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Babalouie
18-11-06, 03:55 AM
As some of you might know, I've been working in Seoul and after a pretty full-on week, I decided that I deserved a treat for the weekend.

(apologies for any shitty pics btw I'm no Felix when it comes to photography!)

So I jumped on a plane and....(I just love that sign!)
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics014.jpg

When you get to the airport, the first thing you need to do is catch the bus to the city. Its Y30,000 which is about $40 and it's a 1.5hr ride.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics016.jpg

When japanese transport says that it's going to leave at 9.20, it means that the bus gets there at 9.18 and LEAVES at 9.20. All day, every day.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics017.jpg

By the time I get to the hotel, it's almost midnight and I didn't eat dinner so I'm starving. The streets are still pretty bustling in Shinjuku though. Tons of ppl still on the street.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics026.jpg

Almost past midnight, not many places left open but the noodle/rice joints are usually open late:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics019.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics010.jpg

This is a common system at a lot of restaurants. You put your money into this vending machine and it spits out a ticket. Hint: even if the machine has no pics, and you can't read japanese, the popular dishes are always on the top left!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics009.jpg

Sit down at the counter, give the chick your ticket and 3mins later this comes out. Y550 (about $6.50) for a curry-rice set. I'm starving so at this point I'm thinking HELL YEAH
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics007.jpg

Burp!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics008.jpg

After a JDM dinner, you deserve a JDM dessert. "Eating cheaply in Japan Lesson #2: convenience stores are an abundant source of dessert".
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics011.jpg

Lots of weird and wonderful types of ice cream:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics013.jpg

JDM chocolate ice cream FTW (it was like a Magnum btw)
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics018.jpg

Japanese buskers outside Shinjuku station:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics022.jpg

In Japan, even the taxis are modified: Nissan Cedric with a Mitsuoka vintage Jag nose conversion.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics028.jpg

Typical japanese view over the railway line at Shinjuku stn:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics025.jpg

But just behind the station is a rabbit warren of little streets, crammed with yakitori restaurants:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics023.jpg

Yakitori is just grilled food on a stick, like asparagus wrapped in bacon, cherry tomatoes wrapped in bacon, roasted garlic and onion, ginko nuts, etc. Consume with beer. The SMELL is just mouth watering.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics024.jpg

The main drag outside Shinjuku station, 11.45pm:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics020.jpg

And that's it for tonight, it's way past bedtime and tomorrow we go parts hunting. I'll upload tomorrows pics in 24hrs :D

MFN-MAN
18-11-06, 05:17 AM
that looks crazy! 11:45 looks like 8:00 here! love the food doco! hehehe

keep em coming!

Omawari_San
18-11-06, 07:42 AM
Allways nice to see photos from japan.

Makes me want to go there again.....

Made a picture of the same store in shinjuku:
http://images.fotopic.net/yj6f68.jpg

D CUPS
18-11-06, 10:32 AM
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics020.jpg



"私の方法を出て行けば私は私のブリーフケースとの打ち砕く !!!!!!" LOL (move out of my way or i'll pound you with my briefcase)



Nice pics mang! Pics of chicks and car parts please! hehe

lovesil
18-11-06, 10:40 AM
that looks crazy! 11:45 looks like 8:00 here! love the food doco! hehehe

keep em coming!

You kidding?? it looks more like 6 - 7 pm in Syd. 8pm Syd = half ghost town

Man, i would so love to go, but afraid of the language issue.....

Justin Fox
18-11-06, 10:42 AM
More food!!! Man I would eat everything if I was there!

EGG80X
18-11-06, 11:22 AM
god i miss japan, cant wait till i go back

Babalouie
18-11-06, 11:34 AM
You kidding?? it looks more like 6 - 7 pm in Syd. 8pm Syd = half ghost town

Man, i would so love to go, but afraid of the language issue.....

I can't speak of word of Japanese myself. Oh ok, I can say things like "Skyline haiyaii" and "Cornering Sugei" and when I bump into somone I can say "sumimassen" but that's about it and not really the useful on an everyday basis :D

Follow my simple steps, speaking Jap is not necessary :) :) I sure as hell can't speak it.

Bright and early, 8.30am here's the view from the hotel room. We're looking east out of Shinjuku towards Mt Fuji, which I'm pretty sure you can never seen from here. Out there is mainly residential areas but you can see that Tokyo isn't really about lots of really tall bldgs (they have 20 earthquakes per mth) but rather lots and lots of short to medium bldgs, all crammed together.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/CarparkPics008.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/CarparkPics007.jpg

I'm outta here. Seeya guys later.

supernatural
18-11-06, 12:31 PM
damn... jap food!!! ramen!!!

felixR
18-11-06, 12:42 PM
looks like an adventure for sure!

thanx for sharing kev

black200
18-11-06, 02:11 PM
is this in toko mr babs?

i've also been shitting bricks about the language barrier, i'm there in a month and i can say hello in jap and 'can i smoke in here' in cantonese but that is it :(

shonen
18-11-06, 02:29 PM
oh man...a mate of mine is in Japan right now and he has pretty much done the same thing with the photos etc on SAU.

I soooo wanna go, been longing to go for aaaages now and was saving up to go at the end of this year but blowing a stock turbo means I cant go anymore :(

Definetly next year though, I actually wanna stay there for a few months...should be fun and cant wait :D

[ekkY]
18-11-06, 04:02 PM
make sure bring us some goodies a little souvenir for us jdmst

Babalouie
18-11-06, 05:59 PM
is this in toko mr babs?

i've also been shitting bricks about the language barrier, i'm there in a month and i can say hello in jap and 'can i smoke in here' in cantonese but that is it :(

Back now....phew my feet are tired :) Yup I'm in Tokyo. Flew in 9pm Friday night and I'll be flying out 5.30pm Sunday :D

I meant it when I say that I can't speak a word of Japanese. But don't worry, it's not a problem, because Japanese ppl are so polite they will still try to help you. I even got lost this morning and just from saying "Ichinoe Subway" in conjunction with a quizzical expression and some pointing, that was enough for ppl to show me where to go :D

Uploading more pics now...wow...no wonder I ran out of battery....I took 150 pics! I don't think I'll post them all tho so just go to the "Japantrip" subdirectory on my photobucket to see the rest. I think we're about to break photobucket :D

Babalouie
18-11-06, 06:36 PM
Okay I was up bright and early this morning for the hr-long trek out into the suburbs. I'n staying in Shinjuku which is a pretty central shopping area but for what I needed to find I needed to trek much, much further out into the sticks.

Firstly, here's a good tip. If you run out of money (a lot of car places only accept cash) then look for a western bank and your aussie keycard should work. My Westpac card worked fine in the ATM (same PIN and everything) and the exchange rate is usually better than what you get at the airport, but there is a $5 account fee.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0081.jpg

Everywhere you go in Japan, every 200m there is a drinks vending machine. Both hot and cold drinks are available for Y120 (say a buck fiddy).
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0079.jpg

Hot Georgia coffee FTW!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0080.jpg

Everywhere you go in Japan you see bicycles, just left on the side of the street. Ppl ride them to a spot near their work or the train stn and then just leave them there and nobody ever bothers with a lock or a chain. They just simply never get stolen.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0074.jpg

Old 70's style retro bikes are cool in Japan, especially the stripped-down scramble style.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0078.jpg

Here's the Suzuki rival to the Honda Zoomer
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0076.jpg

Ok, now you go to the train station and step 1 is to buy your ticket here:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0084.jpg

The idea is that you look up what the fare will cost on the wall above the machine, then pour coins into the machine to get your ticket. Tip: look for the "English" button, but it's self explanatory really.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0085.jpg

Inside the major stations are usually heaps of shops. Funny thing about most newsagencies is that they usually don't carry car mags. You have to go to a bookshop to buy your Options.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0086.jpg

Everyone travels by train, so the stations are farken crowded.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0090.jpg

Serene train scene....it's rude to speak on your mobile, etc so they are usually deathly quiet. Look closely and you'll notice that quite a few ppl are asleep, but they seem to have this knack of magically waking up before their station.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0092.jpg

When you get to your destination, THIS is a very important device: the Fare Adjustment Machine. Buying the ticket of the correct fare can be confusing if there isn't an English-language map next to the ticket machine. But if you just buy the smallest-amount ticket fare, you can "top up" your ticket at your destination. Pop in the ticket and it'll tell you how much you need to fix it up by. There's one at every station and it saves your non-Japanese speaking ass.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0094.jpg

Typical suburban street scene...no more tall bldgs, it's just houses and shops from now on.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0096.jpg

Typical street of townhouses. No parking, no garden.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0097.jpg

Luc
18-11-06, 06:39 PM
awesome!!!!

FRpilot
18-11-06, 06:40 PM
very good thread for those who want an insight into the life in japan
keep up the good work

Babalouie
18-11-06, 07:05 PM
Now you know what kei-cars are so popular here, even that Jazz looks too big!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0099.jpg

Narrow parking space + Kei Car FTW
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0108.jpg

You know, if you owned a Kei Car you might be able to open that door.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0135.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0109.jpg

Here's a pan shot from a bridge that gives you some idea of how crowded everything is. This isn't in the city, it's about a 30min train ride out of the city.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/th_SANY0146.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/?action=view&current=SANY0146.flv)

A lot of houses don't have a parking spot, so every few hundred metres there is like a "council" car park. Some are free I think (but are hogged by the ppl who live nearest to it) and most cost about $300/mth.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0132.jpg

Cool MX5 spotted out cruising....lowered on dished Watanabes. The japs nail the look so effortlessly.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0110.jpg

The national sport is baseball. Bar none, everyone's crazy about it.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0111.jpg

More random vending machine placement....outside someone's house??
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0112.jpg

Hot FC spotted in a shared car park. The right stance, wheels, offset and kit. Good onya mate, flawless.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0114.jpg

Aha...now this is why I've travelled so far out. Looks just like a tyre-mart type place, huh? Hehe...
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0115.jpg

This is Carshop Nagano, which is a deceptively big parts shop. In addition to what they have in stock, they can order in anything you want, LSDs, turbos, IC kits, bodykits, whatever.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0119.jpg

The more suburban parts shops usually tend to offer much better prices and can usually offer a 10~20% discount off list price. It's worth the trip.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0116.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0128.jpg

Check out some of these prices, lads :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0123.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0121.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0122.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0118.jpg

Mugen Accord Euro short shifter, Y16000 (say $180?)
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0127.jpg

Rays wheel + dish....no words are necessary.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0120.jpg

VIP bling bling by Garson
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0126.jpg

Bling bling x 10 by DMD
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0125.jpg

The bosses' new Legend.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0129.jpg

Vans are so popular right now in Japan. Would you believe that this Nissan Legrand is stock (I think it is anyway)? So VIP.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0136.jpg

Toyota Estima, done up right.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0138.jpg

Kinda looks out of place, huh?
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0137.jpg

FRpilot
18-11-06, 07:08 PM
more more more!

Dave R
18-11-06, 07:16 PM
Far out!

Great write up!!!!

I can not imagine how it would feel 2 be in that shop with all those car parts, i would end up broke :(

Keep us updated :)

Babalouie
18-11-06, 07:39 PM
Carsop Nagano was just 15mins walk from the station. About an hour down the road are a few more tuners so what the heck, it's a nice day, let's walk :D

A little bit down the road is a Honda dealer.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0142.jpg

With the new CR-V. Ermmm...it's been rogered pretty hard with the Ugly Stick methinks.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0139.jpg

But hey, this is what all teh azian ppls will be driving all around the world pretty soon :)
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0140.jpg

Yuck.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0141.jpg

Rare bird....Toyota 2000GT being fixed at a small workshop.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0145.jpg

Right. Now I'm hungry. Duck into friendly local suburban ramen joint.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0148.jpg

Point at pictorial menu, I'll have that one matey (see? Don't need to speak Japanese).
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0149.jpg

WTF! Did I order the super-sized one by mistake? Waiter: *nods* This was delicious but after about a 1/3 of it, I was struggling. But one thing that you can't really get outside of Japan, is really good ramen. You can get good ramen, just not really good ramen. Yummy. For the record, you can order this dish by uttering the words "Shoyu charshiew-men"
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0150.jpg

Honda Airwave
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0151.jpg

Lanevo. Lightly modded but just sooooo right.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0154.jpg

Legacy GT rumbling thru traffic. Lowered, Work Emotion Kais, exhaust and Rays wheel nuts.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0155.jpg

Here's another tuner. KTS. It may look small but it's big by Japanese stds. KTS has a two page ad in Option magazine.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0157.jpg

Hot looking S14 having a wheel alignment.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0158.jpg

Upstairs is the office and parts shop. Usually places like this have the more hardcore parts in stock since they do a lot of mechanical upgrades.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0159.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0160.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0161.jpg

Check out the price on these Tomei cams. I'm pretty sure that's the price for one cam only but still, that's about $800 for the pair.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0162.jpg

Out in the burbs the most common mode of transport are bicycles. Mums on bikes fitted with baby seats are a common sight.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0163.jpg

Now we get to Car Make Corns, an MX5 only car dealer and tuner.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0164.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0166.jpg

Not perfect, mismatched hardtop, but tidy, 101,000kms, and lowered on proper dished Watanabes. Y2500 (or $3000) to you, sir. :shock:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0173.jpg

Show these pics of stuff for sale all in one place to your typical JDM MX5 enthusiast and be prepared to administer CPR :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0172.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0171.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0170.jpg

Yes...in Japan, Konis are more expensive than Tein :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0169.jpg

VIP (or more likely, Dub'd) Aristo on 22s
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0177.jpg

You can always spot a train stn, by the row of taxis waiting outside. Taxis can be cheap for just short 5min hops from the stn. That way it's a flat Y660 fee. Stay in the cab for 10mins and watch the price quadruple.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0179.jpg

Also close to most stations is parking station for bicycles.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0178.jpg

Back in the subway, and its labyrinthine tunnels.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0180.jpg

I drank the whole can and didn't get depressed! I want my Y120 back!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0176.jpg

Well that's enuff for now, checkya guys later, gonna go out and grab some dinner :)

lovesil
18-11-06, 08:42 PM
I wonder if there's like a holiday study program in japan. I know there's alot of asian people that come over to Aus to study english for 1 - 3 month (Best way to both get an understanding/feeling of living in that country + learn the language of that country) I'm seriously wonder if Jap has the same thing? I wouldn't mind spending my 1 month annual leave to go to jap, study/stay there for that period of time.

oh ya! The train network graph is really amazing. Compare that to Sydney's network, one would think why for such a complex design in jap doesn't work out any worse than Sydney's little network.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0084.jpg

Luc
18-11-06, 09:16 PM
im doing a 2 month language program in indonesia, i'd haze that there's a similar one in Japan???

Justin Fox
18-11-06, 10:15 PM
Liking the CRV. Love that EVO + Corns!!! Damn nice nice.

Luc
19-11-06, 12:01 AM
yeah evo + this one are pimp. that liberty was hot too

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0166.jpg

kula
19-11-06, 01:58 AM
oh man. makes me soo want to go back.

Babalouie
19-11-06, 02:35 AM
I wonder if there's like a holiday study program in japan. I know there's alot of asian people that come over to Aus to study english for 1 - 3 month (Best way to both get an understanding/feeling of living in that country + learn the language of that country) I'm seriously wonder if Jap has the same thing? I wouldn't mind spending my 1 month annual leave to go to jap, study/stay there for that period of time.

oh ya! The train network graph is really amazing. Compare that to Sydney's network, one would think why for such a complex design in jap doesn't work out any worse than Sydney's little network.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0084.jpg

That's actually nuthin :D It doesn't even cover all of the train lines it just covers the main ones. This is the real thing, and even then it doesn't cover all of the stations on the minor lines.
http://www.bento.com/subtop5.html

But personally I dunno if I could spend a whole coupla mths here in Japan. I mean it's a pretty fast paced place (look at how much I covered in one day!) and I reckon I'd be all worn out if I stayed here for more than a week :D

After I finished up this arvo I went to the Takashimaya dept store in Times Square to look for a pressie for my missus. I remembered that it had a kick-ass food court so went down to see if it might give me some ideas....I mean I didn't come all the way to Japan to eat in a food court but it's food for thought if you know what I mean :)

I can't remember what this is called but it's food on sticks in fine breadcrumbs that is deep fried. There are restaurants where you just sit there and tell then what to fry up for you, a few sticks at a time. You then dunk it in this communal pot of barbeque sauce. I believe it's from Osaka.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids053.jpg

This is tempura of course. There are restaurants that only do tempura and a friend has taken me to what was supposed to be a really good place, but at the end of the day it just tastes like....tempura :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids054.jpg

Hmm...this is tonkatsu. Food in chunky, crunchy breadcrumbs that is deepfried. Hmmm....tonkatsu...I know a good place for that.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids055.jpg

There was even a counter just for grilled eel una-ju.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids056.jpg

Not sure what this was.....but it was crumbed, fried and had creamy stuff inside.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids059.jpg

Hmm...this looks a bit too rich.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids063.jpg

This is what yakitori looks like close up. Chicken hearts, chunks of liver, asparagus wrapped in thin slices of chicken, all skewered, basted in a tasty sauce and then bbq'd. It's not really something to eat when you're alone, since you end up waiting for them to grill your food a few sticks at a time. For a group of friends, it's great, you end up sitting there all night, gimme another one of those, two more of those, and another round of drinks please :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids058.jpg

Yup....a $30 rockmelon that's only barely bigger than a tennis ball.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids060.jpg

This is Fruits Parlor Lemon, which is quite famous in Tokyo. For $15, the guy will convert a whole packet of strawberries into a small glass of juice. In season it's great cos Japanese strawberries at their best are very sweet and not sour at all. But yeah...$15 for a small glass of juice.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids061.jpg

For some reason the supermarket sells plastic food too!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids062.jpg

Dang vending machines....hot chocolate....in a CAN
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids064.jpg

I bet you thought that the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate bridge were in the USA....shame on you :D This is the Daiba area, which is like (if you live in Sydney) Tokyo's Darling Harbour.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids071.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids069.jpg

Lots of touristy shopping centres by the waterfront, and that sinister looking bldg behind is the Fuji TV HQ. I've always thought that the president of the company must have a DR Evil style "lair" in the "ball" section but apparently it's just normal office space :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids070.jpg

Hmm.....Tonkatsu for dinner?
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids076.jpg

Or....Shabu Shabu for dinner (basically Japanese steamboat)
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids075.jpg

...the shabu shabu place had a long queue, so it's tonkatsu tonight!

Such a large variety of deep-fried treats....
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids072.jpg

...and side dishes!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids073.jpg

Ok, now there's quite a few things you should know about tonkatsu restaurants. The fried stuff is served with a pile of shredded cabbage. The stuff in the glass jar is the dressing for the cabbage, but they don't tell you that, and no-one puts the dressing on for you. Without it, it tastes like....well plain cabbage. The cabbage and the clam soup is ALL YOU CAN EAT. They don't point that out either. Also the stuff in the grey jar is tonkatsu sauce, which tastes like bbq sauce but kinda sourish. You have to smother everything in it.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids066.jpg

So...first thing you do is skol the soup, then subtly place it close to the edge of the table. That's the unspoken language for "gimme my second bowl of clam soup"....and voila! Free second bowl :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids074.jpg

Oh yeah the japanese aren't real big on eating veggies, so if you're feeling like you need some greens, the all-you-can-eat cabbage salad is a good way for you to catch up at an er...minimal cost :D


Also in the Daiba area is the Venus Fort shopping centre which houses the Toyota MegaWeb. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids077.jpg

It used to be pretty cool, with simulator rides where you could compete for the best lap (there was a leaderboard) and VR rides. Now it's basically just a display of Toyota's latest JDM range. There is a simulator but it's err...based on Gran Turismo with all the traction aids turned on...
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids078.jpg

There's some race machinery there tho.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids079.jpg

Oooh look, there's the Bb!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids080.jpg

...and the Rush!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids081.jpg

....and the Ractis.....zzzzzzz. So sad that Toyota doesn't make any sports cars anymore. Just SUVs and mini wannabe SUVs
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids082.jpg

Babalouie
19-11-06, 02:36 AM
But...near the MegaWeb is Toyotas historic museum, which looks like it's celebrating the FR Corollas. Hmm....could be interesting!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids083.jpg

WRC Corolla in fat and low tarmac spec. TOUGH
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids084.jpg

Le Mans GTOne
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids085.jpg

The museum also has a huge shop of books and model cars.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids086.jpg

This 787 was exquisite...but at $200....
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids087.jpg

This one was smaller, just as exquisite....just as pricey.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids089.jpg

Like your JDM books?
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids088.jpg

Part of the Corolla restrospective were these cool models. They were about 2ft long and beautifully detailed. I think maybe they were prototype styling models?
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids090.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids091.jpg

TE71 Levin. 1.6L, 115ps. Had no idea they were available in panda too.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids092.jpg

Ae86 of course.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids093.jpg

Super tough TE27. Love the flares.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids094.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids095.jpg

Dimunitive Mazda Carol. There's no legroom at all if you're over 5ft tall.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids096.jpg

More dang vending machines lurking around every corner. Hot mily tea....in a CAN
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids097.jpg

Purty lights at Shinjuku. This boulevarde is quiet, and has lots of cafes to sit in and sip coffee in relative peace while JDM-world spins around you.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids098.jpg

View towards the MyLord and Lumine shopping centres at Shinjuku stn.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids099.jpg

Walking back to the hotel via East Shinjuku.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/Kids100.jpg

Dave R
19-11-06, 02:55 AM
Dammm ! looking at these pics of food is making me hungry :(

Hope your enjoying your trip :)

Brian_J
19-11-06, 02:59 AM
oh man im gettin nostalgic, was there about this time last year. visited the toyota showroom too and jsut love love loved the food..and vending machines. i swear i mustve spent about 50 bucks just on the vending machines

Babalouie
19-11-06, 03:13 AM
Hope your enjoying your trip :)

...can't complain :)

I reckon I've done enough....tomorrow I might take it easy and wait for the DHL guy to get here with my parts, and then it's back to Seoul and work :(

Babalouie
19-11-06, 04:02 AM
oh ya! The train network graph is really amazing. Compare that to Sydney's network, one would think why for such a complex design in jap doesn't work out any worse than Sydney's little network.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0084.jpg

There is something more I can add about this.

Even though the whole thing must criss cross like crazy and require precision timing, that's exactly what they get.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/SANY0089.jpg

Most platforms have a sign like that above, which makes a pretty precise promise of how long it will take between stations. if you go up to the front carriage, in most trains you can see the driver at work. They are usually very formally suited up in hat and gloves and take their job seriously. Each driver has his own stopwatch (which is hung on a special spot on the dash of the train), and they seem to take extreme pride in getting to each station on time, and some make a real show of it, too.

FRpilot
19-11-06, 01:23 PM
i see ebisu there ^^

Babalouie
19-11-06, 01:34 PM
i see ebisu there ^^

That's the suburb of Ebisu, not the Ebisu circuit, which is a few hrs train ride outside of Tokyo :D

felixR
19-11-06, 02:14 PM
wow.. great coverage and write up!
keep it up kev! kinda feels like i'm there.. but i'm not :( hehehe

Babalouie
19-11-06, 02:35 PM
wow.. great coverage and write up!
keep it up kev! kinda feels like i'm there.. but i'm not :( hehehe

Haha...I'm glad I did this. I have 150mins before I have to get on the bus for the airport, so I'm sure in a few days I'll look at these pics and wonder "was I really there?" :D

Walking around with my camera I really did feel like you guys were with me :D

Dave R
19-11-06, 02:54 PM
What parts did u get ? (if u dont mind me asking) :)

Did u get stuff from that MX-5 place ? (that shop/dealership) would have been intresting :p

Middle Man
19-11-06, 02:55 PM
Awesome stuff man! Im pumped now......can't wait to go!

Kirky/Tommo - lets do it!

lovesil
19-11-06, 03:27 PM
remember to show your Korea pics too. I love going korea again. Its a place that isn't too much difference from Japan, except you see Hyundai everywhere on the street :D

Babalouie
19-11-06, 03:28 PM
What parts did u get ? (if u dont mind me asking) :)

Did u get stuff from that MX-5 place ? (that shop/dealership) would have been intresting :p

I got some Teins, Defis and injectors for the Luce, from Carshop Nagano.

From the MX5 place I just got a Cusco offset number plate bracket (yes! another one!) for a friend. I have to exercise self control in that place. A fair bit of the gear on my car was bought from that joint in the first place :D

....90mins until bus-time :)


remember to show your Korea pics too. I love going korea again. Its a place that isn't too much difference from Japan, except you see Hyundai everywhere on the street :D

I haven't taken any pics of Korea! Ok I will though, but you guys are gonna get sick of looking at wall to wall Hyundai :D

danielb
19-11-06, 03:37 PM
Awesome thread Babalouie, thanks for sharing it with us.

Babalouie
19-11-06, 04:11 PM
Awesome thread Babalouie, thanks for sharing it with us.

My pleasure :D I just hope that this thread encourages more ppl to take the plunge and come over here. There's heaps and heaps more to see and do that I couldn't cover in one weekend.

danielb
19-11-06, 04:27 PM
Ah it sure has encouraged me! I'm trying to gee my friends up to go over with me next year!

Harves
19-11-06, 08:53 PM
A trip will be on my wish list - hopefully get over there sometime in my lifetime :lol:

wilch
21-11-06, 10:28 PM
These photos make me really want to go to Japan. I can't believe that's the way it really is! You're just playing with us aren't you. It's not really like that.


Awesome photodiary dude. :thumbsup:

supernatural
22-11-06, 01:32 AM
damn good pics... i really wanna go to JDMland now...

VTECMACHINE
22-11-06, 02:51 AM
OMG what a great thread!!! I was also shitting myself about the langauge barrier. But now am really keen on going. Looks like an amazingly clean place, people look like they are very sheltered and too themselves. Is that right? Or are they outgoing? Also the food looks so well prepped unlike our chatswood sushi stores. Gotton me all hungrey now.

Babalouie
22-11-06, 03:31 AM
These photos make me really want to go to Japan. I can't believe that's the way it really is! You're just playing with us aren't you. It's not really like that.


Awesome photodiary dude. :thumbsup:


OMG what a great thread!!! I was also shitting myself about the langauge barrier. But now am really keen on going. Looks like an amazingly clean place, people look like they are very sheltered and too themselves. Is that right? Or are they outgoing? Also the food looks so well prepped unlike our chatswood sushi stores. Gotton me all hungrey now.

Japan is most definitely its own planet :D I've had some of the weirdest, and yet in some ways pretty wonderful experiences there, like one time we went to an MX5 tuner (another one) and bought so much gear that when we left, the entire shop staff lined up outside the shop and bowed in unison as we drove out :)

Another time a tuner actually took us to his house, and introduced us to his wife and kid and we drank coffee and ate fruit in his kitchen :)

And another time, we went to www.rsaizawa.co.jp and Aizawa-san himself (the guy with the glasses in the Touge vids) dropped what he was doing and we sat down for a 2hr chat about MX5 tuning while his wife served us coffee.

Another time (still can't believe this happened), we were standing outside a convenience store, and a 1st gen NSX-R (white/black roof, white wheels 3.0L 5spd) pulls up and the guy jumps out and runs into the store. So there we were, standing next to an NSXR, with the keys in the ignition and the engine running :D So we stoof there debating like "cmon, let's take it for a spin" "no, we can't do that it's theft" "but this is Japan they prolly won't mind" :D anyway to solve the issue we ran away after about 10mins, with the car still sitting on the curb idling.

My brother had an even more hardcore experience, he met up with some internet acquaintences and was taken for highway battle at up to 250km/h on the Wangan (that shit is REAL btw).

...and then there was Tokyo autosalon :shock: you could spend a whole day just walking thru the carpark outside snapping pics. It's 10,000 times better than anything else you ever seen even before you step inside for the actual show :D

Yeah Japan's pretty cool I reckon :D

kula
22-11-06, 09:40 AM
Here's one memory that sticks with me from Japan.

Last time I was there we were crusing a long a freeway on the way to TAS.

We were in a new Honda Legend, 220kw, SW-AWD, nice car.
Driving from Shibuya to Chiba for the show, so the traffic was relatively high, behind us an E36 BMW starts weaving through the traffic and overtaking everyone, so our driver (top bloke) hits it as well and follows suit. Once we are clear of most of the traffic we get up to the speed limiter and start cruising at 180, while overtaking the odd car doing 120.

Up ahead I notice a blue R34 GTR and he notices us so downshifts, and accelerates to match our speed.

The R34 looked relatively standard, with an exhaust at least, but it managed to pull away from us with ease, as it should. So it would have been on the far side of 200km/h.

Shortly after there is some traffic, and everyone (quite suddenly) slows down to walking pace. Now when things like this happen, everyone slowing down turns on their hazzard lights, to indicated to the people behind that they are braking hard, or slowing down to a speed less than 100. Very cool I thought.

Anyway, the GT-R is in the lane next to us, and I get a good look at it when we pull up next to it in the traffic.

The driver seems he is a middle age man and the front passenger seat is empty.
I look in the back and see his wife, and I thought thats a little bit weird, then I look again and see a baby in a baby seat.

Cool.

Gorilla
22-11-06, 11:28 AM
hahah, Crazy Japs Kula! I love these trheads, but also hat ethem at the same time, as I havent been!!

Nice stuff Babs! If there are any AW11 Books, are you able to grab any for me??

Philip Lee
22-11-06, 11:41 AM
Car Make Corn ftw. you should have pick up a sticker for me!!! lol

Babalouie
22-11-06, 11:46 AM
Nice stuff Babs! If there are any AW11 Books, are you able to grab any for me??

Love to mate, but you're a bit late, I'm not in Japan anymore :)

ebcd
22-11-06, 01:57 PM
Great write up Babalouie, thanks for sharing

time for a JDMST Japan Tour i say

Gorilla
22-11-06, 02:52 PM
Love to mate, but you're a bit late, I'm not in Japan anymore :)
damn!

Omawari_San
22-11-06, 08:57 PM
Japan is really nice! But you miss a lot of culture if you are just looking after car things.
When I was there last year in october I had the choice of buying an intercooler or having more money for a trip to kyoto.
I never regreted that I spent the money on the trip for kyoto. If you like temples, shrines, museums and things like this you can have a really good time in japan!


Now when things like this happen, everyone slowing down turns on their hazzard lights, to indicated to the people behind that they are braking hard, or slowing down to a speed less than 100. Very cool I thought.

I thought thats international. At least it happens here too.

kula
22-11-06, 09:23 PM
wheres here?

doesnt happen in aus/us.

Omawari_San
22-11-06, 09:31 PM
Here is europe.

kula
22-11-06, 10:01 PM
ahh a continent with sense.

josh2.5
22-11-06, 10:24 PM
Yeah I was about to say ive never seen anyone ever do anything like that. Most jerks drive 15 under the limit as it is and brake for no reason so even if people did start doing it and being courtieous it wouldnt help :p

Babalouie
24-11-06, 01:35 PM
I found some last few pics on my camera so thought I'd post them up before I wiped the memory card:

Random supermarket shot:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/CarparkPics012-1.jpg

More JDM retro bike goodness
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0075.jpg

This is a great shop in Shinjuku. Might not look like much but has several floors of DVDs and video games. Very well stocked second hand section too.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0082.jpg

Here's another game shop in the sticks (Katsushika).
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0153.jpg

Japan is all about Sony, and in the whole shop there is only a tiny little shelf dedicated to XBox. The graphics of the PS3 are AWESOME, although there is nothing much out for it yet, only Ridge Racer and a few fighting games.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0152.jpg

Suburban main road
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0134.jpg

Another council car park. At first I thought that white car was a Chaser...my bad :D
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0107.jpg

It's rare to have a proper garden so ppl seem to make the most of it when they do have one
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0106.jpg

The Japanese-movie cliche of opening your curtains and looking straight into your neighbours apartment is no joke!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0105.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0101.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0100-1.jpg

Suburban vs Shinjuku station scene:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0095.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0087.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0093.jpg

And that's all the pics....until next time eh? :D

Justin Fox
24-11-06, 03:37 PM
What about all the Harajuku funky people?!

[ekkY]
24-11-06, 04:15 PM
yeah the fashion ppl,

and the j-spec girls

van
24-11-06, 04:24 PM
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0101.jpg

Tommy Lee Jones!

Babalouie
24-11-06, 04:33 PM
What about all the Harajuku funky people?!

I didn't go to Harajuku this time...but I did the last time.

Fave memory was standing next to a person in a full-length french maids outfit, black with white frills, apron, etc....it was only after a few moments that I realised that it was actually a bloke wearing it :)

van
24-11-06, 04:40 PM
The bit Baba's not sharing about the french maid story is that he was only moments away from asking for "her" number before he realised it was a dude! ;) :P

Babalouie
24-11-06, 05:04 PM
Trust me, you don't go to Harajuku if you want to ask girls out....unless you really like goth/emo types with heaps of black makeup :D

wilch
24-11-06, 05:56 PM
These photos make me really want to go there and experience it for myself.


Babalouie, you've got a knack for taking photodiary photos. Makes me feel like I'm really there. Can we get you some jdmstyletuning sponsorship and get you to travel all around the world and take photos for us or something? :D

Seriously dude. Love your photos.

Philip Lee
24-11-06, 06:07 PM
how about shots in Korea? nothing interesting????

Babalouie
24-11-06, 06:11 PM
These photos make me really want to go there and experience it for myself.


Babalouie, you've got a knack for taking photodiary photos. Makes me feel like I'm really there. Can we get you some jdmstyletuning sponsorship and get you to travel all around the world and take photos for us or something? :D

Seriously dude. Love your photos.

I'm actually a shit photographer :) It's just that Japan is so "dense" that no matter where you point the camera, there is something to see :D


http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m255/MX5_Dorifto/Japan%20Trip/SANY0101.jpg

Tommy Lee Jones!

Oh yeah, TLJ advertises for BOSS coffee ...in the cans. You see his picture everywhere :D

The ad campaign is er....different:
http://www.suntory.co.jp/softdrink/boss/cm_press/index3.html


how about shots in Korea? nothing interesting????

Um...not really. I was working, so didn't really have any time to go out when I was there :(

rodent
25-11-06, 11:40 PM
Absolutely awesome thread Babs. Thanks for sharing :)

Nic Silvia
30-11-06, 05:26 AM
Cracking stuff. Reminds me how much I want to go there.

CoffeeBoss
02-01-07, 11:57 PM
Suntory Coffee Boss ftw!!!

Did you know he's been the boss of them all since 1992?

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/146/342340020_9c07f15c38.jpg

Sorry - fell head over heals for Coffee Boss branding will in Japan last year. Very close tp purchasing an original Suntory Coffee Boss silk jacket we found in one of the many AWESOME vintage clothing stores. But it was exxy and quite stained.

Nice stuff too, considering you don't really get 'cafe' in the style i'm used to, at least.

Another entertaining thread as always, Babs. Your knowledge of car part purchasing in Japan is fantastic, i totally understand why you probably try to keep your trips under wraps! We only managed to get to Super Autobacs Wow Circuit! in Nagoya while i was there last year. Awesome place, but fairly main-oh, and fairly exxy. The Vintage Vanguard bookshop that was in there, though, dedicated to cars, was just unbelievable.

Babalouie
03-01-07, 12:18 AM
Your knowledge of car part purchasing in Japan is fantastic, i totally understand why you probably try to keep your trips under wraps!

Not really man, now you know where I shop and more importantly, you have a pictorial guide on how to get there :D

I'll be there next w/e for Tokyo Autosalon but I didn't think that was a secret :)

CoffeeBoss
03-01-07, 02:32 PM
I can't remember what this is called but it's food on sticks in fine breadcrumbs that is deep fried. There are restaurants where you just sit there and tell then what to fry up for you, a few sticks at a time. You then dunk it in this communal pot of barbeque sauce. I believe it's from Osaka.

Kev, isn't this another form of katsu? Tonkatsu being pork katsu, there are many types of katsu. We found one of these places in Kyoto, at this awesome fruit and veg markets, and the obaasan and okaachan were laughing at me because i was smashing them down as fast as they could make them. Just too good.




So your off to Autosalon? oh, well in that case, i'll pm you a list of part numbers:D

Can't wait for that photothread! I took 500mb's of photo's at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, and some video. It was awesome. I reckon i'd need a bag full of memory at Autosalon. w00t!