Wow that must be the longest title ever, and yeah although I agree that it’s a mouthful, I couldn’t shorten it anymore even if I tried…
Select fashion shop Nano Universe and radio station FLiPLiPS (coolest name ever) announced the sale of a T-shirt created for the upcoming of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s(Sukapara in short) concert in Kyoto on April the 15th and the 16th.
As the band’s name suggests, this is a ska band and not your average J-pop group, these boys have the musical skills to back up their game, they are not just a bunch of good looking, fabricated by some clever agency short termers. They have performed at concerts all around the globe and they have established themselves as a true ska band.
Back to the T-shirt..the shirt is designed by Moriya Tsutomu, designer of Ila and art director of several musical acts in Japan.
The design of the shirt is inspired by the petals of cherry blossom which are blown from the trees by strong May winds or hanafubuki as the Japanese call it(flower-storm), which is a strong part of the love the Japanese have for these lovely pink blossomed trees. Its fleeting beauty is as a metaphor for life itself. The Japanese take their hanami or blossom viewing season very serious and although lots of foreigners see the usual hanami parties as just an excuse to drink and be jolly, for Japanese it’s so much more…. kinda like a tulip to a cloggy.
Falling petals for the Japanese and a tulip(glass)for the Dutch
In the center of the shirt you can see Kyoto tower and as an act of selfless promotion, Kyoto Tower has announced that 100 wearers of this T-shirt will get free admission to this tower and you’ll receive a sticker in the same design as the shirt! So if you want to visit Kyoto this year during its most beautiful season then ordering this shirt would be a no-brainer.
This shirt is now up for pre-ordering and will be delivered in April, maybe just in time to wear to the concert and cost ¥ 3,800.
While you’re at it why don’t you ask us to send you some cheap Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra cd’s, we can get you used ones for the cheapest of the cheapest and we can even upload these cd’s for you on a private cloud account so you can listen while the cd is on its way to you….life has never been more convenient.
Serge Roso JWS