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Carasawagi Night

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I know I’ve been slacking lately in terms of regularly updating the blog, and I’m not entirely sure it’s clear yet from the few blog posts that I have written, but just in case there is any doubt, I would just like to say, that I really, really love Tokyo. Tokyo is easily the best city that I have ever lived in. The convenience stores are actually convenient, the streets are clean, the city is safe, and food is amazing. However, my favourite thing about Tokyo is the people.  Almost everyone we’ve encountered so far has been really kind and friendly. It’s because of the people that a couple kanji-illiterate gaijin like us have been able to get around so easily in the city. It’s because of the people that a night of after-work drinks could evolve into an impromptu jam session with an entire bar full of strangers.

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Texture Reference from Around the World

Fair warning — unless you’re particularly fascinated by different types of tree bark found in Tokyo, Frankfurt, and Vancouver, this smattering of photos is most likely going to be very boring for most of you.

I make video game environments for a living, so like a good professional nerd, I’m always on the look out for good reference. Anyway, the other day, I decided to organize a couple years’ worth of vacation photos, and ended up spending an afternoon sorting through several GB of flat close-ups of bark, stains, moss, rocks, and the like.

You know you’re a texture artist if literally every vacation photo album is inevitably filled with pictures such as these:

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A Non-Ode to My Once Favourite Season

So far my feelings about Tokyo have been pretty positive. Overall, I really enjoy living here. The food is amazing, the people are friendly, and there’s always something to do or see in the city.

However, less than two weeks in, I’ve managed to find something to hate about my new home: summer.

Really, it breaks my heart to say this, because growing up in Canada, summer was always my favourite time of year. In addition to being my birthday season, summer meant a break from school, late sunsets, consecutive days of sunshine (which, in Vancouver, is a pretty big deal), and fireworks (also a pretty big deal). It was never cold, but it was never too hot, either.

But in Tokyo, summer means being drenched in perpetual sweat all day and all night due to the insane 70% humidity and temperatures in the mid-30s (mid-90s for you Americans). Summer means stupid goddamn mosquitoes and swollen, itchy ankles covered in bites. And blisters as a result of allergic reactions to those bites! My legs are all red and swollen, and I can’t even wear shorts because that will only invite more mosquitoes to feast on my bare legs, thus kicking off the cycle of suffering once again!

*Sigh.*

I can’t wait until fall.

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