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The good guys over at Solo magazine celebrate Japanese skateboarding in their latest issue. Shin Sanbongi features above in a little short highlighting his love for his hometown of Chigasaki and Takahiro Morita talks about his craft of skate filmmaking.
Extending this, they take an in-depth look at the unique world of Japanese skate videos and magazines - and who better to talk about this than Palomino’s very own Nick Sharrat. Palomino carries the largest selection of rare skateboard films, zines and books in Europe, and possibly the world, all hand-picked by Nick, given he’s an expert when it comes to these things. From Evisen Skateboards recent masterpiece ‘The Evisen Video’ to hyper-local independent videos like Mitsuko Toshiba's ‘Toriotoko’. Nick knows them all, providing western comparisons for relatable reference points, he highlights a few special ones that are available through Palomino's website.
With most the of world subscribing to a certain aesthetic in terms of both filming technique and actual tricks filmed, Japan has taken a different tack and they present a unique view that has been meticulously crafted with care, much like wider Japanese culture. They can only be described as excitingly different so treat yourself and check out these mini-masterpieces that put your daily 2-minute online clip to shame.
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