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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Old skool

Its been sooooooo long since I have posted on here – I need to change that, Got photos to edit and im off to Japan in August for the Matsuri and the G1GP. More to come on that.

I have been in London with TK – I messed about with some pictures while we were getting drunk.

mmm i miss this. OEM Arch flared… WIN!

Ja 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…

Tokyo Auto Salon – Part 2 of 4

Im STILL yet to post these up from last trip – Here’s the second part of 4.

Here’s another batch..

Domo..

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!

Its that time of year again..

Well thats the first drop of snow now hitting the little village of Alford once again. The MX will be moved into the drive way as of tomorrow, and wont be out to play unless its for some late night streeto bashings.

Of course with the snow usually comes lots of other things, such as bad driving, many accidents, delayed flights, terrible road conditions and of course last but not least Mr good ol’ Santa J Claus. I was looking through some photo’s today archived under ‘random’ and came across some pictures from when I sent myself home some gifts to open .. from UP Garage, Japan.

Or something like that ;) Im off back to Japan shortly for another stunt, some more shopping and some drifting. I plan on heading to visit some garages chiba based to get an insight on some of the worlds most famous cars on the scene at the moment – So keep tuned.

Iv babbled on before about UP Garage alot before, so i’ll try restrain myself. For those not in the know, UP Is a chain of stores based through out Japan. They deal with second hand car parts and of course the usual found new ‘tat’ most would title, they’d likely to see in their own Halfrauds. Some title the place ‘Mark UP!’ with some of the prices being pretty crazy, and op for places such as Cyrstal or Yellow Hat. However in my experience, UP hasnt let me down so far.. and i’ll spent alot of wedge on their stuff! Including the rims im rolling on.

Im a little un interested in what others have to think about things like this, Iv been to Yellow Hat and Cyrstal and I far prefer UP!

This little pick up belong’d to the owner of this Tokyo Based UP and the 14 was his co-worker. I got speaking to them both and they told me the pickup is drifted alot, hard. Thats what I like to hear.

Can ya guess what it is yet? :) One of the many boxes exported home full to the brim with Japanese toys and parts.. For cars I dont even own haha.

So anyway – With the snow now falling, snowboard season is upon us and we have hills to ride. Take care to all out there driving these conditions, and I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

-Minto San

Some of the MAZDA

Here’s a rather little collection of the latest shots of the MX5.  Some taken from JAE and just before it. I’ll let the snaps do the talking!

Really am enjoying this little car now – It drifts really well, and a change from the run of the mill S-body that the drift days seem to fill up with. Some more power and more lock and i think we could be onto a winner here!

AL from Alscarstuff and myself got talking the other night – Were planning on under going some ideas over the winter months, Tubbing the front archs, Engine out and possibly something in its place… the ideas of either a V8, Boosted 20b or even just an SR could be on the cards. Keep tuned to find out.

As for the Japan side of things, myself and the other half plan on getting our TEFL course dialled in before the year is up, and i will be flying back over on the 2nd of January for another short period of time and to check out the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon. Hopefully weather allowing I should be able to get back up to Ebisu to get some drifting done and up to Misawa to meet up with the Gaijin Drift possy. Word on the street of Mitto coming over to show me some of the low down in good old Osaka aswell. Keep an eye out!

p.s. Theres also a rouge photo for Kyle too :0

- Ja Ne

Step By Step : Boso Roadster

I was just mentioning the other day about the sheer lack of updates in regards to my little Miata. Its not that im not logging everything im doing stage by stage.. its just now im not doing anything with the photos, or the build up threads.. tbh, this car’s for go.. not show.

Over the last few weeks iv been tweaking the suspension as best as I can to make sure I have what feels to me, the perfect setup for the touge here. I dont have any kinda power, so the best thing for me to work on is the handling and the responce. A perfect example of this practice into play; is the famous AE86 driver, Katsuhiro Ueo. He has been some what of an Insperation to me. I know, I know.. his badge shows Toyota and not Mazda, non the less.. his theory of responce over power Intrigued me. Its pushed me in a new direction, A direction where Im now thinking.. you dont need all these flow charts, graphs and dyno sheets for a car to perform well. All that is, is simply show boating and flexing muscles. In reality, when it comes down to it, As quoted by the ‘king’ himself.. “What use is power, Without control?”Keiichi Tsuchiya

Anyway.. Here’s an update worthy of one, after 3 long, pain staking months.. I finally received my hub adapters that everyone’s been chipping my ears for.. which means, I could fit my wheels which I bought over in Japan’s UP Garage outside of Tokyo.

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EBISU Circuit- Fukushima

Here’s some snaps to show you guys what Ebisu’s like.. this place was stupid quiet on the day we went.. which meant simply more seat time for us! Oh and there’s also some lions!

See.. A lion ^^!

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