Holy shit man, I can’t believe we actually crammed all of this car stuff into one full day. After arriving in Tokyo the afternoon before, we head out to do some shop visits. As you saw in Part 1, we stopped by Type One, Seeker, and Skills. Right after Skills, we made the long drive over to Saitama to visit JUN Auto. JUN is a legendary tuning company that I always looked up to so it was quite a surprise when Chiba made plans to take us there. The only downside of visiting JUN around this time was that it was Tokyo Auto Salon set-up day, and most of the cars were already at the show. Still, we walked around the facility to see what was there and some familiar vehicles popped-up. We left JUN soon after and headed over to Roppongi Hills to attend the annual Rauh Welt Begriff Party. RWB throws a meet inside the Hard Rock Cafe parking lot every year on the Thursday before TAS and since we arrived early in Tokyo this year, I was actually able to see everything. Normally, I arrive in Tokyo late Thursday and we only get to see the very end of the meet. I spent about an hour or so in Roppongi taking in all the RWB awesomeness before eventually leaving to Daiba for the Super Street “Tokyo Fresh Meet”.
This meet was pure mayhem. So many cars showed-up that it actually caused quite a stir with the police and Japanese media. The event even ended up on the news because of all the commotion it brought to the Daiba area. I walked outside for a bit and saw cars doing burnouts in the street and even saw some civilians hop out of their cars during traffic to yell at the local police because traffic was so congested. It was crazy. Meanwhile, inside, the meet was going on quite peacefully actually and so I captured some footage of some of the cars parked within.
We’re baaaaaackkkk! 2016 was a spectacular year and 2017 is off to a great start with my annual trek back to Japan for the Tokyo Auto Salon event. I’ve gone for the last 5 years now and I just don’t think my life would be complete without attending TAS every year. Many have come and gone, experienced Japan with no aspirations to go back again, but the country is like a second home to me and I look forward to every trip back there. It only makes sense that we kick off the 2017 season of the Vlog series in Japan because there is just so much awesome that comes from there…
In Part 1, Tiffanie and I arrive in Tokyo to meet up with Yuta and our Japanese friend Chiba. Yuta had already been in Japan prior to our arrival to spend time with his mom. After we arrive, we grab some delicious food as usual and we dive right into our automotive adventures. I always try to make a stop over at Spoon Sports and Type One whenever I am in Japan, so I spent my first full day in Tokyo doing car stuff and visiting Type One. They were doing some renovations to the shop, and there weren’t really any new builds there that needed documentation, so our visit was brief. Spoon is more of the logistical side of the business with few things to see so I decided to skip that visit. After Type One, we stop by a couple of other spots and check out the cars at the various stops. As usual, this series will be multiple parts since I spent about 10 days in Japan. Tokyo Auto Salon is the main attraction of course, but there is so much more to come. Enjoy and welcome back. Continue reading
Last year’s Tokyo Meet was epic so let’s get together again in Japan and have a blast. This year, we’re taking it to one of the most popular destinations in Toyko, see you there!! Please share if you’re going!! みんな大歓迎！
Jan. 14, 2017
Akihabara UDX (B2)