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Giant Robot Biennale 4 at Japanese American National Museum

December 12, 2015

Sawtelle Japantown’s Giant Robot has a temporary satellite location in Downtown Los Angeles by way of an exhibition called Giant Robot Biennale 4 at the Japanese American National Museum.  Giant Robot store and GR2 Gallery owner Eric Nakamura is the curator and has hand picked artists for the exhibition .  Many of the artists are regulars who exhibit at Eric’s GR2 gallery.

I attended the opening party in October and was impressed by the collection of works. The exhibit has a cool effortless vibe. There is even a replica Giant Robot store which showcases past and present merchandise sold at the Giant Robot store.   This exhibit which is housed on 2 floors goes on through January 24, 2016 and is a must see!

A few of my favorites are below.

The entrance to the first floor exhibit has a dreamy and calming floor and ceiling giant mural piece by Kozydan (The entrance to the first floor exhibit has a dreamy and calming floor and ceiling mural (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com).

The entrance to the first floor exhibit has a dreamy and calming floor and ceiling  mural piece by Kozyndan (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com).

Giant Robot Replica Store

Giant Robot Replica Store (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Spotted Sawtelle Japantown hats

Spotted Sawtelle Japantown hats (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Yoskay Yamamoto

Yoskay Yamamoto (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Welcome Home by Esao Andrews

Welcome Home by Esao Andrews (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Rob Sato

Big Son by Rob Sato (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Bowl Cut by Luke Chueh (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Bowl Cut by Luke Chueh (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Curator Eric Nakamura

Curator Eric Nakamura (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

The Japanese American National Museum is located at:

100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012

 

New Restaurant Love Bake Serving Okonomiyaki

December 12, 2015

Okonomiyaki with Dipping Sauces

Okonomiyaki with Dipping Sauces

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese street food where the ingredients of flour batter, cabbage and other toppings are fried on a  grill.  It’s comfort food in Japan and can be found at Japanese street festivals.

There is a new okonomiyaki place in the Olympic Collection in Sawtelle Japantown called Love Bake next to the UPS store.  They serve both gluten and gluten free okonomiyaki and a customer can add toppings a la carte.  The okonomiyaki comes with 3 dipping sauces:  the traditional sauce, ketchup, and mustard.

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Love Bake is  located at:

11301 W Olympic Blvd, Ste 122, Los Angeles, CA 90064

First Look Inside Osaka Residences (11300 and 11322 La Grange)

December 4, 2015

We first featured the Osaka Residences back in April 2015 when the houses were still in construction phase.   Now they are finally done and SawtelleJapantown.com has the first inside look!  We were only able to take photos of 11322 La Grange as the other residence – 11300 La Grange was still being staged. But the 2 houses are similar in layout and look.  11322 La Grange, however, has a view of the West LA Buddhist Temple and has an outdoor patio area.

Photos of 11322 La Grange:

11322 La Grange

11322 La Grange

Living Room (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Living Room (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Dining Room (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Dining Room (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

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Kitchen (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Kitchen (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Master Bedroom (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Master Bedroom (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Master Bedroom Closet (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Master Bedroom Closet (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Master Bathroom (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Master Bathroom (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Glass Rail Staircase (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Glass Rail Staircase (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Bedroom (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Bedroom (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Bedroom (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Bedroom (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

View from Third Floor (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

View from Third Floor (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

3rd Floor Rooftop Deck

3rd Floor Rooftop Deck

Rooftop Deck (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Rooftop Deck (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Patio (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Patio (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Side Yard (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Side Yard (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

The houses are set to go on market next week with a price tag in the range of $2,100,000 to $2,200,000.

For more photos of the Osaka Residences, go to our Facebook Page for the complete album of photos.

The Osaka Residences are located at 11300 and 11322 La Grange, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Jumbo Pumpkin Pizza (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Jumbo Pumpkin Pizza at Louigi’s

October 31, 2015

Our family’s favorite holiday is Halloween.  Every year we throw a Halloween party and the size of the party has grown year by year.  This year we served pizzas and called upon Sawtelle Japantown business Louigi’s Italian Kitchen to make jumbo sized pizzas shaped like pumpkins.  The pizzas tasted great and were a big hit at the party!

Pizzas were a big hit at the Halloween Party! (photo by Yumiko Fowler)

Pizzas were a big hit at the Halloween Party! (photo by Yumiko Fowler)

All of food ingredients are fresh at Louigi’s.    In addition to pizza, Louigi’s also serves a variety of pastas and sandwiches from their small shop on the north side of Sawtelle Japantown.

Vongole Spaghetti (photo by Louigi's)

Vongole Pasta (photo by Louigi’s)

Sandwiches made fresh (photo by Louigi's)

Sandwiches made fresh (photo by Louigi’s)

Exterior of Louigi's (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Exterior of Louigi’s (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Louigi’s is located at:

1644 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 477-4500

1750 Sawtelle – Camden Town Apartments Inside Peak

October 16, 2015

We recently featured a post on the new developments transforming Sawtelle Japantown with Urbanize.LA .  One of the developments we featured was “Camden Town”, a  15 unit purple and gray luxury apartment building located at 1750 Sawtelle Boulevard.   The apartment is in a prime location with Plan Check and Bar Hayama as restaurant neighbors.

The developers Premier League Inc. allowed us to take a sneak peak of the interior prior to the open house this weekend.   The building has 9 — 1 bedroom units (650-720 SF) and 6 — 2 bedroom units (900-920 SF), all with parking spaces.  Rents range from $2500 to $2800 for 1 bedrooms and $3200 to $3450 for 2 bedrooms.

Check out the photos:

Camden Town 1750 Sawtelle

Camden Town 1750 Sawtelle (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Hallway (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Hallway (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Penhouse View (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Penthouse View (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Kitchen (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Kitchen (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Bathroom (photo by SawelleJapantown.com))

Bathroom (photo by SawelleJapantown.com))

Washing Machine and Dryer Included (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Washing Machine and Dryer Included (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Rooftop Fireplace (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Rooftop Fireplace (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Rooftop Deck Overlooking Sawtelle (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Rooftop Deck Overlooking Sawtelle (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

There are a lot of nice features to the apartments. The penthouse units boasts great views of Sawtelle because the building next to it is a low rise.  My favorite part of the building was the rooftop deck with fireplace.  Seems like a perfect location to hang out with friends and enjoy the Sawtelle scene.

The open house starts this Saturday, October 17th from 1-5 pm and Sunday, October 18th from 1-5 pm.

For more information on Camden Town, you can call the developers Premier League Inc. at 310-479-5555.

Giant Robot Biennale 4 Exhibit at Japanese American National Museum

October 5, 2015

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Sawtelle Japantown’s Giant Robot and GR2 owner Eric Nakamura curates the Biennale 4 Exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum.  The exhibit runs from October 11, 2015 to January 24, 2016 with a kick off party this Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 7pm to 10pm.

For more information on Eric and GR2, check out our prior post here.

The Japanese American National Museum is located at 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

New Developments Transforming Sawtelle

September 22, 2015

The following article was co-authored by Steven Sharp, editor of the Urbanize LA blog.  For more information on the latest Los Angeles urban development projects, visit Urbanize.LA and follow Urbanize LA on twitter @ubranizela.

Traveling north on Sawtelle Boulevard in the Sawtelle Japantown, you may notice a new purple and grey apartment complex and several other lots rife with construction activity.  The majority of these new developments come from Wellesley Manor, a real estate firm whose other holdings in the neighborhood include SoHo Square – a 94-unit mixed-use building built in 2006 – and St. John’s Wood – a 55-unit condominium complex built in 2009.

Wellesley Manor Projects

Wellesley Manor has the following projects in the pipeline for Sawtelle:

Camden Town 1750 Sawtelle

Camden Town 1750 Sawtelle (photo by Steven Sharp)

Camden Town

Camden Town, located at 1750 Sawtelle Boulevard, consists of 15 residential units which shall be rented out as apartments.  Final touches are currently being applied to the four-story structure, which will open to the public soon.

The building was designed by architect Warren Techentin, whose prior work includes the adjacent SoHo Square development at 1700 Sawtelle Boulevard.

Notting Hill Rendering 1900 Sawtelle

Notting Hill Rendering 1900 Sawtelle

Notting Hill Apartments

The Notting Hill Apartments, currently under construction at 1900 Sawtelle Boulevard, will consist of a low-rise edifice featuring 52 residential units.  The building, which is rising on the former site of the Harada Nursery, will include nine live-work apartments on its ground floor and five dwellings reserved for low-income households.

Designs from Newport Beach-based MJS Design Group call for a five-story structure featuring multiple outdoor gathering spaces and a three-level underground garage with parking accommodations for up to 78 vehicles.

Future Site of Regents Park

Future Site of Regents Park (photo by Steven Sharp)

Regents Park

Across the street from the Notting Hill development, a century-old bungalow was recently demolished to make way for Regents Park, a five-story structure which would include 25 residential units, 650 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and a large parking garage.

Like Camden Town, the proposed low-rise building is being designed by architect Warren Techentin.

Other Developement Projects

In addition to various residential complexes from Wellesley Manor, the following projects are currently planned or in development by different entities:

1831 Sawtelle (photo by Steven Sharp)

1831 Sawtelle Boulevard (photo by Steven Sharp)

1831 Sawtelle Boulevard

Construction began earlier this year for a new three-story apartment building at 1831 Sawtelle Boulevard.  According to information from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, the low-rise building will include 30 residential units and a two-level basement garage.

City records list the project’s architect as the Glendale-based firm Uriu & Associates.

Rendering of 1837 Sawtelle Boulevard

Rendering of 1837 Sawtelle Boulevard

1837 Sawtelle Boulevard

Construction permits are currently in the works for another multi-family residential building on an adjacent property at 1837 Sawtelle Boulevard.  The project, which is being designed by architect David Forbes Hibbert, would consist of a four-story building featuring 19 residential units and a below-grade parking garage.  Two units would be reserved for very-low income households.

YMCA Building (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

YMCA Building (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

1947 Sawtelle Rendering

1947 Sawtelle Rendering

1947 Sawtelle Boulevard

The largest project currently planned for the neighborhood is slated for the current home of the Westside Family YMCA at 1947 Sawtelle Boulevard.  The project, which is being developed by California Landmark Group, would consist of 73 residential units and 7,700 square feet of ground-level commercial space.

Designs from Rios Clementi Hale Studios call for a modern five-story structure flanked by cherry blossom trees.  The building’s height would pare down to two-story townhomes as it approaches the adjacent single-family zone to the west.

Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2016.

ソーテルジャパンタウン内のソーテルブルバードを北に走ると紫色と灰色のアパートや他の建造物に
気がつくと思う。これらはほとんどWellesley Manor 不動産によるものだ。同社は他にもSoHo Square
(94軒 多目的物件 2006築)とSt. John Wood〈55軒 コンド 2009年築)を建築。

Wellesley Manorの将来建築予定

Camden Town

1750 Sawtelle Boulevard (15軒 賃貸アパート 4階建)近日中に公開。このビルは建築家Warren Techentin氏による。氏はSoHo Square1700Sawtelle Boulevardもてがけた。

Notting Hill Apartments

1900Sawtelle Boulevard に在る等物件は52軒の低層建造物で前原田植木屋跡地に建ち
一階はlive-workアパートで5軒は低職者用。Newport BeachのMJS Design Groupは5階建て
で外に集会場と地下三階の78台が駐車できる建造物をたてる。

Regent Park

Notting Hill Developementの向かい側のバンガローが壊され5階建て25軒住居650スクエアーフィートの路面店と大型ガレージができる。

Camden Townと同じように申請中の低層建造物は建築家 Warren Techentin氏によりデザインされている。

Wellesley Manorの住宅に加え他社による以下のプロジェクトが現行計画中

1831Sawtelle Boulevard

三階建ての低層住宅で30軒の住居と地下2階の建造が今年の初め竣工した。市の記録では建築家は
グレンデール市のUriu & Associates.

1837Sawtelle Boulevard
家族向けの建築家David Forbes Hibbert氏による4階建て19軒、地下駐車場付物件が現在許可申請中。二軒は低所得者向け。

1947Sawtelle Boulevard

現行計画中近隣の最大ロジェクトはWestside FamilyYMCA跡地だ。California Landmark Group
により開発される73軒の住居と7700スクエアーフィートの路面店舗だ。Rios Clement Haleスタジオによる5階建てで桜が植えられる。建物の高さは隣の家族用一軒家に向け徐々に低くなる。2016年中旬施工開始予定。

 

Facebook Sweepstakes: Gundam Cookies

Omiyage Sweepstakes: Art of Gundam Cookies and Mickey Mouse Rice Paddle

August 1, 2015

My family and I returned from a 3 week vacation in Tokyo.  Although I fully intended to write blog posts in Japan, each day was so busy that I also took a vacation from the blog.  Now I am home and am conducting an “omiyage” (gifts in Japanese) sweepstakes with some goodies that I brought home from Japan.  I will be conducting 2 separate sweepstakes with 2 different prizes: one for Facebook entries and the other for Twitter entries.  Enter both sweepstakes!

Facebook Sweepstakes – Prize: Art of Gundam Cookies and Program

I attended the Art of Gundam exhibit in Tokyo which featured original sketches of Gundam.   I will be giving away a box of Gundam cookles and original program from the exhibit (ARV: $15).

How to enter:

On the Facebook post announcing the Sweepstakes, from August 2, 2015 12PM PST to August 14, 2015 12PM PST, you will need to:

1) follow the Sawtelle Japantown Facebook page

2) like the Sweepstakes post 

3) share the Sweepstakes post

One (1) winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries on or about August 16 and the winner will be notified by Facebook messaging.

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.  Must be US residents over 13 years to enter. Sponsor: SawtelleJapantown.com.  This sweepstakes is not associated with Facebook.

Twitter Sweepstakes: Mickey Mouse Rice Paddle

Twitter Sweepstakes: Mickey Mouse Rice Paddle

Twitter Sweepstakes – Prize: Mickey Mouse Rice Paddle

Found this cute Mickey Mouse Rice Paddle in Tokyo (ARV: $10)

How to enter:

On the Tweet announcing the Sweepstakes, from August 2, 2015 12PM PST to August 14, 2015 12PM PST, you will need to:

1) follow the Sawtelle Japantown Twitter Account @SawtelleJT

2) favorite the Sweepstakes tweet

3) RT the Sweepstakes tweet

One (1) winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries on or about August 16 and the winner will be notified by Twitter direct messaging.

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.  Must be US residents over 13 years  to enter. Sponsor: SawtelleJapantown.com.  This sweepstakes is not associated with Twitter.

Follow Sawtelle Japantown on Twitter @SawtelleJT

Like Sawtelle Japantown of Facebook here.

Tokyo Japanese Outlet / 東京アウトレット

July 1, 2015

Make Up and False Lashes

Make Up and False Lashes

The NY Times has called Sawtelle the “Boulevard of the Rising Sun”  because of the mix of Japanese restaurants, and shops.  But few of the Sawtelle businesses can match the Tokyo Japanese Outlet for bringing you a piece of Japan right in West Los Angeles.  Located in the
Sawtelle Center, the Tokyo Japanese Outlet might be small, but it packs a punch with a plethora of over 4000 Japanese items.  Items range from anime toys, beauty products, candy, cell phone accessories, stuffed animals, unique kitchenware, Japanese gifts and souvenirs, apparel, and much more.   Once inside, it’s really easy to admire all of the merchandise, and quite frankly, shopping at the Tokyo Japanese Outlet is simply irresistible.

Cute Socks

Cute Socks

Some of the coolest items

A few of our favorite items were the Japanese beauty products.  We thought it was some of the best make-up around.  We loved the false eye lashes and Love Drops Mascara.  Also the Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner was fabulous.  Other unique finds were all of the Hello Kitty merchandise, Japanese candy and gum, and the bento boxes.

Hello Kitty Goods

Hello Kitty Goods

The items are tad more expensive than the other tchotchke store Daiso across the street, but still reasonably priced.  If you’re looking for cute and unique gifts for someone or for yourself, Tokyo Japanese Outlet has got you covered.  I just scored some adorable mini fruit shaped erasers for my desk at work.

In future blog posts, we will feature more cool finds from Tokyo Japanese Outlet.

東京アウトレット

ニューヨークタイムス紙がソーテル道りに沢山のレストランや店が混ざり合いどんどん店数も増えつずけ活気が出ている様子を日が昇る(Rising Sun)様な勢いだと表現しました。但しTokyoOutletのように日本の一部をウエストLAへもってきた 感じがするお店は他にありません。ソーテルセンターにあるこの店は小さいが4000以上の活気ある品物が置かれています。

品物は玩具、美容用品、お菓子類、携帯用カバー、動物のぬいぐるみ、ユニークな台所用品、日本的なギフトやおみやげ 衣類等々他にも沢山の品があります。入店すると嬉しい気持ちになり何か買いたくくなります。

クールなおすすめ商品

一押しは美容用品。付けまつげ、Love Drop マスカラ, Dolly Winkリキィドアイライナーで 他に類をみない良い製品だと思います。

ハローキティ商品も沢山ありお菓子やガム、お弁当箱等も揃っています。お値段はダオソーより少し高めですが安心な価格範囲だと思います。

お友達に可愛いギフトをお探しならTokyo Outlet tはぴったりなお店です。私もフルーツの形をした可愛い消しゴムを仕事の机用に買ってしまいました。

Tokyo Japanese Outlet is located at:

2109 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Ramen with Skid Row’s Scotti Hill / スキッドローの スコットィ ヒル氏

June 25, 2015

Skid Row Guitarist Scotti Hill

Skid Row Guitarist Scotti Hill

Outside of Tatsu Ramen

Outside of Tatsu Ramen

Ramen with Scotti Hill

As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the things that I like most about starting this blog is having a Twitter account for Sawtelle Japantown. I’ve met the most interesting people on Twitter who are fans of the Sawtelle Japantown area. One such Twitter follower is guitarist Scotti Hill from the heavy metal band Skid Row, a band whose songs bring back memories from my high school days (ie belting out “I Remember You” in the car with friends).

A few weeks ago, I had direct messaged Scotti to thank him for the Twitter follow and mentioned that I was a fan of Skid Row. After some back and forth exchanges, it came to light that our children currently attend the same preschool. What are the chances? And how random? In any case, I talked to Scotti the other day over a bowl of Tatsu ramen. . .

Aside from a short hiatus in 1996 when grunge music was in and heavy metal music was out. Scotti has played with Skid Row for the last 29 years. Scotti is one of 3 original members of Skid Row and they continue to tour all over the world as either a featured act or with a group of other metal bands. I told Scotti that he is lucky to be able to pursue his passion for music as a job, and he agreed, but he told me that it is a difficult lifestyle for a father of a young son to be
away touring for weeks at a time.

Scotti loves Japan and the Japanese culture. In fact, during longer breaks on tour, he and his family live in Japan for 1 to 2 months out of the year He likes being a regular “gaijin” in Japan and he can be seen hanging out in front of the local convenience store drinking a beer. Being an active member of Skid Row requires him to live in the United States, however, when he retires from Skid Row down the line, Scotti would like to live permanently in Japan.

There is a lot of travel and down time being on tour and Scotti brushes up on his Japanese hiragana and katakana via iPhone apps. He sometimes tweets in Japanese.

Scotti and his family frequent many places in Sawtelle Japantown. including Manpuku, Seoul Sausage and Bar Hayama to name a few. It was Scotti’s first time trying Tatsu and he gave Tatsu’s ramen a thumbs up. If you are wondering what Scotti ordered at Tatsu, he had the bold ramen. As a side note, Scotti has an interesting way of eating ramen where he puts the ramen noodles in the spoon and wraps the noodles on his chopsticks – like spaghetti style.

Bold Ramen

Bold Ramen (photo by Malcolm Johnson)

Scotti Hill Eating Ramen Spaghetti Style

Scotti Hill Eating Ramen Spaghetti Style

I enjoyed my lunch conversation with Scotti and look forward to bumping into him in Sawtelle Japantown or at my child’s preschool.

Skid Row is currently touring and their tour schedule can be found on their website at SkidRow.com,

スコットィヒル氏

前にも書いがソーテルジャパンタウンのブログを初めて一番好きな ことはソーテルジャパンタウン周辺のフアンの興味深い人々に 会うことだ。ヘビーメタルバンドスキッドローのギターリスト スコットィヒル氏もその一人だ。彼らのヒット曲(車で友達と聞いた ”I Remember You”)は高校時代を思い出させる。

数週間前スコッティにツイッターフォローのお礼をしスキッドローの ファンである事を伝えた折りに会話の中から子供たちが同じ プリスクールに行っている事が判明した。そんなわけで彼とたつラーメンをいただきながらお話を聞いた。

1996年グランジミュージックがはやった時の一時期を除いてスキッドローとして29年間演奏をつずけている。彼は3人のスキッドローオリジナルメンバーの一人で 今も世界中で演奏活動を単独又は他のグループと共に行っている。

彼は自分のパッシオンを仕事に出来ることは幸せに思っている 一方小さな子を持つ親としては数週間一度に家を開ける ライフスタイルは難しい面もあるそうだ。

氏は日本と日本文化が大好きで長く休みが取れる時には家族と共に1,2か月日本に滞在する。彼は不通の”外人“に日本でなっている事が好きでコンビニ店前でビールを飲む姿も見られるそうだ。スキッドローのメンバーとしてはアメリカに 住まなくてはならないが 将来リタイア後は日本に永住したい希望がある。。

公演旅行中の時間の有る時にはiPhoneのアプリを使いひらがなやカタカナを練習し日本語に磨きをかけている。たまに日本語でツイッターも書く。

スコッティ一家はよくソーテルジャパンタウンのレストランまんぷく、ソウルソーセージ、バーハヤマ等々他にも沢山出かけるそうだ。

彼にとってたつラーメンは初めてだが気に入った。ボールドラーメンが彼の注文だった。彼は麺をスプーンとはしでクルクルしスパゲティのように面白い食し方をした。

昼食時の会話は楽しいひと時となった。ソーテルジャパンタウンや子供たちのプリスクールでの又の出会いがあるだろう。

スキッドローは現在公演旅行中でスケジュールは下記。SkidRow.com,