Feature: Initial D Arcade Stage 4 Limited

22nd January 2015

Ok, it’s an Initial D post and if you’re not a fan, then don’t worry – you’re probably here because you like either; A) Japan, B) Cars or C) Cool Shit; and you can see the photos – so you already know this is going to be awesome.   Initial D Arcade Stage games have been a ‘thing’ in Japan since around 2001. Rarely seen outside of Japanese waters, you will…

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Caught by the Fuzz

4th June 2014

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

4th June 2014

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

4th June 2014

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

3rd June 2014

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

3rd June 2014

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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