Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Inujirushi bags

Currently the object of otaku-like obsession. I had momentary reservations about how well one would fit with a voyageur bike, then I realized I'm making it up as I go along - liking it and if push comes to shove, the stratospheric price, are the main considerations.

The manufacturer's name is an easter egg in and of itself. The standard translation on the net seems to be Inujirushi = Dog Brand. The first part (inu = dog) is pretty obvious, but when one googles jirushi, the first hit is for Uma-jirushi - horse insignia.

"Uma-jirushi (馬印 lit. horse insignia) were massive flags used in feudal Japan to identify a daimyo or equally important military commander on the field of battle. They came into prominence during the Sengoku period. While many were simply large flags, not very different from sashimono or hata-jirushi, most were three-dimensional figures, more like kites, and in the shape of bells, gongs, umbrellas, or streamers." *

A 3-D samurai helmet insignia (properly outfitted with streaming vidcams and UV LASER EYES!!) for the dogs to wear while tearing around with me on the voyageur bike? Yes, please. And yes, I love tangents.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Best boots ever


I'm going to add boots to my earlier list of things that are greatly improved by being fit to your particulars. They may be a little pricey initially, but my pair are over 20 years old and are still in great shape. The local teevee newsmagazine did a feature on Peter Limmer (thus the post) - click on the picture of the custom lasts below -or here- to go to it.

Photo via Scoobyfoo.

There's also a classic 'Limmer shot' - boots dangling in space in a very mountainous setting - you'll see a couple in the video linked above.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Nigel Cabourn Parka

The first parka I've seen that might compete with a suitably UV-faded-to-mauve N-3B as a substrate for 2nd Miskatonic Expedition patches.

Much more on Cabourn's web site.

Thanks, Pluvi.