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Here we go, SEASON 2! The Chronicles Vlog is back now for 2016 documenting our many adventures in Japan! I take my annual trip to Tokyo, Japan for the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon event and later travel to Osaka to spend time with friends. This time around, I have some first-timers along for the journey along with the usual suspects who you’ve come to know well from my other Vlogs.

Part 4 picks up on the Monday following Tokyo Auto Salon 2016. We spent the Sunday before just exploring Tokyo and doing some touristy/shopping-type stuff but Monday was dedicated to visiting some tuning shops in the local area. I’ve developed a pretty good relationship with Spoon Sports over the years, thanks to my friend Aaron from Spoon Sports USA, so I always make it a point to stop by to see what is new whenever I’m in Tokyo. Spoon itself is just a office and shipping department so there isn’t ever much going on over there, but Type ONE is where all the toys are at. The Spoon NSX-R just recently made it back over to Japan after spending a year over here in California but the big news there is that they’ve begun tinkering with the new Honda S660. There weren’t any notable upgrades yet as they’ve just started on the new chassis so we hang out at Type ONE to look at some classics there. My boy Chuy is a HUGE Spoon Sports fan, probably one of the biggest fans I know, so I really wanted to show him around the two spots. He also wanted to have Spoon president Ichishima sign something of his as a collector. You’ll have to see in the video if the ever-illusive Tatsuru Ichishima pops up at the office or not. Enjoy…

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What’s up all. I’m currently right in the middle of packing for my trip to Hawaii for the annual Wekfest event but decided that it be best for me to get some more content up for you guys to look at before I go. I have so much stuff to post, along with the rest of the other six Vlogs that I can’t really afford to just not do anything and relax. My flight is in a couple hours but I think I’ve been sleeping way too much lately so here are some more photos from Tokyo Auto Salon 2016. I’m trying to keep everything in the order in which it happened so the Vlogs make sense and the photo coverage isn’t out of order. That is why we have this week-long gap in-between Vlogs. They’re all done, I’m just waiting for the right time to post them. They get better as the trip progresses, trust me. I gotta go run around Hawaii and do Wekfest stuff so I’ll catch up with everyone later. Peep the photos in the mean time…

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I love Tokyo Auto Salon. I really do. After going the last couple of years, I’ll admit that maybe my excitement has waned a little bit but I really do look forward to going. I just really enjoy the idea of going to an event and seeing so many new build unveiled. Some of my other friends who go with me don’t seem as into the idea of walking the show floors for two-days straight but sometimes I wish I could go all three days. The only thing stopping me from going to all three days is the ridiculous crowd that rolls into the show every year. There were so many people there this year that there were times when it was difficult to simply walk around to check out a car. Still, I put forth my best effort to try to capture the builds that caught my eye the most at the show. I was a little bummed I didn’t stay all of Saturday but that is just what happens when you travel with a sizable group. It didn’t seem like they really wanted to be there anymore and I wasn’t going to be the only one that forced everyone to stay. I think once all this commotion of going to Japan wears down, I’ll still be walking around at TAS taking in the ambiance of the event and seeing all the great cars there. I saw so many people from America at TAS this year that it almost felt like I was still at home, haha. Apparently this year was THE year to go to the show. Its good to see familiar faces but man, it almost felt claustrophobic seeing all these people there…

The Vlogs seem to be catching on and growing in popularity so I’m happy that people are sitting down and watching all of them. I’m honestly way ahead with the videos compared to the photos I shot and am nearly finished with all 10-11 parts. There are only three uploaded on YouTube for now but I honestly want to put a good gap in-between all the videos to show you guys these photos. The photo coverage is where this site got its start so I don’t want to alienate the people that come here for that. I feel the write-ups don’t need to be nearly as lengthy anymore because the videos do a good job of showing what the event is like. More so than my words ever did. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the three Vlogs that are up on YouTube right now, please spend a few minutes to check those out as well. They are good, I promise…

There is so much going on lately that I am already getting a good understanding of just how busy 2016 will be. While I’m going through video and photos, I also have to find a solid place to live and plan out the year with the trips I’ll be going on to cover more events. While I was going through some video, a flood of water came rushing into the shop because the neighbor directly next to me had a plumbing issue that flooded his entire shop. There was so much water that it came into my shop and soaked up all my carpet. Luckily I had good friends here to help me clean up the mess. It would have been a complete disaster had no one been here and the water continued to come inside. I think I just need some time to breathe or take a step back to take a break before this all becomes too overwhelming, haha. Life is good, I cannot lie, but boy are things getting a little crazy right now…

Enjoy the first part below. Like I said, I have like 1000s of photos to go over and this is just a small portion of it. Stayed tuned for more photos along with the upcoming Vlogs of our journeys in Japan…

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