily trekking, looks dope and is light to carry – very easy on the shoulders.
Perfect size for carry-on, expands a bit if needed, takes a beating, easy to drive with full 360º wheels.
This camera has been my go to for years, paint stains and all. From track spots, roofs, tunnels and vacations – the Canon G12 shoots with the quality of a DSLR with the feel of a handheld.
Camera quality on the 6s is pretty solid for social (instagram, snapchat, facebook) sharing.
Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Royal (2017) and Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Shattered Backboard Away” (2016)
If we’re going to one of the hypebeast capitals of the world, you can’t roll up without some classics.
In my book, the best portable battery/chargers (phone and tablet) for your money. I’ve tried different portable batteries and by far these have been my favorite – Quick to recharge, last long and are the perfect size to keep in your bag or even your pocket.
Always gotta rep where you’re from.
Takes up little pocket space and lasts forever.
Going with little knowledge of availability in Tokyo, I’m carrying the essentials.
Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian Series
Every graffiti writer preps for a trip by having a hefty stack of stickers and I wouldn’t feel right without bringing two of my favorites along with me.