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Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty Six

With the rainy season in full swing and sporting new umbrellas, we headed out for our first proper shopping trip of this holiday. Our destination, Akihabara, is synonymous with electronic goods and crazy toys – so this was going to be a long day. Akihabara station has two main exits; one to Electric Town (the hub of the techy stores) and the other to Yodobashi Camera’s flagship store… which is…

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Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty Five

It’s been a couple of days since I last wrote, I’ve been feeling rough and looking worse thanks to a couple of insect bites. We reluctantly left Gunma and headed down the expressway in our little 86 for the last time. There’s something that been bugging me about the car and until Emma mentioned something about it’s appearance, everything fell into place. A lot has been written about it’s lack…

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Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty Three

So today marked the start of the rainy season in Japan. Every June it pours, and pours, and pours… We don’t expect to see the sun again on this trip, so we will be mostly shopping. Yay! The most obvious thing to do would have been to find somewhere indoorsy to explore – like a toy and car museum – instead we opted to drive up another of Gunma’s mountains….

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Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty Two

We planned to visit the Onsen resort town of Ikaho, at the foot of Mt. Haruna; however, with the rain beginning to fall, we made a last minute decision to head towards something based indoors. As we drove through Shibukawa, I spotted a VIP style Nissan Cima parked in a gravel car park and had to pull in to take some photos. Whilst I was doing this, the most bizarre…

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Caught by the Fuzz

I’ve never been stopped by the police in the UK, but if I do, I know it will never be as stressful, nerve wracking or as fun as being pulled by the Japanese Police. Two short, chunky and extremely nice chaps checked over my paperwork and waited to wave us off on our way… Which was really awkward as the car park we pulled into was actually where we were heading….

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Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty One

When you’re staying between two awesome mountains (Haruna and Akagi) and have an 86 to play with, we had no option than to make the most of today by heading to a petting zoo. Ikaho Green Bokujō is a large farm centre that is geared up for kids – perfect for us then. They also produce their own dairy products here, so the food is amazing. With goats and sheep…

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Attack on Akina

If, like me, you are a bit of an Initial D fan; then you will be pleased to know that despite the government’s best efforts to slow down the traffic (there are huge bumps along the straights between the collection of  hairpins at the base), racers still attack the mountain – and attack it hard. The road is scarred with drift marks and bent barriers. I’ve seen a couple of cars (RX8…

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Photo: AE86 at Akina

If you’ve read my About page, you’ll know all how this image came into existence. There’s nothing more Initial D than the sign of an AE86 leaving the parking area to attack the corners of Mt. Akina (or Haruna if you live in the real world)… if only I had gotten him to deliver the ring too.  

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Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty

I can honestly say today has been my favourite day of the trip. Waking on time and with a spring in my step, Emma and I navigated the busiest station in the world – at rush hour – and took the Chuo line out of the city. Our destination was Kokubunji; a small, sleepy suburb to the far west of the city. I am pretty sure nobody has ever visited…

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