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Welcome to Pushing Japan
A skate adventure slash culture exploration through the hinterlands and hidden hotspots of this fascinating nation. Hop on board and let's go.
About Pushing Pictures
Pushing Japan is a Longboard video documentary series of a long distance skate adventure taking place in Japan, featuring stories from the road as well as a closer look at the culture, history and people of this great asian nation.
The route covered in several chapters goes from the northest part of the main island Honshu down to Shikoku, the smallest of the main islands. Of course, the exciting major cities like Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Tokyo are all going to be covered. Next to big cities, lots of time will be spent skateboarding distant country roads, up some mountains, through large forests boasting with beautiful autumn foliage, along the coast lines, and through remote valleys and tiny villages.
The road trip took 6 weeks to complete. Naturally, with so many sights to cover, not every travelled kilometer took place on a skateboard. Roughly estimated, around 1000km were skated however.
The guy on board and behind the series has been keenly interested in everything japanese. This passion started with Manga, Anime and Movies, but seen extended to wider range of cultural topics and backgrounds, all in favor to wrap the head around this highly complex society. That's the story of me then. Call me Nout. Rest assured, this is not going to be an ego trip. I just want to share an adventure story spiced with cultural insights. On a rolling plank of wood.
It's Nout. Or Nouter... or El Nouterino, if you're not into those brevity things.
Seriously, people just call me by my nickname Nout.
I started skateboarding at around the age of 13, back home in some rural outlet in the outskirts of Bavaria, Germany. Luckily, the next collection of houses (just about worthy of the title "city") was only a few kilometers away, hosting a proper skatepark. That's where me and my friends spent most of our teenage years - next to the livingroom in front of a playstation, of course.
Videogames were an important factor in my upbringing indeed, as some role playing games introduced me to Manga and other sorts of japanese pop items. I got hooked on that country, its history, language and culture. Japan as a whole just implemented itself into my life, and there was not much I could do about it. Actually, I still can't get enough of it. There's so many contradictions! Just when you think you figured something out that renders some sense into this country, rest assured: Every bright moment brings an aftermath of more confusion.
Thanks to my skateboard years, I got introduced to filming as well. Every skate crew needs a guy to hold the camera, right? I also enjoyed editing, trying to mimik my heroes in style and visual storytelling - heroes like Fred Mortagne ("Menikmati", "Sorry" and a bunch of unbelievably cool shorts), the guys beind the 411 Video Magazine, or that guy who edited my favorite skatevideo, "Propaganda" by Powell Skateboards.
Anyway, Skateboarding never left me, Japan never left me, and film making also stayed in place. This project is what you get when you combine these little hobbies.