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♡Team Fanta + Mobara Circuit ♡

モバラーだよー!

After the adventures of the night before, covered in the recent post Adventures of Carboys Circuit Soul, HighTopFade and I traveled around northern Chiba area in search for cool parts and good times.  While I can’t disclose any of our secret singing sessions just quite yet, the day after we traveled to Mobara Circuit to watch the guys from Sexy Knights and their friends drift.  Alex from CircuitSoul was very busy with all his business stuff and working out plans with the other teams so letting him do his thing I had my own adventure meeting the guys from Team Fanta.  This is really just a small portion of what happened.  The day was so full of great moments and people.  I’m glad I had the chance to meet them and look forward to seeing them drift again.  Team Fanta! Enjoy the content, thanks for reading!

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☆★Ebisu Autumn Drift Festival Day 1★☆

A few hours before my planned departure, my ride called and let me know that tires were taking up too much room.  No room, okay.  “Now what?” I thought to myself.  Well, right after reading that text I rushed out to the living room to inquire with my room mates about the Shinkansen.  I had packed about half of my gear earlier in the morning, so by this point I was just about done.  I figured out where to take the Shinkansen from and headed out the door.  I made sure to grab a few extra pieces of clothing in anticipation of the cold in Fukushima.

Luckily, there is a Bic Camera at one of the stops along the way, so I paused my journey quickly and hurried to the bottom floor to pick up some rolls of film and a new filter.  I saved a bunch of money with my point card, like a boss…and then scrambled back onto the train platform to catch the short jump up to Tokyo Station.

At Tokyo Station I bought a reasonably sized BLT from Beck’s Coffee.  I think the cute girl behind the counter gave me an extra big portion.  Stoked on the meal, I sat in the waiting zone and chowed for 30 minutes until it was time to get on the Hayabusa Shinkansen.  It’s the greenish one with a bubbly looking nose. Side note: Hayabusa means falcon in Japanese.

I took a window seat on the train, even though it was dark, and relaxed a little.  I think it is the possibility that I might see something that attracts me to the window seats.  At the second stop my aisle seat was taken by an older man, who I found out later had a hobby for flying gliders.  He had been to America to fly them and spoke a little English, however, we talked mostly in Japanese.  After what ended up being around two hours, I arrived at Koriyama station.  A new town, and I had plenty of time.  For starters I walked to the nearest convenience store to find a rain overcoat just in case the slight drizzle turned for the worst.

It was around 11:30 a.m., and I spent the next hour and a half wandering around searching for a family restaurant to relax in, or something hospitable.  Turns out Mr. Donuts doesn’t stay open 24 hours, so that was a no go.  I wasn’t expecting my ride to pick me up until four or five in the morning, so becoming a little desperate I turned to a stranger and asked for a recommendation of a place to rest until the early hours of the morning.  The guy I asked turned out to be super cool.  He told me about a place and even offered to walk with me to the place, which turned out to be a massive manga cafe.  He helped me register and we parted our ways.

I slept on the couch in my cubicle until 4:30 a.m..  Larger manga cafes have areas where you can rent a small cubicle with internet and Tv, there usually is a drink bar which you have full access to and thousands upon thousands of manga to choose from.  If you are ballin’ in a budget while traveling in Japan this is definitely one way to get some rest for around 15 bucks per night.  Might not be the most comfortable but enough to get a wink of sleep.  I woke with a slightly kinked neck (as mentioned, not always so comfortable depending on where you go) and headed to get a bite to eat at local 24 hour beef bowl chain restaurant.

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★Minty Fresh Mitsubishi★

This Arizona flavored Mitsubishi Lancer stuck out like a lost tourist in a crowd, I had to check it out!

The paint was certainly flashy but nothing on this car aside from that was crazy.  I liked how the fenders weren’t rolled and the owner opted for tuck instead of perfect fitment like most of the people had.  Simple touches of some hand painted sakura flowers on the rear and the emblem delete made this Mitsu a sleek little number.

So far living in Japan for around 4 months I have only had Arizona twice.  And since this guy didn’t have US military plate I assumed he/she was Japanese.  So the interest in Arizona must have been unique.  I wonder where he gets all of it, maybe a direct import from a distributor or from a friend on one of the bases.

What ever the deal was, he left some bottles out the back of his car which was really tempting.  I was surprised they sat there for the whole duration of my visit.  If it was America I’m sure they would have been taken.  With out a doubt.

*As a side note, I recently found out that the HUB; a British chain Pub in Japan carries Arizona Tea.  Might go stock up on a few one day.

Hope everyone is having a good day/night.

~Matt

☆A taste of HellaFlush Fuji 2012 – Part 1☆

We arrived mid show at Fuji Speedway.  Pulling into the parking lot in a large train of rumbling Porsches turned heads and lots of people walked over from their cars to catch us rolling in.  I felt like a celebrity! Continue reading

☆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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◎The Journey to HellaFlush Fuji – Part 1◎

HellaFlush Fuji weekend was pretty crazy. At least I was okay after the fact. But none the less, the trip to Fuji was a big and I had seen tons of content from the previous year’s event.

A couple nights before HellaFlush Gary text me letting me know his eye had gotten really irritating and was headed to the hospital to get it checked out. He said it was plausible that going to Fuji for him would be canceled. My heart kind of sank at that moment but I soon realized that there wasn’t much I could do this late in the game. It wasn’t as though I had to go. My thirst to explore and meet new people, see new things and have a grand old time, as anyone wishes for was probably the biggest reason that I even considered going.

On Friday night I came home and cooked a simple meal, wasted my life for a little while trolling through Facebook and then wandered into the living room to chat with my house mates. When I finally managed to get to bed, well, because I was so excited sleeping didn’t really happen. I seriously lay in bed just tossing and turning after finishing up preparations of my bag thinking to myself, “Porsche, Porsche, Porsche…”, which wasn’t helping my already terrible sleep schedule.

My autumn break was just getting better every week, and it was about to get better every hour.

It got to the point where I couldn’t sleep at all was wide awake in bed, at that point I just decided to go play some video games for a good hour, I mean who doesn’t love some strategic pwnage at 4 in the morning against a bunch of angry Americans right before you roar off in a Porsche to one of Japan’s biggest car meets.

I got a text from Gary around 5:30 and he let me know he was on his way. I grabbed everything I needed, a few extras and ran out the door.

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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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※A Roll of Film to Recap an Awes☆me Weekend – RWB and AE86 Matsuri※

Something about putting watermarks on film pictures doesn’t sit so well with me.  For the time being I’m not going to be watermarking this post. So if you decid to share, please credit me appropriately, thanks in advance as always.  ~Matt

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Everyone must know the story already, but it not a bad thing to review with repetition, and none the less with awesome film pictures!  When displaying film I really like the aspect of a “roll” of film and thus like to display almost all the images from my rolls of film if possible.  And with that, lets get started!

I’m not quite sure why it takes Bic Camera so dam long to develop my film, aside from a special 630 Million pixel CD for scans, it was nothing out of the ordinary.  Well, here we are a week and a half later with some okay scans of an awesome weekend.

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