Save Tokyo Damage Report

Tokyo Damage
Report
is one of the best and most well-known weblogs published from Tokyo&#160– written up in Boing Boing and in countless other places. But it’s now at serious risk of coming to an end. Find out why and find out how you might be able to help save it.

About Tokyo Damage Report
How you can help

About Tokyo Damage Report

Tokyo Damage
Report
has been self-described this way:

This page is about interesting (meaning, fucked up) things that one can do in Tokyo. punk, visual, cosplay, s/m, gothic, street trends, capsule hotels, bizarre magazines, random subcultures, and bad Engrish. . . . .also it is about tokyo’s urban legends: square watermelons, Sanrio condoms, politically incorrect vending machines, etc.

Another part of the site describes certain pages this way:

These pages are ‘safe for work’ . . . provided that you work as a pornographer

In short, it covers some unusual things. Things that certain types of people might find disturbing. And a few things that, well, actually just about anybody would find plain disturbing. If you are prudish or easily offended or consider yourself politically correct, it is not the site for you.

On the other hand, if you’re interested in the freakier aspects of Japanese pop culture (to use the word culture in its broadest possible sense), you’ll find plenty to keep you interested at TDG. In fact, on your first visit, it may all seem overwhelming. Though it does have a Google-powered search form to help,
TDR’s idiosyncratic site design can make trying to navigate through it a bit of a disorienting experience. But time spent on a journey through it will pay off bigtime Here are just a handful of examples of what you’ll come across there:

What really makes the site unique is not just the massive amount of weirdness gathered there, but the commentary about it all from the guy who maintains the site. For example, the following:

apparently for some guys, not only is it too difficult to have sex with living human females, it’s ALSO TOO DIFFICULT TO SCORE WITH THEM IN X-RATED VIDEOGAMES TOO

And here’s a comment about a visit to a cosplay hostess club:

I would heartily reccomend this club to guys who find that blind dates are not awkward or expensive enough, end in sex too often, and do not generally have enough lasers

How you can help

Tokyo Damage Report is the product of the mind of one person: Steven Schultz.. He found all the bizarre stuff assembled there, took most of the photos, scanned in all the weird magazines, and wrote every word of the smartass commentary on it all.

Well, unfortunately, it seems that after coming back from a trip abroad a while back, he was informed by the Immigration authorities that he can no longer legally stay in Japan unless he gets an official visa of some kind&#160– work, student, cultural, whatever. (He had been going back and forth on a tourist visa).

And despite spending most of his time over the last few weeks
urgently trying to make arrangements for a way to get permission to stay here in Japan, he
has not yet found a way. He hasn’t yet been able to land a job that provides a work
visa, and not been able to arrange for a visa of any other kind.
And he’s now at quite serious risk of being forced to leave the
country. In fact, unless some miracle of God happens, it appears
he’ll have to leave by January 24th, and not be able to come back,
ever, unless/until he gets something other than a tourist
visa.

He has a running log about the experience at his site.

So, if you’re reading this and you happen to be in the position
of being able to help arrange something that might provide him
with a proper visa – say, employment that would come with a
work visa – or if you have even a remote idea of someone
else who might be, please contact him.

His e-mail address is on the Tokyo Damage
Report
front page (the right-hand side of the page, in
Japanese). There’s another address that he also checks, which is
near the
bottom of the site-map page
for the site.

If you can help, contact him. Soon. Because if Steven goes, Tokyo Damage Report
goes with him, and we will have lost something impossible to replace,

4 Comments so far

  1. AT (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 4:50 pm

    Schultz doesn’t deserve a sponsor. Tokyo Damage Report does.
    From what Schultz writes about himself, who would hire him? He’s dug himself a large hole by choosing to be (or portraying himself as) some weird messed-up hippy, thus rendering himself largely unemployable. Sure it’s funny, but you laugh half in pity for the author.
    On the other hand, Schultz has written and photographed some great original content. I’d like to see him continue to create more. If only he could see through his own drugged and drunken haze.


  2. Michael(tm) Smith (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

    AT wrote:

    Sure it’s funny, but you laugh half in pity for the author.

    No, you might. But I don’t. And I don’t think most other readers do either.

    And where do you get “hippy” from? I don’t see any peace signs or stuff about flower power on the site. Or “jam band” reviews.

    Hey, wait, I bet you’re Herb Caen? C’mon, no need to post anonymously, Herb. We know who you are. But the 60s ended more than 30 years ago, man. Hippies are scare now. And most of them don’t run websites that cover stuff like X-rated Ultraman videos.


  3. AT (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    Point taken re. my remark. If you admire the man, so be it. I used ‘hippy’ in its pejorative sense, not to indicate that Schultz is a Flower Power advocate. And yup, I could be Herb Caen, except that he’s dead.
    So has the guy gotten himself a job yet? Would appreciate any updates.


  4. Michael(tm) Smith (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    AT,

    His visa situation has not changed. I guess he’s at to point now of preparing to get all his stuff packed up to move.

    Also, not to spoil his mystique or anything, but just to let you know, Steven in person is a bit different from what you might expect from reading stuff at his site. He’s actually a relatively normal looking regular citizen. Except perhaps for the Hello Kitty bag.



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