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Brown, Fuzzy & on the Go: Domokun in Italy

domo tackles the bocca della verita

Bocca della Verita, Rome | Canon Powershot A80

In March 2004, Domo-kun and I rendezvoused in the land of pasta, pizza, and piety, spending a good chunk of our two weeks in Rome, Perugia, and the Cinque Terre. (You can read about our first adventure together here.) I fully assumed (and was totally fine with the idea) that we’d do nothing but stuff our faces or be in shambling comas from said face-stuffing. What I didn’t expect was someone as seemingly savage as Domo to appreciate fine art and architecture, but he did.

In Rome, our feet soon ached from inspecting the intricate ceilings, stunning stained glass, and hand-hewn pews of each basilica we passed. He insisted that we stop at every Bernini fountain to marvel at the marble masterpieces, but he refused to wade in the Trevi Fountain à la Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, claiming that the water would make him frizzy. We did, however, visit the Bocca della Verita and re-enact the classic Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck scene in Roman Holiday (although his performance was admittedly half-hearted since he has no hands to begin with). Naturally, we checked many other popular attractions off our sightseeing list and even let a gypsy woman and her children by the Colosseum rifle through our bags. We veered from the tourist track and caught a glimpse of Rome’s small punk scene in a graffiti-covered squat, where Taxi and two other Italian bands covered relatively obscure acts like Johnny Moped and the Normals.

domo with nude; tiger lily and the bocca della verita

Domo with nude in Piazza del Quirinale; Tiger Lily gives the Bocca della Verita a hand

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Colosseum, Rome

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Arco di Constantino and the Colosseum, Rome

dead roman pigeon

Incident at Arco di Constantino—the pigeon started it

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Roman forum

domo at the forum

Roman forum

teatro di marcello

Crumbling ruins everywhere: Teatro di Marcello, Rome

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Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

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Piazza della Repubblica, Rome

castel sant'angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome

airing dirty laundry

Ghetto, Rome

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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona, Rome

fascist groove thang

Fascist neoclassicism: Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, EUR, Rome

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Graffiti in Tiburtina, Rome

roman squat

Roman squat

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Taxi performs in Roman squat

winged wedding cake

Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome

old rome

Roman forum

view from a train

Train to Umbria

Come for the Wine‘s Marcy Gordon and her Italian friend Fabio met up with us in the walled hill town of Perugia, the capital of the region of Umbria and known for its annual Umbria Jazz Festival, a chocolate fest, and several universities. Together we awkwardly engaged in la passeggiata (evening stroll), broke bread with Buddhist anarchists, and trudged along snow-lined Monte Subasio. Between heavy, leisurely meals, we took daytrips to Assisi and other cobblestoned, red-roofed Umbrian towns, making sure to get lost at least thrice between destinations.

perugia rooftops

Perugia rooftops

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Domo in the Piazza Navona, Rome; Assisi man startles Domo

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Snowy Monte Subasio

domo and the sorta-leaning tower of pisa

Not-so-leaning tower of Pisa

Domo and I eventually made our way to the Cinque Terre, stopping off at Pisa for a quick photo jaunt. Somehow, we couldn’t capture the tower’s legendary lean before time came to scramble back to the train station, but once we arrived in Riomaggiore (the southernmost of Cinque Terre’s five coastal villages), our disappointment evaporated. The Cinque Terre is for the most part accessible only by a small train or on foot, which means it’s absurdly quiet and hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years. It was also markedly warmer and sunnier than the other parts of Italy we’d been to. We joined high-heeled Italian women and their children on the rugged trail that connects the five villages, absolutely enchanted that the flora and craggy coastline reminded us of the California coast. The expansive view of the stepped hills, tight cluster of colorful homes, and the Mediterranean Sea’s sparkling turquoise water, coupled with a series of brief but arduous ascents, was truly breathtaking.

We overnighted in charming, tranquil Vernazza, the second-northernmost village, and considered staying there forever—until we heard the Clash and Green Day reverberating through the night. I remembered that I wasn’t ready to retire from rock ‘n’ roll just yet; he realized that he still needed urban discord to fuel his daily rawr and fist-shake. And so with that we returned to our respective noisy, messy homes. Check back soon for more of our adventures together!

pulling into cinque terre

Cinque Terre train

cinque terre trail

Cinque Terre trail to Corniglia

domo at corniglia train station

Waiting for the Cinque Terre train

classic shot of vernazza in the cinque terre

Vernazza, Cinque Terre

domokun chick orgy

Italian chick orgy, Gubbio

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Brown, Fuzzy & on the Go: Domo-kun in England

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Domo-kun at Paddington Station | Fujifilm FinePix A101

Domo-kun, the fuzzy brown mascot of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), has enjoyed a worldwide cult following ever since the internet exposed him storming after a kitten across a rolling hillside in 2001. But that scandal and his flatulent nature haven’t slowed him down. In fact, nowadays, you may see him in seasonal costumes at Target or emblazoned across the chests of hipsters, Hello Kitty buffs, and everyone in between.

Back in 2003, I coaxed this pointy-toothed curmudgeon out of his underground cave and have since accompanied him on various adventures around the world. He has gnawed on Slim Jims from a Nebraska gas station and indulged in decadent delights from Parisian patisseries. He has spied kangaroos in the Australian wild and witnessed the changing of the guards in South Korea. He has chilled with chicks in Italy and dodged bulls in Spain.

How did he come to allow me into his inner circle? Easy—I rescued him from what would’ve been a rather invasive investigation conducted by FBI agents Mulder and Scully, whom you might remember from The X-Files.

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On the table | Canon PowerShot A80, 13.6mm, 1/30, f8, ISO 100

We haven’t taken a trip together since 2010 because he’s a busy critter and it’s hard to coordinate our schedules. Hopefully we’ll re-unite soon. Until then, here are some photos from our first two trips to England, when we hit London’s main attractions, enjoyed high tea at Leeds Castle, and explored the mystical landmarks of Salisbury Plain. The first batch of him was shot with my very first digital camera (a compact 1.3-megapixel Fujifilm FinePixA101), the second with my second (Canon PowerShot A80, which had manual functions and a handy flipscreen).

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Big Ben | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/80, f8, ISO 200

domo at westminster bridge

Westminster Bridge | Canon PowerShot A80, 13.6mm, 1/50, f8, ISO 200

domo and dali

Outside the Dali Museum | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/80, f8, ISO 200

domo-national gallery

Trafalgar Square photobomb | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/200, f8, ISO 50

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Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/80, f8, ISO 50

domo-subway

Subway entrance | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/400, f8, ISO 50

tube gallery

Cindy Sherman at Gloucester Road tube station | Fujifilm FinePix A101

mind the gap

Mind the gap | Canon 5D, 32mm, 1/30, f4, ISO 1600

up and down

Escalator | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/20, f8, ISO 1250

domokun on tower bridge

Tower Bridge | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/50, f2.8, ISO 50

view from st. paul's cathedral

View from St. Paul’s Cathedral | Fujifilm FinePix A101

british museum rotunda

British Museum rotunda | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/60, f8, ISO 400

domo and london phonebox

Phoning home | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/50, f8, ISO 100

domo and london ambulance

Ambulance | Canon PowerShot A80, 7.8mm, 1/125, f8, ISO 50

fuschia door

Camden color | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/160, f8, ISO 100

totable pop art on sale

Camden pop art sale | Canon 5D, 73mm, 1/100, f8, ISO 200

open-air donuts

Open-air donuts | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1/13, f8, ISO 100

party time at oxford circus

Party time at Oxford Circus | Canon 5D, 24mm, .6sec, f8, ISO 250

bus pass

Bus pass | Canon 5D, 24mm, 1sec, f8, ISO 200

tea time for domie

Tea at Leeds Castle | Fujifilm FinePix A101

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Stonehenge | Fujifilm FinePix A101

domo with view from glastonbury tor

View from Glastonbury Tor | Fujifilm FinePix A101

cemetery in castle comb

Castle Comb cemetery | Fujifilm FinePix A101

domo in lacock

Lacock | Fujifilm FinePix A101

domo meets super whippy

Ice cream break | Fujifilm FinePix A101

I’ll be sharing photos from our other forays together so please check back soon. [4/15/13: Italian adventures posted here.] And for those of you who can’t get enough of my 1994 KALX playlists, redundant as they’ve been so far, here’s one from 19 years ago on this very day. How did I think Operation Ivy would segue nicely after John Coltrane? And Miles Davis after Pinhead Gunpowder? My mind boggles….

* = feature play
$ = request

3/04/94: FRIDAY 9:30am-12pm

GBH – Race against Time
POISON IDEA – You’re Next
CHANNEL 3 – I’ve Got a Gun
ASTRUD GILBERTO – Girl from Ipanema
COUNT BASIE – Yessir That’s My Baby

* JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN’ UTTERS – Here We Are Nowhere
TOY DOLLS – Razzmatazz
BUMBLESCRUMP – White Out
EATER – I Don’t Need It
JOHN COLTRANE – My One and Only Love
OPERATION IVY – Jaded

* THE RAMONES – 7 and 7 Is
* SCREW 32 – Tools for the Job
THE CLASH – Career Opportunities
THE BUZZCOCKS – Late for the Train

$ SUBURBAN LAWNS – Anything
* BEASTIE BOYS – Egg Raid on Mojo
* TEEN IDLES – Deadhead
* NEW BOMB TURKS – This Place Sucks
HARRY CONNICK, JR. – Joe Avery’s Place

FUZZBOX – XX Sex
THE SLITS – Shoplifting
GRIMPLE – All Grown Up
PINHEAD GUNPOWDER – I Wanna
MILES DAVIS – High Speed Chase

HANSON BROTHERS – Road Pizza
SCREECHING WEASEL – I Don’t Wanna
* TEENGENERATE – Wild Weekend
COPOUT – Blind
MR. T EXPERIENCE – Bridge to Taribithia

NAKED RAYGUN – Jettison
* RHYTHM COLLISION – Cheers
THE REZILLOS – Someone’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In
DEAD MILKMEN – Takin’ Retards to the Zoo
* PHILIP GLASS – Mad Rush

THE DISRUPTERS – Young Offender
THE NE’ERDOWELLS – Food
* FAITH – Face to Face
CIRCLE JERKS – Hypnotizer

SHADOWY MEN ON A SHADOWY PLANET – Fortune Teller Chicken
THE MISFITS – Spinal Remains
DISCHARGE – Two Nuclear Stockpiles
* THE PANDORAS – I Live My Life
THE SURFARIS – Beat ’65

OLD SKULL – Love Is Hell
* AGRESSION – Intense Energy
GORILLA BISCUITS – Forgotten
SECOND STORY WINDOW – Pole to Pole
SURF PUNKS – Wave Spy

EVERREADY – Never Walk Away
* JAWBREAKER – Boxcar
VELVET UNDERGROUND – I’ll Be Your Mirror
$ 2000 D.S. – Higher and Higher
ALL – Gnu Theme

* VILE CHERUBS – Man with a Photograph
BAD BRAINS – Attitude
MINOR THREAT – Screaming at a Wall
THE ADOLESCENTS – I Hate Children

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