Super hip street magazine "Ollie" featured a couple styles from Japan's Vision Street Wear line!
This is Akila. He's a Vision sponsored punk rocker who hung out with us throughout the whole trip, jammed while we skated, and had fans pretty much everywhere we went. If you want to check out more about him, head over to his site. You might want to open up Google Translate though, unless your Japanese is up to par.
Airplanes, buses, taxis, trains, customs, and being in a country where you don't understand the language can be pretty tough. Luckily we made sure to spend a little bit of time just chillin' out.
What is the skate scene like in Japan?
It is said that Japanese skate scene is more than 10 years behind that of U.S. This might be true for the skating environment or people's recognition against skaters but the Japanese skaters have already created Japanese skate style based on deep understanding of Japanese culture and propose the way of skating to wide range of Japanese people. There are now many Japanese skate brands and the skate is now being established as a culture.
Did you know anything about Kilian Martin before he came over?
Of course! I had known Kilian already known as a skater who merged new Free Style Skate and Street.
What are the biggest differences between US skating and Japan skating?
Those are the skating environment and the climate.
What was the craziest moment for you when you were with Kilian and the crew?
It's pity that we, Japanese skaters, didn't have enough time to spend with Kilian but I felt it quite pleased when I saw Kilian got excited at Asakusa and the staff seemed to be impressed by traditional Japanese culture. I am proud of it as a Japanese and wish all of them come again to Japan!
Do the Tokyo police harass skateboarders?
Most of policemen want to restrict the activity by skateboarders though some of them might understand what we do. If the skateboarders' activity is reported to the police, the skaters have to show their ID to the police.
While Kilian was out in Japan he spent some time with our crew over there, and of course they wanted to get some pics for their magazine ads out there. Here's a few they just sent over to us.
One of the coolest things about our trip was seeing all of the rad gear that's only available in Japan. Kilian actually picked up the black Vision watch below. Pretty slick, right?
Since we spent most of our time shredding the streets of Japan while we were out there, we kind of spaced bringing back any souvenirs. So, we decided to make these rad Vision x Japan shirts to remember our trip. These are limited editions and will only be available for giveaways! Make sure to tune in to our twitter feed next week for some deets!
We know that attention spans are short nowadays which is why we crammed an entire trip into this intense brand video from Kilian's trip to Japan. Music courtesy of our good friends, Cerebral Ballzy.
One of the first stops on the trip was for Kilian to meet up with the Japanese Vision Skate crew. They headed to the Asakusa Temple in Tokyo to show Kilian some of Japan's culture before they shredded up the streets.