We landed in Timbuktu… The town consists of clay houses built on sand. The clay and the sand are the same color, so the town looks like an organic part of the desert - a fragment of the Sahara shaped into rectangular blocks and elevated  The heat curdles the blood, paralyzes the body, stuns.  I did not encounter a living soul in the narrow streets and back alleys. But I found a house with plaque informing that here, from September 1853 until May 1854, lived Heinrich Barth. Barth was one the greatest travelers in the world. For five years he journeyed alone through the Sahara.  Several times, sick and pursued by bandits, he bade his life farewell. Dying of thirst he would cut his veins and drink his own blood to survive. Eventually he returned to Europe, where no one appreciated the unique feat he had accomplished. Bitter, worn out by the hardships of his voyage, he died in 1865 at the age of forty-four, not understanding that the human imagination is incapable of traveling to the frontier he had crossed in the Sahara.

Remi Relief - Indigo French Terry Cardigan.

Spurred by his love of California, avid skater/surfer Yutaka Goto, injects a heavy dose of inspiration from 1970’s California, the Z-boys, and beach culture into his Japanese menswear line, Remi Relief. Under the motto “High Quality of Life”, Remi Relief creates “ultimate American basics” with a fanatical approach to textile development that is exceedingly rare outside of Japan, utilizing intricate dying, print pigment, and vintage finishing techniques.

Japanese Technique + California. Perfect.

Ken Ken Ramen opened a sister bento shop - SUIKA! 

Come by! Hours during lunch - 11:30 to 2!!!

Daily bentos that change! Open some nights!

Explore!

3378 18th Street!

Help us catch a Bike Thief Crew!

Above are two frames from our security footage of a karmically screwed bike thief at work! The worst is that suspect look out riding with his styling bike.

That shirt in the 2nd frame helps identify the suspect!

Knowing anything? Recognize anyone? Let us know.

Lets see what we can do! 

Herb Alpert: Oh, Miles Davis.  I love Miles.  Miles was the real thing.  Alec Baldwin: Why?Herb Alpert: Well, because he was completely authentic.  He was just playing the music that was coming out of him – no compromise.  He understood space, the silence that happens between the notes.  He understood that, and I think he was the key jazz musician of the 20th century…
From the Herb Albert interview with Alec Baldwin

Herb Alpert: Oh, Miles Davis.  I love Miles.  Miles was the real thing.  

Alec Baldwin: Why?

Herb Alpert: Well, because he was completely authentic.  He was just playing the music that was coming out of him – no compromise.  He understood space, the silence that happens between the notes.  He understood that, and I think he was the key jazz musician of the 20th century…

From the Herb Albert interview with Alec Baldwin

Tahitian Farmer’s Markets are Sexy.

Ramboutans, Guavas, Breadfruit, Carambola, Oranges, Papayas, Sugarcane, Nape, Noni, Banana, Passion Fruit, lychees, mangos, watermelon, taro, manioc, yams, grapefruits…

Just saying these words brings sweetness to the mouth.

In Tahiti. Explore.

From the 1986 Edition of Yuhikaku English - Japanese Dictionary:
Ai-Ai Gasa - A man and a woman sharing an umbrella.
In fuedal times, men and women in intimate relations were not supposed to be closed together in public, to say nohting of linking arms or holding hands.
One of the rare occasions this was permissible was a rainy day when they could enjoy intimacy adn closeness by sharing an umbrella. Therefor, if a man offered an umbrella to a woman, it was very often interpreted as an implicit expression of his love for her.
Since then a man and a woman in love have been descrbed as asharing an umbrella. It has even become a part of the street graffiti of youngers. When a boy is in love with a girl and he is too shy to say so to her, he is tempted to draw a picture of ai-ai gasa to express his feeling.  A mischievous friend of his could draw one either to ease him or to let his potential girlfriend know how he feels about her.

From the 1986 Edition of Yuhikaku English - Japanese Dictionary:

Ai-Ai Gasa - A man and a woman sharing an umbrella.

In fuedal times, men and women in intimate relations were not supposed to be closed together in public, to say nohting of linking arms or holding hands.

One of the rare occasions this was permissible was a rainy day when they could enjoy intimacy adn closeness by sharing an umbrella. Therefor, if a man offered an umbrella to a woman, it was very often interpreted as an implicit expression of his love for her.

Since then a man and a woman in love have been descrbed as asharing an umbrella. It has even become a part of the street graffiti of youngers. When a boy is in love with a girl and he is too shy to say so to her, he is tempted to draw a picture of ai-ai gasa to express his feeling.  A mischievous friend of his could draw one either to ease him or to let his potential girlfriend know how he feels about her.