Tag Archives: 2012

 ★Hasegawa-san’s RWB Revival ー はせがわさんのRWBの再興です。★

When you think of something to write and you don’t have a pen and paper in front of you sometimes it just doesn’t flow out into a story like it does when you first lay it down in ink.  So for this epic tale I headed over to my local family restaurant Jonathon’s to enjoy some hours of solitude with the drink bar as I furiously shredded some pages with my mechanical pencil.

I enjoy writing but over the past winter holidays I had the pleasure and displeasure of showing a bunch of people around the city of Tokyo that I have called home for about six months now.

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× Car Boy Adventures with CircuitSoul and HighTopFade – Pt. 1 ×

Recently the guys from CircuitSoul visited HTF and I here in Japan.  Our first meeting and adventure started on a fairly overcast rainy day in Tokyo.  Taking a short trip up to Harajuku from my house HTF and I headed out to Chiba where we met up with the CircuitSoul Car Boys.  The long train ride gave us some time to get super excited and when we stepped off the local train the clear skies of Chiba greeted us.  The sun was out and the town had a much more relaxed and quiet atmosphere to it.  We waited around at the station for them to pick us up and headed out.  After walking to “X”‘s house who owns “X” we held a small meeting to plan out day out.  The boys were hungry so an obvious first choice was food.  That didn’t quiet go down as simply as it is said.  Finding a ramen shop took us almost an hour and 6 km of walking.  After eating though, everyone’s cranky moods were eased.

 

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Japanese Alpina 7 Series

On a recent trip with Park and Watanabe-san to the SuperAutobacs near Kashiwa we encountered this stunner.  I’m not as informed as other when it comes to everything BMW but I haven’t seen anything of the Alpina line in America.  It was only the M series that stood out there.  But here in Japan it seems that the M is standard, at least I think Japanese people have a certain mind set where they want to have the best of the best, but who knows.  I occasionally see a 3 series Alpina’s and there is actually a guy that lives near me with a British Racing Green 5 series Alpina so I seem him once in a while.

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☆GX71 Cresta – Ebina parking lot show stopper☆

At Ebina parking lot it might be some what common if you work there since it is a main stop for many traveling back and forth from car events at Fuji Speedway.

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✳AE86 Matsuri – Part 2✳

The AE86 event was at the top of the hill inside a mini theme park with area to hang out and take your family.  Kind of like a fun center but more in touch with nature.  There’s a small hole in the fence if you travel down the road and take a short cut through some small neighborhood.  We got a few odd looks from a few locals.  I bet they were thinking, “Why are two foreigners in this tiny street up on this mountain in the middle of nowhere.”  But it saved us some money when we had walked all the way from the station.

Right as we passed through the fence and walked up there were personnel for the event just a few yards ahead and we just tried to act super natural and walked by.

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☆Up the hill to Sagamiko AE86 Festival – Part 1☆

Continuing on with the story from last week.  Gary dropped me off at Osaki Station and I lagged up the stairs while surfing through aimless apps on my iPhone.  I called up my buddy to see if he was going out and sure enough, he was already in Roppongi.  After basically missing the train to my house, on purpose I decided to head on over to meet up with him.  I caught one of the last trains which happened to terminate one stop before Roppongi so I walked from there all the way to him picking up a cold alcoholic beverage along the way.  The summer heat has faded in Tokyo and I had an enjoyable walk to the crossing where we met up.  In Roppongi we didn’t feel like going into any clubs really so we just idled outside talking to random girls and people watching.  A couple of my other friends were in Roppongi as well and came by to say hi.

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Clear skies and sunny days!

Recently a typhoon passed over Tokyo.  It hit Tokyo around evening and passed throughout the night.  The next morning I scaled a building to take some pictures of the super clear skies.  These were shot just a little south of Shinagawa Station.

Looking outwards into the heart of Japan you can see the mountains.  It’s quite a bummer I couldn’t find a building that had a view of Fuji which is blocked by another building just to the left which is actually out of frame.  That is my newest on going project when I’m not out hunting for cars and people’s epic sleeping positions throughout Tokyo.

Land of the rising sun.  The sunsets and sunrises in Japan are quite often spectacular. It’s a shame everyone is to busy to stop and just watch it once in a while. Beautiful sunrises are starts to a good days.

☆ Welcome to Rauh-Welt Begriff – My first visit – Part 1 ☆

Just as a before hand note: Part 2 is actually after Part 1. I had to post in a weird order so that the way I wrote this post would make logical sense. If you are waiting for part two please scroll down past part 1, you will see it there.

Thanks, Matt.

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Before actually going on this adventure I had been talking to Tomo-san for a while about it. We originally planned to go earlier but the schedules of everyone involved hadn’t intersected at the correct time. Plus on one occasion Nakai-san was out of the country. Definitely not happening then.

Shinji-san, Tomo-san, and I made arrangements a couple of weeks ahead of time and it was totally worth it.
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Odaiba – ☆SE Corolla and Hakosuka☆

Manabu-san, a friend of Park’s was down at the meet.  This was the SE Corolla he frequently drifts.   It’s  pretty well known. Dam it was  loud!

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