STORY Oct 9, 2015
I had always wanted to go to Seattle.
Not for Starbucks or Microsoft but for Archie McPhee.
This is where I purchase my Pigeon Masks.
I always buy it online but I had always wanted to go to the physical store.
This month my dream finally came true. I got to visit Pigeon Mask's hometown.
What is Archie McPhee?
Located in Seattle, Archie McPhee is a general store, which makes and sells strange items that may not be called "miscellaneous goods."
Its official site with nothing but funny goods, which are all original.
I learned about their Pigeon Mask in early 2013. Since I bought it, I have gradually turned into a pigeon as I appeared wearing the Mask on Google Street Google View and hosted an event called Pigeon Night.
So I have to report to the store that I have turned into a wonderful pigeon.
Seattle is 9.5 hours from Tokyo
After hosting the bill bath event in San Francisco, I headed for Seattle skipping visits to local IT companies etc.
Taking bus from downtown Seattle to Archie McPhee.
About 20 minutes by bus. I found the store which I had seen so many times on Street View.
To psych me up I put on the strangest t-shirt I could find in my wardrobe.
This is the home of Pigeon Mask. There was even a painting of Pigeon Mask on the wall. This is my home even though I have never been here before.
There is no place more fitting to wear Pigeon Mask than here. I would draw attention no matter where I wear it, but it's just expected here. I tremble with excitement as I find myself in the place of destiny (I'll tremble more again later)
I was welcomed
I decided to go inside
There I found...
Welcome Hayashi Yuji!!!
There is a welcome board.
I had informed them of my upcoming visit beforehand through Facebook. Even so, I was surprised to be welcomed this way.
Delighted. I'm a bit worried that if my smile ever reveals my delight.
Judging from the photo, I was not able to contain my joy
Me with brown eyes
This painting of me wearing a turban was based on a photo taken as a jest after drinking beer at home at night. The skull on my forehead was my wife's broach.
I had never imagined to see this in Seattle, beyond the Pacific Ocean.
David, who emailed me back
David, who gave me a heartfelt welcome, said he had read articles on Street View and Pigeon Night through Google translate. He doesn't understand them well, but he reads them anyway (I think that's what he said).
As souvenirs I gave him a YouTube clear file and fake bills with my own portrait. Then I showed him the photos from the bill bath event, explaining to him that people had bathed in them in San Francisco.
I attempt to tell him what I did in San Francisco, more or less.
When David saw the photos of the bill bath, he said he also had it. Really? Then he showed me a bathtub on display at the store.
It has many tentacles. At times small hands (both are toys you wear on your fingers)
What is this? I have never seen such a tub - probably it's the only one in the world.
A tub with bills works as a parody of the filthy rich, but one with octopus tentacles has no reason besides being funny. It's a genius. This is a great store, after all.
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