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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 7:31 am 
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I think I took like eight shots of that Renault...


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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 3:37 pm 
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I think I took like eight shots of that Renault...

I've got more than a few too...

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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 9:06 am 
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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 3:30 pm 

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Awesome stuff, cheers. The Tokyo expressways can make for quite impressively quick and easy journeys on the very rare occasions that they aren't chock-a-block with traffic.


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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:38 am 

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Wow, just read through this whole thread and realised I must have lived mere blocks from you! I was in Setagaya san-chome for four years, and then Wakabayashi san-chome for four more, leaving about a year ago. I was regularly out in my Savanna in the area (and indeed at more than a few of the locations you've shown in this thread). You may recognise this location:

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:32 pm 
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Savannarx3 wrote:
You may recognise this location:

Indeed! How cool is that? Where are you now? Love those wheels on the RE! Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
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She wears Australian plates now.

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I sent the car home in early 2011, and I followed a year back, I should update location in my profile. I had to send it back in advance because I wanted to take a JMC (Japanese modern car) home with me, and needed the garage space to house it for a year (import regs). I brought a 1973 Mazda Familia Rotary Coupe with me as well. Always too many cars!


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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:48 am 
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Love that color! Any more Streets of Tokyo shots? Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:57 am 
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One road you do not want to drive. The view from the sky:

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The view from one of the local roads, looking up:

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Climbing through the near impenetrable forest and undergrowth, a clue as to when whatever happened happened, during construction:

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The view from where the road emerges from the undergrowth:

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Looking up the hill:

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Climbing the steep approach:

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Standing on the edge of a particularly scary explore, we enjoyed the view. Built as a private approach road to a hilltop shrine, with construction stopped after a failure perhaps due to an earthquake in the 1990s (or so some internet theories suggest). Neko.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:54 pm 
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Very cool!


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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:18 pm 
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Neko, does the private shrine still exist? Was it ever built in the first place?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:48 pm 
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Neko, does the private shrine still exist? Was it ever built in the first place?
Yes. The shrine still exists. It was likely built many hundreds of years ago, and can still be reached by a path up the hillside. Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:40 pm 
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It always amazes me to see how the Japanese abandon things like this.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:43 am 

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Just went through this whole thread. Amazing stuff, thanks for posting all this, Neko.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:37 pm 
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Lost in the database crash, a short trip down the Boso Hanto. You can invent your own words... Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:58 am 
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Tanking up for a quick run across town at my local stando, she agreed the RS Watanabe matched the car nicely:

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Up Yamate-dori:

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Local Tokio registered since new 86:

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NSX on the way to work past the Imperial Palace, also on original Tokio plates:

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This 86 seems to be following me about;

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500SL burbles past on the Shuto-ko:

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Original Nerima registered positively old car:

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Sequentially registered Tama Shirobai:

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My old street:

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See ya! Neko.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:08 am 
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Everytime I read this thread I fall in love with Japan all over again!

Mindblowing as ever Neko, thank you so much man! :D

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Best thread on here.

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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:50 am 

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this thread ignites my intense wanderlust, unfortunately I can't afford a big trip to Japan right now, not to mention my son is in school...


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 Post subject: Re: OT: Japanese Roads - And Other Interesting Places.
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:02 am 
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Thanks folks! Kouper - you could always do what we did, put them in a school in Japan... Not your usual tourist destination here (even less so perhaps than my usual stuff) - the Oya Stone Mine. Used as a source of stone for a number of Frank Lloyd Wrights creations in Japan, the whole area is stone-centric, with many interesting roads, explorations, and of course the main mine itself. Used as a source of the special stone, its cavernous halls being used for plane production during WW2. Invisible from the air, it remained undiscovered until cessation of hostilities...

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The place is HUGE. Underground. Quiet as quiet. Strange and with a haunted feeling with no one else about...

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The local landscape is amazing, and the stone features in countless local facilities...

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A local hotel, embedded in the rock:

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Falling apart, it looks like a Lloyd Wright building:

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A local garage similarly is falling apart, we hope for a minty, dust-covered classic, but nothing but a few old signs:

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I've got a second set of pics somewhere, and I will try and dig them out as well. Neko.

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