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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:19 am 

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Looking at your photos on the Boso Penn makes me want to take a visit just to go haikyo hunting. I bet there are plenty of sleeping relics just waiting for an explore.

I also dig the exposure and color saturation of your photos. Is that on film/post-edit/etc.?


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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:12 pm 
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Sideglide wrote:
I bet there are plenty of sleeping relics just waiting for an explore.
I've spent many, many years doing just that, and still find new & interesting places. So, you would be able to pack an entire trip with just haikyo ten times over if you wanted. You would however need a car, perhaps a light 4WD one at that... And a tolerant companion too of course.

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I also dig the exposure and color saturation of your photos. Is that on film/post-edit/etc.?
Thanks! Though there are a few digi-snaps here, the ones with exposure latitude and saturation are simply film with no post camera processing. Color is either FujiPro 400 or Kodak Ektar 100, and the white-and-black ones Ilford XP2 Super. With most photographs viewed these days as being digitally sourced, and with most generic snaps being from people's mobile electric speaking telephones, anything shot on film looks special. As much as I would like to take credit as a brilliant photographer, film takes the prize here. Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:54 am 
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Welcome to the new year. Oshogatsu had us at our local temple, ringing in the new year, and burning last year's stuff. The last day of the break also had us making a smooth run down to Super Ricoland for some 4-stroke mineral motorcycle oil for the Hachi. Through Ginza, down the wan we played tag with a few interesting machines.

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The Shamal would have been the pick of the day, except for this delightful Honda:

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Plus, a few more rides from a week ago...

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What was my local battery shop:

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:34 am 
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The tunnel was so small, the CR-V needed to pull in its mirrors. The 90-degree corner in the middle almost stopped us:

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The name on the sign was familiar:

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Anything one millimeter bigger than a CR-V was not going to get there though:

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On the way down, we stopped to admire the pending dondo-yaki being built for next week's celebration:

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With a nearby barn holding one of the four or five Mitsubishi jeeps in the area:

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Typical rural scene in Boso - mum's runabout wagon, dad's kei-truck, and son's stanced-out Infiniti badged Skyline:

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More to follow in a bit after Moomin & I get out there again with some real cameras... See ya! Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:07 pm 

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You have a point about real film standing out. I haven't used film for the better part of 15 years just because I had not mastered it enough to justify the price of buying film and development.

Summary: My mistakes in ruined film was too costly so I went to digital.

Maybe I can try film again now that I have a better understanding of shot framing, exposure, etc.

That LA gangsta Honda is a special kind of dumb... :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:48 pm 
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Almost as gangster as this...

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:55 pm 

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Kuroneko wrote:
Thanks! Though there are a few digi-snaps here, the ones with exposure latitude and saturation are simply film with no post camera processing. Color is either FujiPro 400 or Kodak Ektar 100, and the white-and-black ones Ilford XP2 Super. With most photographs viewed these days as being digitally sourced, and with most generic snaps being from people's mobile electric speaking telephones, anything shot on film looks special. As much as I would like to take credit as a brilliant photographer, film takes the prize here. Neko.


I've been meaning to ask for the past couple of years: do you also post pictures on Photo.net? The photos (especially the B&W) that you post here have the same "feeling" as a member (who also lives in Japan) on Photo.net and so I've always wondered. Thought I would ask now since you're talking about film...

I love your photos, btw...


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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:47 am 
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Stevester wrote:
I've been meaning to ask for the past couple of years: do you also post pictures on Photo.net? The photos (especially the B&W) that you post here have the same "feeling" as a member (who also lives in Japan) on Photo.net and so I've always wondered. Thought I would ask now since you're talking about film... I love your photos, btw...
Thanks of course! Not me on Photo.net though...
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That LA gangsta Honda is a special kind of dumb... :lol:
Indeed it is. Japan is like that of course (as you know). Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:06 am 
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Most years, we get a few snowfalls in Tokyo. This year we received two - at least five times as large as usual. A bit of a mess in some places, but we largely coped OK. Okutama and outlaying areas aside perhaps... The path I scraped so we could walk to the corner:

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Lucky it was mostly on Saturday night into Sunday...

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Hopefully, that was the last for the year... Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:00 pm 
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So far the fifth snowiest winter on record here in Chicago, I guess. Ready for warm weather!


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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:43 pm 

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So happy to see Neko still posting beautiful photos looks like I have some catching up to do!


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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:02 am 
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A regular haunt for friends has been a brunch down the street at Daikanyama - fresh juice, coffee, and bagels. Arriving sometimes a bit earlier than the others, I was intrigued by the bigger than usual array of interesting cars parked outside the adjacent bookshop. Asking around, I was told from 07:00 to 09:00 on a Sunday once a month, the car park fills up with interesting cars. Nothing particular, just 'interesting'. With a Sunday free, I took the Hachi out for an early morning blast on open Tokyo streets. Warming up outside my local yakitori restaurant (so as to not wake the neighbors):

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Five minutes later (short drive), parked next to an Alpine:

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Then, the rest of the crew started to arrive:

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A snarling G-nosed Z:

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Racing wiper alignment:

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Nicely aged all over:

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Unlike this mint Honda Accord LX, from 1981:

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It was literally unmarked, or aged in anyway. The rubbers alone were fresh & supple. Really an incredible machine, made even more unique in being a LHD USDM version.

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Being a Seven sponsored event (at least last Sunday), there was more than a few. Here an original Lotus Seven:

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A Mog then BRAAAAPPED on in:

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Followed by a classic Giugiaro 1970s' wedge:

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A real 427 Cobra:

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Leaving with my bagels for breakfast back at home with the wife, I was chased by a pack of screaming red beasts (and a Wolseley):

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With different cars every month, I wonder what the next time will hold? Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:31 pm 
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WOW! Looks like a great way to start a Sunday. :D
Some pretty cool cars. Especially like the A110 and the 240ZG, though the closed Ginetta is pretty neat too.
Bet you'll be back next time... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:30 am 
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Wednesday, a few weeks ago. Sakura are out and the temperatures are on the rise. Some of us met at Ebina SA:

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An AE86, Hako, GT-R, and the Hachi:

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For a run down to Hakone, via the Ashinoko & Hakone Skyline:

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Taking turns chasing through the twisty bits and swapping cars:

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Next time, we'll ask someone with a Silvia so we've got a car each from the 1960s, the 1970s, the 1980s, the 1990s, and the 2000s...

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Over some of the greatest toge in Japan, with some of the greatest views:

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It was hard to get back in the Hachi for the drive back to Tokyo, we did however manage to squeeze in the usual excellent lunch on the way home - this time a bukkake maguro-don with hand-made shumai & tempura. See ya! Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:07 pm 
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Was amused coming out of the rest stop to find that you two had moved your cars to get a shot with the semi.

Fantastic day! Seems like a dream.


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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:32 am 
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You left too soon there Moomin! Wednesday we went kyusha shopping... Started at the usual place:

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A regular these days around the Palace it seems:

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The start of the roll from last week's hanami:

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Mr President again:

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To the garage, for some interesting options, including five 2000GT:

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One or two under-going full restoration for customers with the note none to be sold outside of Japan:

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In our price bracket though, a Nissan Prince 2000GT-B:

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One of two we looked at this day, in ivory it looked fantastic on those black wheels:

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This one was in glorious condition:

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As were some of its garage mates:

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Driving home I swapped smoking exhausts with an ex-Englander's Lammie:

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Stopping for coffee on the way home, we parked at the local university:

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More on the GT-Bs to follow! We hope... Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:26 pm 
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When did the S800's hood change colors? haha

Love the pictures, as always. Please keep them coming!

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:09 am 
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When did the S800's hood change colors? haha

When this happened:

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I wanted a quick fix, so I bought this in FRP:

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and had it wrapped. Back on the road!

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Love the pictures, as always. Please keep them coming!

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
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Awesome pics, the S800 is looking great with the new bonnet.


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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:50 pm 

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To say I'm incredibly jealous of you buying that S54 would be an understatement, haha. It would definitely be going to a good home, that's for sure though. It looks like a really nice, clean car and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it. :D


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