57: Mic,mic,mic (Mansaku, Oya)

Our factory manager, who has been under self keeping at home for over two weeks, is our guest to talk about France, Italy and coronaviruses. The listeners is sending a lot of questions about his isolation. It became a chilling. The most funny part of the story is when Mansaku sells Tokyo Powder at a local outdoor shop.

Until the lock down comes, We’re going to work hard at making powder.

56: For forearm muscles (Shuhei Yuki)

We take Kona radio with YukiShuhei who is the paraclimbing representative from Japan, Talk with Oya and Hakase. Starting with the COVID-19, Selection of Paraclimbing Japan National Team, Categorization, and how to spend time in the gym, etc.

You can find videos that he practice at MABOO on his Instagram. If he achieve 1000 followers, he is going to bungee jump with our factory manager.
https://www.instagram.com/shuheiyuki/


(毎日新聞)

55: Great Metolius Blue Ribbon (Nerome)

Episode 55 with Nerome who is a local climber in Yamanashi. I was getting that request to talk about climbing holds, so We talked about Hold while reading letters from the Grappa question box.
And then, bottle reuse, health, fail 2020, closed areas, movies and Si-Fi.
Thank you for the grappa customers who always give me a hot letter.

(This time, the beginning and ending talk with Mansaku and Oya is closed. Mansaku is going to climb to Spain.)

Grappa Bouldering Gym
https://www.grappa-bouldering.jp

Grappa Bouldering Gym
https://www.grappa-bouldering.jp

54: VXi for Beginner (SIN)

Kona Radio with @SIN510 from Unpallarel.
We talked about massages from listeners. The theme is “What is the most memorable things in your climbing life”.
We were optimistic to hear them. Thank you for giving us these great messages.

53: 2019 final episode with (Mansaku, Oya)

2019 final episode with Mansaku and Oya.
We read many interesting messages from listeners.

Today is Christmas day. Did Santa come to your house?

It is a valuable day for children to receive a gift unconditionally.
Although I (Mitsuo) has a skepticism of it, but I decided to give a present as a little compromise when my child was young.

However, when I buy wrapping paper, wrap the gift box myself and put a ribbon, it feels like my heart is warming.
And… I feel something when I took this home and prepared it for the next morning.
I noticed it. Christmas is not an event for those who receive gifts, but an event for those who give them.

Anyway, Thank you so much everyone. Happy holidays! – Mitsuo

Support for affected climbers by Hagibis typhoon

Fortunately, Tokyo Powder headquarter and employee’s houses did not suffer major damage, but we also heard stories about the collapse of the bridge in climbing area, some climbing gyms flooded.

We will support.

Providing products free of charge to gyms, climbers, and groups that have been damaged by floods and submersion and blackout.
It does not matter if the store has no business with us. You can feel free to contact me, If it like “Yey, I’m lucky.” Please feel free to contact us.

We have a limited amount of things we can do, but we would like to support with you. Please let us know if there is anything that we can provide, not only chalk.

wholesale@tokyopowder.com / 042-507-9010
Facebook、Twitter、Instagram
(Mitsuo)

Route Setting: #1 Think Deeply

This is Mitsuo Yamamoto, route setter myself and founder of Tokyo Powder.
I put up my first hold in a commercial gym 13 years ago, and I’m fortunate to have gained a lot of experience through setting. With my advancement as a setter, I helped to conduct courses, and in order to give better explanation and guidance, I compiled the details of setting into sentences and documents so that I could systematically re-examine my knowledge and thoughts.


Climbing skills, route setting skills, words and common expressions used in discussions, quality of problems or lines, the effect of it, setting environment, training environment, organization – these are all part and parcel of route setting. These elements can’t be measured numerically, so I don’t have a scale at which it can be judged or evaluated in that manner. But, I would like to share my experience and knowledge with as many people as possible to help route setters grow.

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