https://www.gtbicycles.com/usa_en/goods-gear/bike-parts-components

Re Print: That time Edwin Delarosa got kicked out of Japan

"We drive about five minutes to the hotel. That was the most I saw of Japan... and It was dark, so I couldn't see shit.”

16 Apr 2015

edwin delarosa bmx no entry RD

Words and photos by Rob Dolecki Originally printed in DIG 91 'The Travel Issue' November 2102

Imagine boarding a plane, thrilled to be heading to an exotic distant land, enduring a sixteen-hour flight across one continent and over the largest ocean on the planet, arriving at your destination, only to be turned away entry by immigration officials, involuntarily charged over 700 bucks for a night's stay, and put on a flight the following morning back home? Quite a nightmare of a scenario. Ten years ago, Edwin De La Rosa lived that exact situation: "It was a Props Passport road trip to Japan in 2002. Mark Losey, Stew Johnson, and Chris Arriaga were going out there. George Dossantos and I were on the same flight. I was so excited. It was the first time I'd ever flown somewhere far, going out of the country on a fifteen, sixteen-hour non-stop flight."

https://feverup.com/m/163363

At the time, exiting a plane and then having to deal with nosey immigration officials was a new thing for Edwin; he wasn't seasoned in giving the proper answers to help breeze through: "We were waiting in line to go through immigration. I was real happy to finally get there. My mom gave me a couple hundred bucks to buy a portable DVD player. When we got to the customs agent, he asked us a bunch of questions. This was before I knew that when they ask you what you are there for, you tell them it's just for vacation, not work, for filming for a video. I just knew we got flown out there, but didn't know who was picking us up. They kept asking us who was picking us up, and I told them Stew Johnson. I could hear them announcing his name over the intercom, and it didn't sound anything like Stew Johnson. (Laughter) I told them no disrespect, but I didn't think he could understand; to let me get on the mic." That didn't happen.

Edwin was born in Panama, and has a Panamanian passport. Unfortunately, no one mentioned to Edwin that he should check and see if he's required to get a visa in order to enter Japan: "The other problem was that since I had a Panamanian passport, I needed a visa to visit Japan. I didn't know, and didn't find out I needed one until I actually got to Japan. They took us in the back room and we were there for hours, with a whole bunch of other people who got pulled from the immigration line."

"The other problem was that since I had a Panamanian passport, I needed a visa to visit Japan. I didn't know, and didn't find out I needed one until I actually got to Japan. They took us in the back room and we were there for hours, with a whole bunch of other people who got pulled from the immigration line." - Edwin Delarosa

Things just kept going downhill from there for Ed and George. "They ended up telling us we have to get on the next flight in the morning and go back. George got stuck too, since we were together. Guilty by association. (Laughter) He told us we have to stay in a hotel for $250, plus a fee for a security guard. It totaled over $700. I told him I'm not paying for a room; I'll sleep on the floor, whatever. He flips out, screaming, so I said, 'Fuck it, I'll pay.' So he takes us out a back way through the basement, and into a mini-van with two security guards, like we're criminals or something. We're actually in Japan at this point; we drive about five minutes to the hotel. That was the most I saw of Japan. It was dark, so I couldn't see shit. We get to the hotel, and the third floor is for people who are getting sent out the next day. It's a long hallway with security guards at each door. We go to the end of the hallway to our room. Our security guard is a Mexican dude with a mullet, gold chain, and sunglasses sitting on top of his head. It was funny. There was nothing to do the whole night but watch mad bullshit on TV. The next day we fly back, and we are in the very last row where the seats don't recline. When we finally got off the plane, George actually kissed the floor. He's a funny dude. It was funny the whole time, but it just kind of sucked that I didn't really get to see Japan."

The whole experience understandably left Edwin with some sour feelings towards Japan for some time. But that doesn't mean he'll never take that trans-Pacific flight again: "I was burnt on Japan for a few months, wouldn't even eat sushi. (Laughter) I'm dying to go back. When the Passport video came out, I was like, 'Damn, I could have ridden that spot, could have went there.' It was a hard lesson to learn; I wish it happened when I was going somewhere else, though. Now when I go through airports and immigration at another country, I say I'm going there for vacation, so-and-so is picking me up, this is where I'm staying, etc. It's a funny story to tell people."

Previous

First Look : Tony Malouf's BSD Beverage Frame

BSD quenches your thirst with Tony Malouf's new Water 'Beverage' color way!

Next

Elf's Five Greatest Ever Pranks

Counterfeit shipping notices, V-neck delusions, text impersonations and more...

Related Content

Above Below - NYC Photo Gallery
Above Below - NYC Photo Gallery
Above Below - NYC Photo Gallery
Above Below - NYC Photo Gallery

Above Below - NYC Photo Gallery

Above Below in the Big Apple...

29 Dec 2014
edwin all day bmx grab
Play Button

Video Vault: Animal "All Day" Edwin De La Rosa

Two street classics in one...

1 Oct 2014
Edwin-And-Scerbo-Skapegoat-Zero
Play Button

Edwin And Scerbo - Skapegoat Zero

Raw footage from two east coast legends...

21 Jan 2015
George-Dossantos-2015
Play Button

George Dossantos 2015 Video

NJ street OG George D...

24 Feb 2015
edwin delarosa bmx no entry RD
Play Button

Skapegoat 10

The latest Big $cerbs project now here for your viewing pleasure...

18 Dec 2014
Garrett Reynolds BMX Tales thoughts CM

Tales from the Streets - Garrett Reynolds and the Edwin 'All Day' Rail

The Spot Preservation Society Get to Work in Jersey

21 Oct 2014
http://colonybmx.com.au/products/

Latest Content

Wa1j09b Vb Tohqdefault
Play Button

Wall Abuse - Tariq Haouche - FIT

tires and pegs on all sorts of street terrain

13 Apr 2024
W6xb Db G5av Ahqdefault
Play Button
Connervid V1 Thumbnail 2023
Play Button

DIG LOCALS - CONNOR HAGEN - X-Ray's

Edmonton Canada - Bikes, spots, homies, and a set of pegs

12 Apr 2024
Y Gxf ilsee Yhqdefault
Play Button

Hard Yards 2 - Raw Cut

50 minutes of raw BMX!

12 Apr 2024
N68sl D9 M Zawhqdefault
Play Button

BUSCH HEAVY BOYZ DVD

Nascar, monster trucks, and ride on lawnmowers

11 Apr 2024
Cnl NCJM0f9khqdefault
Play Button

SOURCE BMX: PRODUCT INSIGHT / VANS BMX PEAK

Lewis Mills siggys

10 Apr 2024
G Pny R Kn rp Mhqdefault
Play Button

GT BAR PROMO

Getting a handle on the GT range of bars

10 Apr 2024
Z0 0dm Ka1 U Ihqdefault
Play Button

'PROJECT X' - OUT NOW!

This is Project X - This is BMX

9 Apr 2024
Website project x cover

PROJECT X

This is Project X - This is BMX

9 Apr 2024
O Kj1 Y3 V Za0hqdefault
Play Button

Draven Wheeland | Behind the Scenes

Barcelona and Marrakesh

9 Apr 2024
M3z VL60i0 T Ihqdefault
Play Button

Nathan Seeley

No Plan - Good Plan

9 Apr 2024
L995z B Cv334hqdefault
Play Button

DIG Partner stores

More Dig This

WTP ECLAT JACKAL FRAME FORK 3

PRODUCTIVITY: WTP/ECLAT JACKAL FRAME & FORK

Did someone say titanium?!

13 Apr 2024
435840693 1414960675891844 3313287078063579831 n

PRODUCT DROP: LEWIS MILLS SIGNATURE VANS 'PEAK'

An all new BMX specific shoe from Vans

10 Apr 2024
Thee void leader
Cinema apparel 24 sring
DSCF2930

PRODUCTIVITY - ECLAT 1023 STEM

Designed in Cologne. Made in Kyoto.

31 Jan 2024
Dig2023stack

DIG BOOK #2023

NOW SHIPPING

8 Jan 2024
Wheel mill winter welcome 24 WIDE

EVENT NEWS: The Wheel Mill - Winter Welcome Jam 2024

Shelter from the storm.

19 Dec 2023
TJP WTP 22 6

SETUPS: TYSON JONES-PENI'S 22" CHAOS MACHINE

"I'm not saying the 22" will become the new standard, but it might help some riders stay on a BMX, rather than switching to MTB."

18 Dec 2023
TAMERICA tam roastin BSD 2023 mcgrath 11

The TAMerica Interview

The USA didn't know what was coming!

12 Dec 2023
Wethepeople THE SWAMPMASTER matt black 01 web

PRODUCTIVITY: WETHEPEOPLE SWAMP MASTER

Bouncy BMX Time

11 Dec 2023
Jj book cover crop

PRINT MATTERS: The Dirt in Our Skin

When BMX and literature collide

7 Dec 2023
Sniper Lever Yuma 11

ARE BRAKES COMING BACK?! - THE ECLAT SNIPER LEVER

Read what brakey boy Yuma Oshimo had to say on. the subject.

21 Nov 2023