Wow, what a whirlwind spring! I just returned from my second spring tour in Japan and had such a great time! I can't believe it is already almost June though.
This past Japan tour was so much fun and started out with one of my most favorite events each year, The Greenroom Festival in Yokohama Japan. The Greenroom Festival is a 2 day festival that takes place each year (this was my 5th year attending as an artist) that is filled with live music on 4+ stages, surf and skateboard film screenings and surf artists from around the world. It is almost overwhelming as there is so much cool stuff and things there to do, see and listen to.
I had a lot of fun preparing my wall for Greenroom this year and did almost all of my originals on reclaimed pallet boards that Chris had made for me and I was so stoked on the look and feel of the pieces, and they seemed to be a big hit too! We also debuted the brand new Hawaii Skateboard Company skateboards at the show, some with art some just ready to ride! Please visit the Hawaii Skateboard Company website here and like them on Facebook here
|Hawaii Surf Artist Heather Brown display at the 2013 Greenroom Festival in Yokohama Japan|
Greenroom Festival is always so busy and a great chance to meet with some really fun people and share art and Aloha
|Heather Brown Art at the 2013 Greenroom Festival in Yokohama Japan|
|Heather Brown with The Captain, Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee at Greenroom Festival 2013 Yokohama Japan|
Next we headed down to Osaka for the Grand Opening of the new Heather Brown Gallery in Osaka!!
I was so excited not only to open but I was able to hand paint and letter the new sign for the gallery, I have always been a huge fan of hand lettered/hand painted signs, so I was naturally stoked to be able to do it for the Heather Brown Gallery in Osaka!
|Hawaii Surf Artist Heather Brown at the Heather Brown Gallery in Osaka Japan Grand Opening May 2013|
|Heather Brown Gallery Osaka Japan Grand Opening May 2013|
|Hawaii Artist Heather Brown at the Ron Herman store in Kobe Japan for her show May 2013|
|Heather Brown and fans at the Kyoto Takashimaya Show May 2013|
|Heather Brown Art show Kyoto Takashimaya May 2013|
The following day, Chris and I had some free time before catching our flight so we made a few essential stops when in Kyoto. The first was to visit Cafe Uli Uli and get some Ono grinds and meet with our friend and Cafe Uli Uli owner Junko. They make such great food and the atmosphere is so fun. She hosted a welcoming party for us when we came here in 2009 filled with live hawaiian music, hula and great food. This year, we popped in by surprise since she could not make it to the Takashimaya show!
|Heather Brown, Junko and The Captain at Cafe Uli Uli in Kyoto Japan May 2013|
|Heather Brown Autograph at Cafe Uli Uli from 2009|
And the final stop was at my favorite Ramen spot on Earth, the original Tenkaippin in Kyoto, we were still full from Uli Uli, but I could not bear to leave Kyoto without going to the original!
|Tenkaippin Ramen in Kyoto Japan|
|Heather Brown Skateboarding Japan May 2013 with the Hawaii Skateboard Company|