DAY 11

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To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
-Buddha

Day 7

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A week in. Thanks to those who have been checking daily. Keep sharing and spreading the pics.. Were gonna pick up another 5 soon for 2013.

Everyone be safe out there on the roads.

Off to Visit Kawagoe 川越市

On our last day in Japan. Our friend Amanda decided to take us for a trip to Kawagoe. Kawagoe with a population of around 343,926 as of July 2011, is located in the Saitama Prefecture, With only a ‘quick’ train from Tokyo station to Honkawagoe Station it didnt seem to take too long, and we were even handed some fried chicken for the trip thanks to Amanda :) (Good tour guide!)

Kawagoe is a famous town known for its edo period remaining buildings. The Bell tower still stands and for whats left, museums are on hand to display the history of the old Samurai town.

The city is known locally as “Little Edo”(小江戸, Koedo) after the old name for Tokyo, “Edo”. Kawagoe castle was the headquarters of the Kawagoe Domain and occupied by close aides of the Tokugawa shogunate. Most of the buildings were dismantled in the 1870s but some remained or were relocated.

Before it was merged with Saitama Prefecture in 1873, it was the capital of Kawagoe Prefecture (1871) then Iruma Prefecture (1871–1873). (Click below for more!)

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Iv been back

Ahh Japan. That good old Asian island on the ring of fire. Where the sun sets red, the cars tear up the touge and girls wear shorter shorts than Soph.. well, almost ;)  I think by now, most people have sorted tuned out of the fruit blog and in on the Minty.Fresh blog. Its true, most of the blogging time has been towards noonefresher. For good reasons though. Just to clear the confusion, Mintofruit is my own personal site, and No One Fresher is the group of us, where we all post shit. So its always wise to subscribe to both and that way.. when Iv got something worth posting about, you’ll know.

ANYWAY. Several members of Minty.Fresh including myself headed over to Japan for the Summer Matsuri held at Ebisu, in Nihonmastu. With a MASSIVE thanks to Andy and Emily from Powervehicles, I would first off like to wish them all the best with their wedding and the fun times to be had. Im almost certain, we’ll see you again though :)

This post however is just some photos from Yokohama. Mainly because trying to find time to edit photos, well.. there’s not much of it.

Check back often though – I’ll get through them and type up a report on the Summer Matsuri and the rest of our adventures in Japan.

Ahh good old Japan!

-Mata Ne

Ganbatte Nihon….

As most of us know by now Japan has been struck by a monumental earthquake.. hitting levels of 8.8; which in turn struck a tsunami of epic proportions. With reports coming in at between 2-300 people dead, a missing boat and train and thousands upon thousands lost.. March 11th will be remembered as of one of the worst natural disasters to strike Nihon.

Night time is upon Japan at the moment.. So the true photo’s of what the outcome will be wont show for another few hours.. My thoughts go out to all my friends currently in Japan.

Kyodo news agency is reporting that about 88,000 people are missing.

I called up my friend Tim this morning to get an update – “The place is mad! people are walking along train lines to get home.. its freezing here dude! I just wanna go home!”

I have been through several of Tokyo’s earthquakes before.. nowhere near this level but I can tell you.. its a very scary experience for someone who comes from a place were we can choose to ignore the worlds natural disasters.

Here we have a shot from outside Option2. Looks like there making best efforts to get their rides outa there before things get worse.

These photos from Andy show that Ebisu has also been struck :(

It seems there’s more to come to this.. More waves are to be expected. I wish everyone out there the best of luck.. Keep your spirits high guys. You’ll pull through…

UPDATE: Kyle’s DC2 & Jordan’s NA8

Last two weekends have been busy ones. Involving fitting 2 set’s of coilovers and fitting various wheels. Not to mention the odd arch rolling service via some handy trolley jack handles.

Last Saturday we had Kyle’s teg up first. Rolling round on what we thought were OEM Shocks & springs.. I was very surprised to see.. ‘HKS’ Stamped, On springs all round! That explains the over stiff ride his DC had going on. Shame it didn’t mend the crazy space hopper height! Not to worry, Armed with a brand new set of BC Coilovers and a blow torch.. We cracked on with the job in hand!

Alas; I took nil snaps of the work being done.. as, well; I was doing the work :p So instead. Some snaps of the end results.

Here we have a snap of Jordan’s XXR02’s – 15×8 ET0. Very nice fit on an MX5 with a slight roll and flare.

Read on for more photos from the day…

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Mintofruit feature in Option 2!

YUP! Just got my copy in from Tim in Japan. The March edition, for the Tokyo Auto Salon.

While Tim and myself where waiting for Dino to finish up a shoot at the Veilside stand, Dai Chan’s daughter walked up to him and started to interview him for Option 2 magazine. She asked him ‘Who do you know here at the Salon?’ and he looked up at me and said ‘I know him’..

With that Mamina Chan and a few Option 2 photographers came rushing up and started asking us questions! :p I showed them the boso Miata and they freaked out! They seemed so surprised when I told them I drifted in Scotland.

So I got in this morning to find another parcel sitting for me. Containing this months edition of Option 2. Containing this plug :p

The orange box says : Mint from Scotland. ^_^ Ace.

Ja Ne

Its FUGA Time!..

Well – Its been a while huh! Sorry for the lack of updates, In the time away I have collected a good selection of photos from Japan which should tie me over until the G1GP Event at Ebisu. Anywho, I wanna share some snap’s from a Nissan Fuga meet I attended in Japan with my good friend Neal and some of our other friends.

There’s no point in Simply re writing shit, So i’ll add up the photo’s and hot link you to the feature of on NICO (Nissan Infinity Car Owners)

Its the first time I got a chance to come across these 4 door machines in person.

I also got the chance to do a real shoot on Neals R33 GTR V-Spec. This car is CLEAN! (Note, You can just make out the ‘Scarab’ Sticker on the back there.)

At one of the PA’s We got talking to another group of people who had some really nice rides!

Aw snap!

And of course.. Some awsum shots from flying along on the Wangan!

Here’s the rest of the photos!

The link for the Nico review can be found here : http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/nissan-fuga-meet.html

Enjoi – Mata Ne!

Tokyo Auto Salon – Part 1 of 4

Well its taken almost 1 entire year, however Iv FINALLY now edited up HALF of the Photo’s from this years Tokyo Auto Salon based in Chiba.

Presents, Part 1 of 4.

Iv got the other half of these to upload tonight followed by Sundays photo’s to edit! Massive. In the mean time check out http://www.noonefresher.com, Were hosting a JZX Tribute week!

Mata Ne!