by Jeremy Lemos
Welcome to the Pavement tour! My name is Jeremy Lemos and I'm on tour with Pavement as their monitors engineer. I get to travel a lot for my job, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
We spent three days in Tokyo! How can you possibly do all there is to do? So much to, see, eat, drink, and buy! The tour manager, lighting designer, and I flew in early to spend a day exploring before the Pavement tour of Japan began. . . . Pictures and more after the jump!
The coffee siphon is a process invented by the Germans almost 200 years ago, but it’s been mastered by the Japanese. Heat up some water and push it through the coffee grounds, then take away the heat and the vacuum sucks the water back down. It’s actually a really simple process but it looks like a science experiment.
No English here except the adjectives for the blends. Who can turn down the “bold” blend? “Mild”? No thanks. . . . I usually pick “balance” for my second pot, though. The smoking section starts at the next table, and this place is filled with suited solo businessmen drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, and having a “morning set” of a small salad, boiled egg, and really great fat buttered toast. You can still smoke EVERYWHERE in Japan and smokes are still less than $3 U.S.! So sit back and watch this amazing city go by with a cup or two and plan out your day before hitting the town.
In my case today it’s catching up with old friends, eating conveyor-belt sushi, and finding the perfect bow tie, but that’s another story.
Jeremy also posts on Twitter and is probably on the road right now. . . .