Japan has a long and radical history when it comes to skateboarding, and a skate scene that’s worth celebrating and championing. With all eyes on Tokyo this year, Vans wanted to ensure that the rich skate culture and history didn’t get lost in the hype.
“Jeff Grosso wanted this episode to come out during the Olympics,” said Tony Hawk. “Jeff was very opinionated about skateboarding but especially about the Olympics. He wanted this episode to honor the skate scene and the skaters in Japan.”
From highlighting Japan’s pioneering skate legends, to the women’s skate scene and DIY skate spots, this wide ranging episode lives up to Grosso’s hope of celebrating the personalities, places and historical moments that have shaped Japanese skate culture over the years.
Five shorter Love Note episodes will dive deeper into these stories, including pioneers Aki Akiyama and Nishi, “Joy and Sorrow” women’s skate filmer Yuri Murai, Far East Skate Network founder and Japanese skater Takahiro Morita, the Japanese DIY skate spot builders, and a spotlight on Japan’s street skating scene featuring Tokyo legend Shin Okada and the T19 crew. Episodes will drop each Friday over the next month.