Construction of Grandma's Dojo

The dream of Grandma's Dojo began sometime in high school when I got my hands on my first cheap four-track cassette recorder and a love affair with recording began.  But plans to construct a studio did not enter my mind until nearly a decade later, when I lived with my grandmother and became close to her.  Observing her strength, ingenuity, inquisitiveness, perseverance, and sense of humor gave me the resolve to begin my own journey--and because she taught me so much it only seemed natural to name the studio "Grandma's Dojo."  After several years of research and planning, the main bulk of construction occurred between spring 2009 and spring 2010.  This could not have been accomplished if it weren't for the amazing support of family, friends, and fellow musicians.  Special thanks goes to Tim McManus, Jens Kuross, Justin Deming, Gary Fukushima, Virginia Tokudomi, Sharon Senzaki, and of course my grandmother, Grace Megumi Okumoto.  Below are some snapshots from the build. Link to view slideshow on Flickr (where you can read photo descriptions) here.


Building the Grandma's Dojo Sign

Ever since I was a kid I loved the bulb signs that adorned the old-school mom & pop shops in my SF neighborhood--they added a charm and sparkle to the bustling evening boulevard. I decided a miniature old-fashioned bulb sign was just what the Dojo needed. I just had to figure out how to build one. Link to view slideshow on Flickr (where you can read photo descriptions) here.