One bonus of setting out to shoot a car for a magazine is that you’ll always end up with ancillary shots not used in the feature. I was organizing some of my files tonight […]
I am very happy (and excited), to announce that we will be returning to Umihotaru PA this November for another gathering of friends and car lovers. Just like last year, we’ve made a Facebook […]
If by chance you found yourself driving on the Hachioji Highway in Kitamachi, West Yokohama, there’s a possibility that you may catch sight of a bright red building in your peripheral […]
Sekinei stopped by Daikoku this past weekend for the first time in quite awhile. It just so happens that Idjiri-san and his friend ‘Sardony’ had cruised through as well. I’ve posted a few […]
A month or so ago Maruyama-san had got together with Sekinei and organized a Civic meet at Daikoku PA that was to be held last weekend. The original idea came about because of […]
Cruised around Daikoku Friday night to find the typical mix of cars and people hanging out. Matt and I slept in Sekinei’s van for like an hour before getting up to walk around; […]
Asami and I were walking about Kamakura this weekend when we spotted this beauty idling down the street. Perhaps a 1976 Carrera RS in iconic Gulf Racing livery. The entire atmosphere […]
Sekinei, Keito and I were driving to lunch after visiting Unlimited Works last weekend when I spotted this pretty cool R33 parked in a lot on the street we were on. I caught […]
Throwing it back to last year when Jay and I stopped by Kunny’z to say hi to Kuniaki-san and Masahiko-san, seen here rocking the Uggs. I had met Kunny-san awhile back briefly, but had […]
I was going to make a wallpaper post out of this, but then out of laziness I just decided to post it here in hi-res because I already posted it on the NDF Instagram […]
Well, it’s March 18th, 2014 and I have no doubt in my mind that the last 18 days of life have been the busiest I’ve ever experienced. I have been going non-stop for […]
It’s been quite some time since I posted something about the ‘日本を見つけた’ series; I believe the last one was on the Sky Tree. I suppose now that we have some new followers I should bring […]
The boys cruised through Shibaura PA this weekend to chase after a few cars they saw at Tatsumi earlier in the night. This FD was one of the more interesting ones. Our friend Riyouiti-san […]
Almost mythical in presence; one of Japan’s few F40’s paid us a visit at Tatsumi PA one Saturday night. It’s almost unreal to see one of these in person – every true carboy’s […]
Spent a good amount time at Tatsumi PA last night with a couple friends. The moist, warm air, the late night atmosphere, good people, the coffee, the cars; it’s nice being back here. It’ll […]
Head on over to the wallpaper page to grab a hi-res shot of these two MKIII Supra’s tunnel blasting through Kawasaki K6 Line – Yokohama, Kanagawa. Bayside Heroes x Narita Dog Fight
One of the surprise guests at the last NDF Cafe that we held, belonged to a friend of Sekinei’s. サワダさん got quite a bit of attention from everyone when he rolled into Umihotaru in his […]
High Power & Save Energy. The words that make up the entire mission statement of Revolfe S.A.; a tuning shop most famous for it’s high power, wangan inspired builds. Earlier in the week, Sekinei […]
Please enjoy these two shots of my friend Tayama-san’s Z32. I will assure you, the mild aero that this car is equipped with is not just for aesthetics. This car has, at one point, […]
One night in Yokohama, my friend and I went out to dinner to a restaurant in LaLa Port; a giant shopping center near Kamoi station. If you remember my last post about Advance, you’ll […]
Rainy Yokohama x スーパーメイド
We pick up on circuit late morning in Tsukuba, where, lap by lap, the times are decreasing ever so slightly. By this time, many of the drivers have recorded personal bests or were well on […]
As the morning sun rose over Tsukuba, and the clock closed in on 9am, the lighthearted paddock conversations gave way to a sound that I’m not even clever enough to describe in words. The first […]
Out of all the times I’ve come to Japan, very rarely does it ever snow. I think, of the 6 years I’ve been traveling here, I’ve only encountered snow once or twice, and it’s never […]
As the final sunset passes, I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for your continued support throughout 2012. NDF wouldn’t be what it is today without the backing of our friends and […]
Looking back at the pictures from Nao’s 90’s Cafe Meet at Heiwajima PA, I’m realizing that the turnout was quite good; better than I had anticipated actually. Throughout the night, various cars from the 90’s […]
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting a shop that I have had on my list for quite some time; Advance Flatout. I’ve known about this shop and it’s involvement in […]
After some friends and I got done playing around taking photos on the expressway one night, we headed over to Shibaura parking area to see if there was anything going on. Daikoku was […]
Under Suzuki doing his thing at Tsukuba. Great shot from JDM Clips ~ visit to see this in action.
Last time I was in Japan, which seems like ages ago, I stopped by ASM in Yokohama once again to check out what they had hanging around the shop. This time though, rather than just […]
I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying, “Some of the best things in life are free”. A saying most likely referring to memories or moments in time. For the most part I’d agree, as it’s happened to me several times. The things in life that are the most special often happen unexpectedly and in the most obscure places – take this encounter for example. If you want to get technical with it, this moment wasn’t technically free, but I can say that it was both unexpected and obscure; crazy any way you want to look at it. On our way back to Tokyo from Motegi, my friend and I had decided to pull over at a rest stop for a bite to eat and a little refill of caffeine (in the form of some Emerald Mountain Blend). The long drive back on the expressway had started taking it’s toll on us and after spending an entire day shooting an endurance race, the last thing you want to do is drive for 2 hours back home. As we pulled into the parking area, and drove towards the back to park, we noticed a trailer with a pair of Nissan’s resting atop. As we got closer we realized it was the two Okabe Jidosha Taikyu team’s cars. I suppose they had the same idea as us and stopped for a little break. Not one to miss a photo-op, I grabbed my camera and tripod and snapped a few shots before we went into the restaurant (You can see one of the shots here – I’ll post more later). As we were eating our curry and whatever the hell else I had ordered, we kept trying to pick out who was involved in the racing team. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to tell just by looking at someone, but we tried anyway. We finished up, grabbed some coffee from vending, and made our way back to the car when we saw this. Click past the break for more – I promise you won’t see stuff like this anywhere else.
One random evening, after a few passes through the infamous C1, my friend from JDM Clips and I decided to cruise through to the Daikoku PA to see if there was anything going on. Unfortunately the entire parking area was closed for a reason that I can’t remember at the moment. We’re not ones to give up so easily though, and made our way to a few other spots. One smaller PA my friend had suggested we check out was located underneath the Bay Bridge – so away we went. Turns out it was a good idea because there was a good handful of RX-7’s that were meeting up there. We parked and took a stroll through the tiny lot, but didn’t really see anybody around. I think most of the owners were inside grabbing a bite to eat or a refreshment. I went back to the car, grabbed my camera and attempted to grab some decent shots in the dark lot with no tripod. I actually wanted to post these up sooner, but considering today is the unofficial day of the RX-7, it seems fitting to post now. Click past the break to see what was hiding under the bridge.
. You can tell this was edited awhile ago because of the old watermark; proof that I have a lot of content that’s waiting to be posted. I’m almost embarrassed to call this another ‘Preview’ […]
One of the cool things about going to a race event in Japan, is all the other things that come along with it. Good food, merchandise and car part vendors, free goodies, concerts, and the paddock and pit areas. Super GT had it all and then some. In the vendor area of Fuji Speedway, Yokohama had a fairly large booth set up with a couple display cars. One of the cars was this red FT-86 sitting on a matte black set of Advan RG-D’s. I thought it was a really clean example of what the FT-86 can look like with the simplest of modifications. Click past the break for a full shot.
A few years ago, if you were to have asked someone stateside if they knew what Auto Gallery Yokohama was, you’d probably get a blank stare. Or perhaps someone would say that it’s an automotive museum in Yokohama; which, per se, wouldn’t be a bad guess. Bottom line is that no one would know who they were or what they did. Actually, around 3 years ago, even I wouldn’t have known much about them. My first exposure to their now iconic battle-spec R32 was in an Option magazine a few years back. It was a panning shot of the Skyline blazing down the straight of Fuji Speedway. Since then, the just about every part of the car has gone through a massive amount of changes. The bottom line remains the same though; to be the fastest. And in many ways AG-Y has succeeded in doing so. The car constantly breaks records at Fuji and holds respectable times around Tsukuba. For a private company, there is no doubt it holds it’s own in a fight against the big dogs (see what I did there? – NDF!). I recently stopped by Auto Gallery Yokohama’s garage to see for myself the car that I’ve been dreaming about for years and get an up close and personal look at it’s heart. Click past the break for more.
. . Last year, during one of my trips to Sakuragicho, I watched the sun set from the Landmark Tower observation deck. While I was waiting I decided to film some traffic. I was able […]
This past weekend at Fuji Speedway, GT-R Magazine held ‘R’s Meeting 2011’, a giant gathering of Skyline owners and their cars. This event seems to be extremely similar to the Skyline Festival; which was sponsored by Nissan. Exhibitions and ride-alongs were given throughout the day from the various tuners that attended. One car that I will always be happy to see, and will eventually get to photograph one day, is the Auto Gallery Yokohama R32. This has always been my favorite Skyline build and I’m excited to share some photos with you – compliments of JDM Clips. Click past the break for a few quick snaps.
One thing that continually amazes me about Japan is the sheer density of the place. You can spend a month contained in a one mile radius and still not see everything. I find myself in Yokohama quite often and was surprised that I had never been to ASM before. Under the arm of the Autobacs flagship name, ASM Yokohama offers not only specialized S2000 parts and tuning, but probably the best selection of Recaro seats you’ll ever find; short of catching a flight to Germany. I took a brief tour of the shop last time I was in the area – check out the pics past the break. “To the stage that no one could reach. Yes, we can!”
. I actually heard this R35 before I saw it. This is an intersection near みなとみらい (Minato Mirai 21), pretty close to the base of the Landmark Tower. Actually, if you’re on the upper walkway […]