Firstly, the photos from my December 2009 trip:
I've kept the pics to the bare minimum for the story but those on slower connections might want to go grab a cup of coffee.
Finally arrived in Shinjuku at about 10pm and it was pouring rain. This was to be the theme of the Holiday really - I think I experienced all of Japan's December Rainfall during the days I visited.
Was quite buggered so after checking in, went down to trusty McDonalds for an Ebi Burger (Prawn Burger). I figured if I was going to eat McDonalds in Japan I may as well get something that I can't get locally, and can I just say GREAT SUCCESS! Ebi Burger is awesome! I wish we had these in Aus.
Retired back to the Hotel to watch some TV. Super Beaver, WTF? I sat and watched this in amusement for quite some time. Emo kids and some whack puppet with a funny voice.
Woke up the next morning nice and early ready to go collect our first hire car. The weather was thankfully much clearer.
We found a 24hr Cafe near to the hotel that was pretty good for fast cheap food. I opted for a Chicken Katsu Curry for breakfast. It was REALLY tasty!
Ventured on to pick up hire car #1, which was a Mazda Alexa (3) 4WD. Gutless and horrid but easy enough to drive around town. First stop, Chiba Super Autobacs
The car park was full of some pretty cool rides. I'm not sure exactly what this thing is, but I know it's a Daihatsu.
I really liked this R32. It was absolutely immaculate inside out.
Inside Autobacs was like Autobarn on steroids, and maybe acid too. There was lots of crazy stuff to buy! Unfortunately I was very limited on storage space for goodies so couldn't go ballistic in the air fresheners section like I wanted. Grabbed a few though, a couple of Hello Kitty ones too.
They had heaps of bling accessories for your VIP car. Some were cool but most pretty gaudy.
Next we headed for Crystal, took the wrong driveway though but found this beast hiding
Crystal, ZING! There was a tasty white JZX90 in the garage being worked on at the time.
I wasn't a fan of the new Work wheel design until I saw this stand. They look so hot in the satin black finish with the right size/offset to give dish and concave. Very similar to CE28N I think.
These ones really stole my heart though, lol.
This somehow found its way upstairs
Crystal had so many great things. Unfortunately a lot of what I wanted wasn't in stock so I came away with only a few parts.
Amongst all the crazy JDM vans you see the odd American one. This one had Watanabes I think - pimp
I spotted this Crown (I think?) driving past. I'm probably alone on this one but I dig 2 tone.
Next stop for the day was Up Garage. These guys have so much in the way of second hand parts. A few bargains amongst the lot but not much to suit my car that I don't already have. Plenty of wheels (this was about 1/3 of their collection on display)
Coil overs galore, cheap seats in the background
This turned up as we were leaving, lots of vans like this in Japan. I'm a fan.
Before I left, had to grab a drink for the road. Dr Pepper hell yes! The Up Garage vending machine plays music and makes broom broom noises, I like it.
Battled the traffic and headed back to park the car up at the hotel overnight. Went for a quiet beer near the hotel with my mate. So many great beers on tap in Japan! This HUB "english" pub had the soccer on so we dropped by. Weirdly they remove the head from the beer though. Gimme my foam back dammit!
Next morning I headed out to Yashio Factory to grab my pink bits for the Silvia. The workshop was pretty dead that day, a young girl and dude sat in the tiny office and that was it. They spoke no English so I relied on the very few Japanese words I know to grab the couple of parts I wanted. They had a nice 180 in pieces in the garage.
Afterwards, I headed to Disney Land. Was kind of boring due to lack of awesome rides but there were a few cool ones. It rained half way through the day so everyone rushed for the shops. Couldn't buy much merchandise due to the human crush happening inside.
Pepper Lunch was conveniently located near my hotel. I love Pepper Lunch!