Monday, July 16, 2007

Harlem Children's Zone Project

This fall hundreds of NYC yellow taxi cabs will be competing with the fall foliage for the title of most colorful thanks to the work of POLO volunteers and Harlem school kids. We painted flowers to be mounted on top of the cabs, assisting the kids, and carrying canvases down narrow halls all the meanwhile trying to thwart to wind which wanted nothing more then to blow the pictures over. I ended up very messy and tired, but also happy to have contributed even in a small way. I couldn't help but beam when a mentally challenged boy took great pride in signing his name, or a young girl asked me about college and I assured her she could do it to. So this fall if you see a flower-power taxi, hail it and be proud!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Shin Chan

It's been a while since I've posted anything actually kawaii, so here you go: Shin Chan! Or better known in Japan as Crayon Shin Chan because he looks like he was drawn with crayons. The series follows the antics of five-year-old Shinnosuke Nohara and his parents, neighbors, friends, dog and many others. The series is set in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Shin loves to show his bare butt, his mom worries about her small boobs, and his dad likes nothing more than to drink beer and cower around.


I only recently found out about Shin when Adult Swim began running the brilliantly translated English version of the show. It turns out however that Shin began in 1992, has been translated into countless languages and has his own movies and books! I tried to find some online but alas no luck. If you know how to obtain some Shin Chan DVD's with English subtitles or some books so I can practice my Japanese please email me the info!


When this man decided to run with the bulls you just know this was not the photo he wanted spread in the media!