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I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.

#91- “Inspiration” at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport

Last Saturday, I was at the event “Inspiration” (The First Annual Kulture Recycling & Vintage Clothing World Gathering 2010) at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport.

This event ( presented by Mr. Rin Tanaka who is a photographer in San Clemente, California (His latest book is “My Freedamn! 8” “My Freedamn! 9” will be in this summer.)

Rin says, “The theme of the first year’s event is "Reset!" Yes, we need to "reset" the world with vintage freaks! ”

I really glad to see Rin’s photos. He has such a wonderful spirit for his art and life. I could really see his spirit in his artwork. Everyone and everything are alive in his photos.

This information will be in Senken-newspaper, so I can’t write details about him and this event at this time in my blog, but it was very “inspiring” show.

I was very imprested by “The Flat Head” (from Nagano, Japan and “Studio D’ Artisan” (from Osaka, Japan “The Flat Head” has many wonderful spirits (people/staff, business and business concept for life) and “Studio D’ Artisan” has a nice Japanese spirit.

And I was also very impressed by U.S. brands, “Rising Sun Custom Denim Tailors” (from Pasadena, California and “Robert Warner Leathers” (from Los Angeles They have great “American sprits”!!!

It was nice to see people who have fun & pure spirits for their life.

Life is beautiful!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Feb 16, 2010

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