Day 14 was my last day in Tokyo and man was it ever a long one. Check out everything after the jump!
The day started off pretty well, spotting this clean blacked out R35!
Yep, the Tomica store! This is the same one featured in the Speedhunters article here. Sadly, there wasn't really very many interesting things this time..:\
I then took the train over a few stops to Akihabara to go check out Yodabashi Camera to see what other goodies they have. It's a bit wierd having big stores like this be on 8 or 9 Floors, instead of one or 2 huge ones like in the US. lol
While the contract exchange was going on, this pretty clean Mark II Chaser with BBS wheels pulled out from the alley infront of us. haha Its such a shame we don't have awesome 2JZ 4-door cars in the US..:(
By this time it was already around 1am, but I kind of wanted to go back to check out Daikokufuto again. So, we hopped in the Kei car beast, got on the legendary C1 Loop to do some late night wangan runs!
Those of you who have plated Tokyo Extreme Racer, or other japanese racing games know how annoying, but also useful these lane seperators can be. Its worth noting shoving another car into these in real life at 300km/h is probably not a very good idea. :p
hmm...stay on the C1 loop, or hitup the legendary Wangan/BayShore route...
We decided to hop off the C1, and head towards Daikoku. Along the way, we ran into this super popular tunnel that's been featured many times in various Option videos like this one
One thing that really jumped out at me, is why Ken kept putting his hand on his visor from time-to-time. Turns out, that when speed cameras take pictures, they MUST have a picture of your license plate AND your face. If you hide you face, they can't legally give you the ticket!!! much nicer than here in the US. lol
We finally arrived at Daikokufuto, but decided to do some scouting around on the outer areas to see if there was any drifting going on. Years back, ken used to go drifting here alot, so we went to check out some old spots he knew of.
We stopped off at a small convenience store to grab some snacks, and decide whether to give up an head back to daikoku, or do some more exploring. By this time, it was already almos 2am, and I had to wake up in another 3 hours. >< Apparently, there was a big accident recently in the area when a car was drifting and slammed into a big crowd of people, killing a few. so, they moved on to some other areas. :\
While it wasn't quite as crowded this time even though it was a saturday night, there were still plenty of interesting cars to check out. One of them being this Peugot or Citroen that had a huuge wing. lol
Off in the corner was this guy in another FD doing some quick tuning on his laptop, before heading out for some more wangan runs I assume. I chatted with him for a bit, bit he didn't seem to be in the mood. lol
One thing I didn't realize was that they turn the lights off on Tokyo Tower after midnight in order to save power. By this time it was already 3am, and I needed to get some kind of sleep before Derek came banging on my hotel door at 6am. lol I can't wait to get back out to the Wangan in a proper car, and do some high speed runs! ^_^ Huge thanks to Ken for driving around everywhere, and coming out to Tokyo to meetup!
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