Feature: A Museum Unlike Any Other (Part 2: Cars)

27th January 2015

Having looked around the Toy part of the museum, it was time to explore the classic cars of the Yokota Collection. Masahiro Yokota has collected and meticulously restored some of Japan’s most iconic cars. Spread over three floors, they range from the modest to the marvelous. We start on the lowest of the three floors and are immediately introduced to some of the weird and wonderful cars that kickstarted the…

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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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Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty Five

8th June 2014

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

6th June 2014

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

5th June 2014

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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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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