From Moshi Moshi
811 E Burnside
Billy owns a hotspot for Japanese toys and apparel, plus Billy Galaxy's Vintage Toys. He knows Japan, and here are his Japanese favorites:
• Ninjas: "Possibly the most dangerous mammal in the world. Moshi Moshi is having an art show featuring them in February."
• Kappa: "Cryptozoological water sprite that can be helpful to farmers, but also enjoys eating people's livers after tearing them out through their anuses."
• Japanese vending machines: "These are everywhere, and contain anything from coffee to whiskey to used panties!"
• Pachinko: "There are huge pachinko parlors all over Japan. The whole thing is rather confusing and you can win or lose a lot of money really fast."
• Shigeru Mizuki: "Amazing WWII Japanese artist who lost an arm and decided that the only worthwhile thing that he could do with one arm was to draw."
From Powell's Books
1005 W Burnside
Caitlin loves bowling, beer, and of course, books. Here are some of her favorite authors:
• Charles de Lint: "Fairy tales for grownups. The writing kind of surrounds you and makes you feel anywhere from warm and fuzzy to scared out of your pants."
• Charlaine Harris: "She writes the Southern Vampire series and has a new novel called Grave Sight. She brings a new twist to vampires, and her characters are amazingly real, funny, and honestly the kind of people I'd like to meet."
• George R.R. Martin: "He just came out with A Feast for Crows. There are dragons, magic, swordplay, and epic battles."
• Laurell K. Hamilton: "One of the most inventive writers I can think of. She has a modern twist on monsters we grew up with."
• Neil Gaiman: "I started reading his Sandman graphic novels and have been hooked ever since. He recreates old myths, weaving cultures together."