The crew consisted of Elijah Akerley, Archer Braun, Cody Subido and Tadashi Yamaodaon a 7 day trip exploring the Japanese skate scene. The local 7Eleven was the cornerstone of our diet. In the States, that’s a recipe for disaster.

But in Japan, prepackaged fish and other 7Eleven seafood plates void of the standard American preservatives kept us running strong. The risky purchases of unknown items often ended up being tasty treats with healthy dose of bowel movements that followed.

Elijah product placement, Tailblock

Elijah product placement, Tailblock

Elijah wasted no time! Switch polejam at Powerbomb skatepark.

Elijah wasted no time! Switch polejam at Powerbomb skatepark.

Cody, Nosepress

Cody, Nosepress

Osaka homies (center) Hiroki “Tank” Nomura and Naoto Oda from Powerbomb skatepark. L to R Cody Subido, Natsuki Kinoshita, Archer Braun, Elijah Akerley and Tadashi Yamaoda.

Osaka homies (center) Hiroki “Tank” Nomura and Naoto Oda from Powerbomb skatepark. L to R Cody Subido, Natsuki Kinoshita, Archer Braun, Elijah Akerley and Tadashi Yamaoda.

Archer gets aquatinted at the next spot. Backside floater at Backhand skatepark.

Archer gets aquatinted at the next spot. Backside floater at Backhand skatepark.

This young ripper let his skating do the talking. Natsuki FSA

This young ripper let his skating do the talking. Natsuki FSA

Kenji, Lays one back

Kenji, Lays one back

Elijah kept the good times rolln’

Elijah kept the good times rolln’

Mini squad line up at BSS Distric9 skateshop

Mini squad line up at BSS Distric9 skateshop

Natsuki, Fastplant

Natsuki, Fastplant

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We wound up hitting a couple of street spots each morning and a few shops later in the day that usually consisted of have a “something rad” to skate. Elijah, Polejam Osaka

Cody covered some ground with this ollie in the city.

Cody covered some ground with this ollie in the city.

Bayarea had a tight diy spot right outside the shop

Bayarea had a tight diy spot right outside the shop

How’s the air up there. Archer stalefish at Southtree skatepark

How’s the air up there. Archer stalefish at Southtree skatepark

Archer, frontside ollie

Archer, frontside ollie

Tank, inverted

Tank, inverted

“Don’t Forget The Basics” Elijah & Oddball Skate & Snow

“Don’t Forget The Basics” Elijah & Oddball Skate & Snow

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We ended the trip with a big session at Hell Camp located at Naoto’s family property. The event was promoted, and there was a solid turn out. Despite the bone chilling temperatures! The crew pushed through on the final day shutting it down with a couple campfires and a few new friends. The skate scene in Osaka and its surrounding areas is strong. Regardless of any language barrier, at the end of the day we are all doing and loving the same things. The hospitality Japan showed the crew went above and beyond. We love you Japan!

THANK YOU: PxBxHxC Skates Distribution , Naoto Oda,  Hiroki "Tank" Nomura, Power Bomb Skate Park, Hell Camp, Backhanded Skate Park, Odd Ball Skate & Snow, Bay Area DIY, BSS District 9, Seven Two Surf Shop, South Tree Skate Park, Blackline , Crank Socks, Vagrant Mike, Keith Moser, 7Eleven and Thrasher