A few months ago, when I was stuck at home with both food poisoning and an injured ankle and knee, my friend Erek visited with home-made applesauce and a get-well goomba (like a get-well bear but you know, awesomer). I had been searching for a giant goomba for nearly a year, everywhere from ebay to my favorite Nakano and Akihabara specialty stores. I had been searching for a goomba because goombas seem so… stompable, and I’ve always wanted to try stomping on a goomba myself. I had pretty much given up and was contemplating making one by hand from felt.
So, now that I’ve tried it, are goombas actually stompable? Yes, very much so! I have plans to photograph my friends stomping on a goomba at each of their favorite places in Tokyo– a Tokyo-wide goomba stomping fest!
I have maybe more than one favorite place in Tokyo but I knew exactly where I wanted to stomp on a goomba– in front of a very Mario-esque mural in Nakano. I tried to vaguely dress the part too, without being costume-y.
So, hopefully there will be more of these! And since it’s sort of a street snap (FRUITS, dropsnap.jp, etc.) parody, next time there will be less talking and just this:
Dress: Urban Outfitters
Favorite Mario Character: Toad
(Photos by Erek. More pictures and outtakes here. )
And I’ll leave you with this gypsy-jazz Mario music: