Earlier this month, we stretched the meaning of island hopping a little bit and hopped from Hawaii over to Japan! My Instagram (@yaeantho) has been a sneak peak of our travel diaries, but below is Part 2 – Tourists’ Dream…don’t forget to check out my other 2 posts Aloha Japan Part 1 – Offset Kings Japan 2014 and Part 3 (coming soon!). WARNING…100+ photos, but don’t forget to slow down for some sporadic words!
After some extensive research on Japan Guide and the rest of the interwebs, we finalized our 2 week itinerary to include 5 areas (Hakone, Fuji, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo) and bought our Japan Rail Pass which gave us unlimited use of 80% of the rail system (the other 20% were metro/subway and required Pasmo/Suica cards). Armed with this knowledge as well as a portable WiFi hotspot from the airport (which allowed us to use social media, Google Maps and Translate), we were ready!
We started off our adventure by taking the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Hakone to see the shrine on Lake Ashi.
After the show, we said our goodbyes to the crew and continued our Shinkansen journey further westward to the metropolis of Osaka.
We went to Kiyomizudera Temple, but didn’t pay admission to go in because a lot of it was under construction.
To start the final leg of our 2 week tour of Japan, we parted ways from Osaka with one final Shikansen trip back to Tokyo for our last 5 days of adventure. Tsukiji’ Fish Market is definitely an early mission; we were too late for the auction, so we just caught some action at the wholesale market.
Our AirBnB host recommended this curry restaurant called Little Shop, which was only open on weekdays from 11 AM to 1 PM…this was the line at 10:45 AM! No English menu, no problem…we’ll take the special!
We took a short train ride outside of Tokyo to go antiquing in Nishi-Ogikubo.
Imperial Palace…the outer wall is the most you’ll see unless you do a reserved tour
Fujifilm Square in Roppongi
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku
We’ve been to Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida, so a highlight of our trip was Tokyo Disney Resort! Since Tokyo DisneySea is unique to Japan, we spent the majority of our day there but were still able to have enough time to go to Tokyo Disneyland on a Night Passport!Features, Life, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged aloha, antique, Disney, disneyland, fuji, gundam, harajuku, hawaii, hello kitty, japan, JDM, kyoto, odaiba, osaka, photography, shibuya, tokyo, tourist, travel, wanderlust | Leave a comment 25/07/2014
Our judges always have their work cut out for them when it comes to the show at Evergreen. Everyone comes correct with an awesome build and it can be difficult to pick a handful to receive top honors. This time around, we gave out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in 6 different categories. Here are the winners…
1st Place – Slammed
2nd Place – Slammed
3rd Place – Slammed
1st Place – Classic
2nd Place – Classic
3rd Place – Classic
1st Place – JDM
2nd Place – JDM
3rd Place – JDM
1st Place – Euro
2nd Place – Euro
3rd Place – Euro
1st Place – Race/Track
2nd Place – Race/Track
3rd Place – Race/Track
1st Place – VIP
2nd Place – VIP
3rd Place – VIP
We want to personally thank everyone that registered and everyone that came out to check out our show at Evergreen Speedway. We hope to see you all next year.Posted in Events, Hellaflush, main, Motorsports, Slammed Society, Stayfresh Crew | Leave a comment 25/07/2014
Here’s our adventures around Tokyo. Just randomly shooting with some captions along with the images.
Brooklyn getting a haircut.
My friend Verdy. He’s an extremely good artist. We did a collab a few years back and are working on something for a future release.
Escaping the countryside and heading to Tokyo. Photo of Teru going into the light…
Brooklyn was very intrigued by the chandelier at Nike Harajuku. Football themed everything….
Brian was super stoked to be in tokyo. Check out his rad umbrella.
Ferrari alert.. Omotesando Street in Harajuku. Come here at night and chill out..
Always & Forever
Bikes at Stussy Harajuku. Styles have changed alot here…
Best Curry restaurant in Tokyo.
Showing off my style. New Black Label North Face, Mooneyes Chopsticks Cap, Levi’s, New Balance 1300, and my trusty 6D.
Graffiti in Japan doesnt stop.
Nicely placed drips..
Supreme / Neighborhood stop a must while touring around Harajuku.
Eggs’n Things ridiculous long line. Same line can be seen in Oahu, Hawaii.
The guy at Nike Harajuku recognized us and pulled up the website. Good meeting you.
That chandelier is pretty damn awesome.
Taking that JR metro..
Brian walking against traffic. Always fun to do this…
Cheap pull backs but they’re so fun and detailed. Hunters collection grew with some of the new releases.
I really liked this thing. Not sure what it was but it was kinda cool.
Leaving the hotel once again…
Brooklyn enjoying Cat Street in Harajuku. It just rained so the streets looked all slick.
Brian driving in Japan! He was stoked about this experience.
Kenta. One of my favorite people in Tokyo. Always good catching up.
Teru’s parking in Shibuya. Kenta was very stoked to see this car in Shibuya.
More graffiti.. Til next time…Posted in Motorsports, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged harajuku, japan, offset kings, OKJP, tokyo | 4 Comments 24/07/2014
I’m back in LA. After a 24 hour recovery period from my vacation, I bring you my Pac Northwest photo dump AKA the photos that didn’t make it on my previous recaps, AKA food and crap. Enjoy.
Of course I had to do the Voodoo thing. I had the Portland cream donut and my cousin had the Rapper’s Delight.
Powell’s Bookstore had a rare book room with a great collection of old books. I spent awhile in there looking for special editions of my favorites.
The food pods all around Downtown. These carts set up shop in parking lots. I was telling my ace about this and she said it best, “it’s like traveling the world in a parking lot”. We went with Mediterranean and probably the best I ever had.
This might be my favorite picture from PDX. Sizzle Pie knows what’s up.
The drive to Portland from Seattle and back is easy. 2 and half hours and you get to see nature and cool sunsets.
I generally consumed a lot of food and drink while there. For the last 7 years, my cousin has been creating this long list of places I had to visit. I knocked out a lot from said list. Highlights: El Asadero for tacos/burritos because they operate out of an abandoned bus, pasta from Il Corvo because it’s handmade and good, “crack” fries from Lil Woody’s because you get to dip them in ice cream (which happens to be my favorite culinary collab), and drinks from Canon because they boast a 100+ specialty drink menu.
Cool art installs around Downtown.
I loved walking around the neighborhoods and seeing the prevalence of music. Flyers for shows posted everywhere. I think the light post below had one for Brody Jenner. Who knew?
My final view before heading to the aiport. Puget Sound. Isak Dinesen said, “The cure for anything is salt water. Sweat, tears, and the sea.” Thanks, Seattle. I needed that.
Now back to work. We got a lot going on in the coming weeks, one of which is my first event at Illest Los Angeles. Stay tuned!Posted in main, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged brody jenner, donuts, food, Nike, pizza, portland, Seattle, space needle | Leave a comment 23/07/2014
The Pacific Northwest, it never disappoints. I touched down at SEA-TAC on Thursday morning and was welcomed to 80 degree weather which caught me off guard. I must admit, summertime in Washington is pretty awesome. It’s the perfect time to wash and wax the ride and just cruise. There is nothing like meeting up with everyone, heading out to grab a deluxe burger and fries at Dick’s, and just hanging out. I didn’t get a chance to stop by Garage Autohero this time around, but Ray’s coffee is possibly the best thing on earth. I have grown quite fond of the state of Washington, I should just move up here for awhile. Arriving to Evergreen early Saturday morning, I was anxious to see what the PNW would bring to the table. I was not let down.
Washington’s first RWB. I met Christian last year and he is one of the nicest dudes I have ever met.
There were a handful of cars that caught my eye that made me stare everytime I walked by. This was one of them.
Rocketbunny FR-S with added awesome.
Registration always sells out for this event. There were so many good builds.
Lower than some cars I have seen on bags.
I love big wings and pretty much everything else about this.
Ryan from Cakeface and his 350Z.
Have you ever seen something so bad ass that you don’t know what to say about it? Yea.
Yup, lost for words again.
The fact that these cars get driven hard makes them even more awesome. Battle wounds add character.
Ryan Davis from YAER even brought out his SC to the event. You may of seen it at the Nitto booth. This thing is a monster.
Enjoy the rest of my coverage. More photos and winners including Formula Drift coverage will be posted later on this week.
Posted in Events, Hellaflush, Motorsports, Slammed Society, Stayfresh Crew | 3 Comments 23/07/2014
The annual 180sx/Silvia and 7′s Meet was held during day 2 of the Japan Motor Games at Fuji International Speedway. As a big S-chassis/Rotary fan, I made it sure to cover the event that was simultaneous with Offset Kings Japan, Formula D and the World Time Attack Challenge. Check out the some of the photos from the meet.
Off all the tuned RX7′s, this has to be my favorite, the FC RS Pantera. Legend status.
With dozens of photos saved in my desktop, seeing it in person made my boy-dreams come true.
Fresh from its ear-shattering run at the track, RE Amemiya Hurricane was also at the meet.
The R Magic RX-7 was also present.
This FD RX7 had the Car Shop Glow vibe into it.
Judging from the aesthetic side of the vehicle, almost all of the panels are modified.
It had the time attack feel into it, it’s aero may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it does look really good in person. Those beefy Advan TCIII‘s surely added an aggressive touch.
I dropped by at the meet with my good friend Iori Suzuki from Osaka, he automatically noticed this HKS Circuit Attack Counter Sensor (behind the canard) which automatically detects when you’re in a race track.
Another car with the “Jada Toys” feel. An FC RX7 on 20′s?
In my personal opinion RX7’s look way better when track/raced prepped.
The event was dated a day before the annual RX7 day in Japan (7/7), but the meet was not limited for the 7’s. A wild bosozoku inspired RX-3 also arrived.
The wheel I fell in-love in Japan, the Panasport G7’s (Photo: 18×11 offset:?). I also noticed the price hike/spike upon my search for an aggressive set of these classics.
One of the masters of Rotary in Japan, Scoot Sports brought their infamous widebody RX7. Too bad I didn’t hear its quad rotor. Quick trivia: Y34 tail lamps?
On to the 180′s and Silvia’s!
A Silvia meet may not be complete without a Rocket Bunny kitted example. This S13 is owned by Yamauchi Shuhei of Professor Auto Service which was completed for the event.
A Garage Mak kitted S15 on RPF1′s, with less aggressive aero parts and add on’s this time.
A conservative, classy example of the Type X.
Zenki’s are starting to get rarer with all the conversions done. Will there will be a time that people will start to backdate their S14′s?
SHP Engineering came in full force, they had more than 10 cars at the meet. Me and Iori had a long chat with the owners to check their specs and learn more about Japanese street culture. They even showed us their street drifting and touge videos. Straight legit.
This particular S15 was my favorite. It had the most underrated Silvia kit ever, Works 9. The approach on the rear over fender is just awesome.
Language made our challenged our conversation but the words like “ichigo” and “dorifto” made us connect.
It was also my first time to see the Varietta S15. Hmm.
Uniform styling, imagine these guys driving side by side during their touge runs.
A generous welcome from the guys, thanks again for the exclusive stickers and for your hospitality.
I wonder if they use the same paint code?
Looks familiar? Is this THE HKS Genki Hyper S15 demo car driven by N.O.B?
PS13′s were limited at the meet. It had mostly S15′s then RPS13′s.
A classic rendition of the famous Kouki S14, TE37′s and a Vertex Ridge kit.
(For the owners of the vehicles: please send me your email address for more photos and for corrections)
I will be back with part 3 of my Offset Kings Japan coverage.
Fatlace | Manila Fitted
Filipino Pride All Day, Everyday.
PS: Thanks Anton Ngata and Vincent Cruz of AN Films for letting me use the lens.
Posted in Hellaflush, main, Slammed Society | Tagged Formula D, hellaflush, Japan Motor Games, offset kings, OKJP, rx7, Silvia, slammed society | 1 Comment 23/07/2014
We’ve just discovered Wesley Fornadel—the artist behind Motive Artworks—and we’re stoked on his work! Check out some of his paintings below!
Photo Credit: Wesley FornadelPosted in Stayfresh Crew | Leave a comment 23/07/2014
Sometimes it’s nice to play tourist in your own city…
and see home through new eyes.
Checked out a new spot on Fisherman’s Wharf, then din in the Berkeley Hills.Life, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged Fisherman's Wharf, Paragon, San Francisco Dungeon | Leave a comment ← Older posts