Tuesday, December 30, 2008

a white xmas in japan

merry xmas and happy new year from japan!

antonette and i took advantage of the early snow in gifu and decided to go on our first snowboarding adventure. we spent most of the day falling instead of actually snowboarding, but it was a lot of fun ;)

antonette managed to get some footage of all the xmas decorations near nagoya station the following evening.

props to antonette for taking all the footage in this video. she did a great job.

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elf yourself

our friend rachel made this xmas surprise. elf yourself... do it

Monday, December 29, 2008

a western weakness

i hate traditional japanese toilets. i hate them because my legs are weak. this particular toilet gave me such a hard time on the way back from himeji castle... god i hate you toilet... you made my day crappy :(

Monday, December 22, 2008

kevin in kobe

this is my reverse shout out to kevin in kobe. kevin was kind enough to mention me in his latest vidd. if you watch my blog to find out about japan then be sure to visit his blog as well. he has been blogging about japan longer than me and has some great stuff. click here to visit kevin's blog or find his link on this page under 'japan bloggers'.

below you can also see kevin play a part in this huge japan vlogger collaboration, "xmas in japan." its well done and really funny. maybe more funny for those of us actually here, but still funny nonetheless. enjoy.

lets have some yum yums

rotary sushi, pad thai and haagen dazs. these are just a few of my favorite things. nagoya has the best of the east and the west. i still miss wendy's though :(

*it's yakiniku, not yakiniki, sorry :(

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

dance unit

hip hop has never looked so awkward.

this is "dance unit," a hip hop dance event that spanned a couple of days and held at oasis 21 in sakae (downtown nagoya).

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ECC sub shift with nothing to do

i make drawings at work. yes, they hang giant canon printers from the ceiling.
drawing 1

Thursday, December 18, 2008

iphone shhmyphone

cell phones in japan are amazing. they look like plain phones on the outside, but they have lots of capabilities. antonette's phone for example has a tv tuner built right in. mine's not as cool, but i can make video calls thru it easily. i stay away from it cause it costs extra ;)

softbank is one of the three largest cellphone companies here in japan. the three include softbank, ntt docomo, and au.

domo arigato mr. roboto.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

nagoya castle

antonette and i finally made our way to nagoya castle. we tried visiting it once before but didn't make it during the hours of operation. we made sure to be on time this time around.

overall it was a nice visit and its very close to where we live. the castle wasn't very impressive. i think we made the mistake of visiting inuyama castle first and now it has set the standard. nagoya castle is not in its original condition. its actually a replica of the original castle that was bombed during the american attacks of WWII. we wish we could have seen the original :(

the castle garden on the other hand is spectacular. really worth the visit. take a look.

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Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Monday, December 8, 2008

japanese denny's

we stumbled upon a denny's the other day. that's right, denny's in japan. but it wasn't what we expected it to be.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

inuyama castle

this is part 1 and 2 of our visit to the oldest standing castle in japan, inuyama castle located in the aichi prefecture in the city of inuyama. the castle is surrounded by a great view of the city and a beautiful garden. only 500 yen for admission, you can't beat that. what a beautiful sight to ring in the new year. below are views from the top floor of the castle as well as an interior shot of the middle floor.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

drunk dude

so this vidd is pretty self explanatory. many japanese businessmen get super drunk after their long and stressful work days. generally speaking drunk japanese businessmen are non violent and harmless and sometimes fun to watch... but sometimes awkward to see.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

nagoya festival 2008

these are parts 1, 2 and 3 w/commentary of the festival and parade held in downtown nagoya on oct. 12th 2008. lots of amazing costumes, music, sculpture and delicious street food.

wish you were here.

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happy halloween!

happy halloween from nagoya, japan! i was passing through oasis 21, tourist center, when i stumbled upon these guys. i left them, did some shopping and when i came back they were still playing. they played for hours.

Monday, November 24, 2008

nagoya cribs

take a look at our luxurious mansion in downtown nagoya... 'mansions' are what they call apartments here ;)

its really super efficient and cozy. we like it a lot. sometimes less is more.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

the arrival: sakae

this is part 2 of our arrival to nagoya, japan. this is our neighborhood, sakae. its basically downtown nagoya. its where all the hip clubs, awesome restaurants, parks and cool shops are. we live within walking distance of everything cool about nagoya.

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the arrival: first impressions

this is part 1 of our arrival to nagoya, japan. our first few weeks were filled with lots of new experiences such as heated toilets, delicious new food and politeness.

this city has big buildings.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

seattle sept. 2008

we continued our vacation south back to seattle. unfortunately for me i contracted canadian sars during our whistler outdoor adventure so i was quarantined for most of our seattle vacation. antonette stayed healthy and managed to have a good time.

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canada sept. 2008

antonette and i got married and left florida in mid sept. 2008 to start our new lives in japan. we stopped by seattle and whistler, canada on the way to spend time with my brother, aries and his girlfriend, brooke.

enjoy our ziplining and atving adventure.

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Friday, October 24, 2008


omg, i'm finally getting internet in my apartment. why the crap is it sooooo hard to get internet here in japan?!! i will see all you suckas onrine by nov. 6th.... hopefully....

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

magic bullet looks test 3

yet another test...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

magic bullet looks test 2

still feeling out this plugin...

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

america the beautiful

.... AWESOME...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Interview in Toronto

here's a short video of me and Antonette travelling to Toronto for an interview with ECC, an english teaching company mostly based in Osaka, Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan. 

Monday, April 28, 2008

creature comforts: art

i'm a huge creature comforts fan... its as though this episode was meant for me.

welcome to the HOODANG!

thanks to everyone that made it. its been a great semester for The Contraceptualists. keep a look out for our next show ;)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

recent protest @ USF

an oracle multimedia package i help put together.

oracle senior send off :(

Oracle Send Off from Seth Chavezez on Vimeo.

very sad day... thanks to everyone at the oracle for making my time there the best job i've ever had. you guys are the best!

Monday, April 21, 2008

2 new drawings


2 drawings almost ready for the show... come see them in person!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Ben Hooper ready to Hoodang!

video by Lindsay...


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hoodang show card:



be there...

getting ready to Hoodang!

is everyone ready to Hoodang?!... we're not yet.... but we're getting there... more footage above of the contraceptualists getting ready for our last spring art show... you better be there!... more info to come.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

RIOT! at the factory reception

above is footage of the BFA Senior Thesis Show, "RIOT! at the factory." lots of fun. i'm glad the turn out was enormous. see you guys at the next contraceptualists show!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

setting up the BFA Thesis Show

Above is some footage of us setting up the BFA Thesis show. opening reception is this friday 7pm-11pm. directions below:



Tuesday, April 8, 2008

USF student show awards 2008

above is a short video of the USF 32nd annual student juried exhibition awards ceremony. mike receives a greatly deserved award. congrats to my fellow contraceptualist!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Elephant painting a self-portrait

WOW... thought i'd share this video i stumbled upon on youtube of a elephant painting a self-portrait... amazing

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Contraceptualists End of The Year Hoodang

Above is a little video of us putting together some PR for the show. 

below is an unofficial press release for our next show:

The Contraceptualists, a USF based art collective, invite you to their next show, The Contraceptualists End of The Year Hoodang: a Hoodang to end all Hoodangs. Please join us for an exhibition of new work by Michael Ryan Reynolds, Benjamin Howard Hooper, Juan Luis Duarte Elizarraras, and Marlow Kuhio Gum at the USF Centre Gallery from April 21st  - May 2nd with a reception held on April 25th at 7pm. Formal attire is encouraged given the auspicious nature of the event. Masters of Ceremonies, Sir Benjamin H. Hooper M.D., will coordinate the evening’s events. Joyous buffoonery will ensue for all those attending. Prepare to be amazed and expect the unexpected. 

Monday, March 10, 2008

papa's paper

above is a little video of my father's home based paper making process. pretty cool skill to have. more to come!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Holgaroid scans from the Philippines 2007

Above is a slideshow of polaroids of my 2007 tour of the Philippines taken from my Holga 120N modified with a polaroid backing. I apologize for the filthy scan quality- it was hard to keep things clean, a lesson for future trips perhaps. villages and towns include Batad (where i spent most of my trip) and Banuae, both located on the island of Luzon. 

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Oliver Gallery Feb. 8th Closing Reception:

thanks for coming to our show this month! be sure to catch us at the USF Centre Gallery for our April Exhibition. if you couldn't make it-above is a little bit of what you missed; toasters cooking tasty treats, contraceptualist brand beers, football, streetfighter, cameramen, and amuricans. dont miss out next time! 

Friday, February 8, 2008

Contraceptualists Spring 2008 Exhibition

hey friends,

yea, i started a blog. perfect time too, tomorrow is our closing reception for our Contraceptualists Spring 2008 exhibition. above is a little taste of tomorrow's event. larger video/slideshow to come. hope to see you all tomorrow at the william and nancy oliver gallery 7-9pm next the contemporary art museum on the USF campus.