Photo: Honda NSX at Daikoku Futo

1st November 2014

This awesome Honda NSX was shot on my first trip to Japan back in 2006. I met up with Dino (from a time before he worked on Speedhunters) and a few other Skyline owners and cruised down to Daikoku (Daikoku Futo Parking Area) between Tokyo and Yokohama. Without a tripod or any kind of camera skill, I took a photo of this lonely looking NA1 NSX. It was parked at…

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Japan, June 2014: Home

14th June 2014

I thought I should provide some conclusion now we’ve arrived back in the UK. Absolutely knackered and in need of another holiday, hopefully we’ve showed that Japan is way more than just Tokyo and Kyoto; and maybe inspired people to venture out of the usual tourist spots. We basically spent the last couple of days shopping and filling our suitcases with toys. Accepting that we’ll be returning next year, we…

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Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty Seven

10th June 2014

With all the major Tokyo guidebook-filling landmarks still to see in our last few days, we jumped on the subway and headed as far away from the city centre as we could by metro. After visiting Universal Studios in Osaka, we couldn’t leave Japan without also visiting Disneyland Tokyo. Still suffering with a bit of vertigo exacerbated by last nights cruise, a theme park seemed like a good way to…

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Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty Six

9th June 2014

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

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, May 2014: Day Seven

20th May 2014

Stay in a capsule hotel they said… It’ll be fun they said… No. Capsule hotels are hot, smelly and awful if you are carrying anything bigger than a purse. Don’t get me wrong, the capsule itself was clean, comfortable and surprisingly spacious – even for a fat westerner cuddled up against his suitcase. It was just the lack of air con, the overpowering smell of feet and the noise of…

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Japan, May 2014: Day Three

15th May 2014

This will be a short one tonight. Jet lag and walking over 20 miles in the last three days means that we are in bed by 11pm. Today we visited Shibuya and the surrounding area. Shibuya is┬áJapan. Every time Japan is referenced on TV or in movies, the first image you will see is Shibuya crossing. The dramatic scene of an uncountable number of people streaming over pedestrian crossings that…

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Japan, May 2014: Day Two

14th May 2014

Despite not sleeping for 30+hrs, our body clocks decided that 3hrs was plenty of time to recharge and that we should definitely get up to see a Tokyo sunrise. After wandering around our (surprisingly active for 4:30am) neighbourhood, we noted a few things. Firstly, the Japanese know how to party. It’s Wednesday morning, after a school night no less, and many are stumbling out of bars and restaurants as we’re…

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Japan, May 2014: Day One

13th May 2014

Seven days ago, it was touch and go whether either of us would be fit enough to fly; however, we battled on and took a lot of (mostly prescribed) drugs to get here! So, after a week of drama, hospital visits and doctors appointments, we’ve finally landed in Tokyo! With our body clock screaming 1AM, we wandered around the building site of Narita’s Terminal One in search of the elusive…

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