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Hello Coco!


When I shot Coco in Tokyo last week we talked about her getting more out there, and making YouTube videos was one of the things we discussed. She’s just kicked off her channel and I get a little mention in there! So glad you guys get to listen to her English too, considering she’s never lived anywhere outside of Japan, and was born in Japan, it’s amazing, don’t you agree?!

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Tokyo – Day 12

luke_justin_maiham_media_zen_garage
So glad I got to catch up with my buddy Luke from Maiham Media on my last day in Tokyo. The guy’s a busy motherfather, so I’m so happy that he took the time out to meet me close to my hotel.

jsburgers
We had a great catch up over some beers and a burger at J.S. Burgers Cafe.

sunset
Sadness, it’s home time. Sunset on the train into Narita Airport.

bye-dave
Goodbye Dave! One man down as Dave’s adventures continue as he makes his way to visit his Grandma in Ireland!

legspace
The plane back home was a completely different experience to the maximum capacity plane we caught to Tokyo (where I had to sit next to a sick man, and the flight was delayed on the runway). The plane was empty. I took a whole row and slept the entire flight. IE: I teleported from Tokyo to Queensland!

jimbeam
Landing in Queensland, the boys did some duty free shopping.

delay-qld-jetstar
So close but so far. We knew the trip home was going too smooth. In QLD Jetstar fucked up (as expected) and there was a 40 minute delay on our flight back home to Sydney. At this stage we lost another man as Chris left us to hang out with his family for a few nights.

landing-sydney
Finally! Landing in Sydney. Beautiful weather!

maroubra_beach_home
As soon as our bags came out we said our goodbyes and I jumped straight into a cab. I took the scenic route home. Ahhhh, the water. So so beautiful.

mia2
Mia was so happy to see me. Lots of head douching, licking too! I had to tell her to calm down and I amused myself by telling her in Japanese: “Chotto matte!”, which can loosely translate to “Easy Tiger!”.

goodies
I unpacked my suitcase, here’s a shot of all the goodies I got. I especially love the 2nd hand helmet with bubble visor I picked up from Up Garage, and the Mooneyes rug too!

I jumped in the shower, then as soon as I hopped out I got a call from my good friend Sarah who lives in London. She needed to hear all about Jiro! She wanted me to run her through the entire experience from start to end and doing so had me reliving the meal all over again! It’s been so bizarre writing this last post. From hanging out with Luke for brunch, through to flying back home and then having a long conversation over the phone to a friend in London. I’ve just opened up my email application. 1367 unread emails… then there’s the Zen pack and send to do as no products that have been purchased on our online store have been sent out since I’ve been gone! But hey, not complaining! Here’s cheers to an epic trip! I hope you’ve enjoyed the daily updates!

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Tokyo – Day 11

Sukiyabashi-Jiro-Roppongi-Hills
Saving the best for last. I had a date with Mimi at Sukiyabashi Jiro Roppongi Hills!

A few months back I decided on going to Jiro’s son Takashi Ono’s Roppongi Hills restaurant instead of Jiro’s in Ginza. Why? Well the news is that Jiro’s in Ginza is all business. You have to learn the right etiquette for eating the sushi otherwise you’ll be frowned upon, and there’s no talking, no photography and you have to be in and out quite quickly too.

Mimi tried so hard to get a booking a month or so ago, and it was looking pretty grim, but on her last attempt to call she got through! Again, just amazing how much luck I’ve got!

I read that Jiro’s son’s restaurant was way more relaxed, and dead set, it was such an amazing experience and the best sashimi and sushi I have ever had in my life. Takashi-san ran us through every dish (was great having Mimi as a translator!). Also noteworthy, they picked up that I was left handed and all my dishes were served left handed (mirror opposite to Mimi’s). We were “mmmming” so much! Heaven, sushi heaven!

tea
The green tea (which was amazing) was topped up constantly throughout the meal.

clam_flounder
We opted to go half sashimi, and half sushi for our set menu. First up, delicious flounder fin and clam.

jiro_sashimi_mackerel
This mackerel was amazing, so next level. Perfect texture. I can’t get over it.

bonnito_jiro_sushi
Smoked bonito was a taste explosion. It was had 2 ways, first straight with dipping sauce below.

sauce
Dipping sauce for bonito.

jiro_sushi_smoked_wrap
Second 2 pieces you used ginger and wrapped it up in a leaf. Amazeballs!

jiro_sushi_3
Sole fish.

jiro_sushi_squid
Squid, so creamy!

jiro_sushi_scallop
Giant clam. It was, for a better word, amazing!

jiro_sushi_tuna1
Tuna, this was epic.

jiro_sushi_fatty_tuna
And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, fatty tuna, which was just too good and had us both vocally expressing ourselves, and shaking our heads in disbelief.

jiro_sushi_sardine
Sardine, but not at all salty or fishy.

jiro_sushi_1
The dishes came up fast, and we were encouraged to eat them (with our hands) as soon as they landed on our plates.

horse-head-jiro-sushi
Horse mackerel was one of our fave dishes.

jiro
Takashi Ono, second son of the world-famous sushi master, Jiro Ono. Takashi-san spoke to us quite a lot, if Mimi wasn’t with me he probably would not have (he did not speak to the other foreigners much at all but spoke and joked with one of the locals a fair bit).

jiro_sushi_roe
Never had roe so god. Such amazing popping and bursting with liquid textures.

jiro_sushi_prawn
Prawn for me.

jiro_prawntailchop_ladiesonly
Prawn for Mimi. Chopped off tail, for ladies only!

urchin
Urchin, which I don’t usually love, but I loved this. It literally melted in your mouth.

eel
Sea eel, best eel I’ve ever had no doubt!

egg
If you’ve seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the movie, you’d know what goes into this amazing egg dish which finished off our meal.

mimi_egg
Chopped in 2 for ladies only!

mimi_jiro_justinfox
Takashi-san said ‘thank you’ to me in both Chinese and Indonesian, he see’s a lot of tourists and knows how to say thanks in over 40 languages. He was more than happy to have a small chat afterwards, and also asked if we wanted a photo with him.

sand
With happy bellies, hearts and minds, Mimi and I checked out the Mori Art Museum. This piece was beautiful, black sand pouring out like an hour glass, set to a moody soundtrack.

themovinggarden
Taiwan-born artist Lee Mingwei’s show was on and it was the best interactive art show I’ve seen in ages. This piece ‘The Moving Garden’ encouraged visitors to take a flower and then give it to a stranger you pass by on the way home.

mimi_flower
I gave my flower to Mimi though, apologies Lee!

boxes
Shoes off, we stepped up to a platform littered with tied up wooden boxes.

mimi_open_box
We were encouraged to open them up and find items of clothing from Lee’s childhood.

open-boxes-me
Under each lid, stories associated with each piece. Very sweet.

sandart
This huge piece on the floor was made by different coloured sand. The audience is dared to walk over the sand painting and deform the image, destroying the crazy man hours involved in making the sand painting in the first place.

letter-boxes
Loved this. The audience is encouraged to take their shoes off, enter and write letters that they had always meant to but had never taken time for. You can also read letters people have left, and if you put an address on the envelope the artist will send the letter for you when the exhibition closes.

viewtop
We then checked out the view from the top, that’s Tokyo Tower in the picture.

mimi_view
Was a beautiful day!

cremedelacreme
Back down to earth we tried some ice-cream treats from Crème de la Crème.

ellecafe
And bought a drink from the cute ELLE Café next door.

coldpressjuice
This almond milk drink was such a perfect choice.

spider
We found a place to sit and just and chill, was so great to catch up with Mimi. I’ve missed her terribly (and I’m going to miss her even more when I return home).

altered-vehicles-not-permitted
Spotted out the front of a carpark in Roppongi Hills.

festival
Later that night. A festival in and around Shinjuku station.

blackburger
From the highs of Jiro to the absolute low. The Burger King Black Burger just came out in Japan, we had to try it, right?! Visually trippy, but taste wise it was just AOK.

beer
We then hit up HUB British Pub in Shinjuku.

pub
Krysti and I managed to convince a couple of Japanese girls to join our table so that they could practise their English and we could practise our (horrible) Japanese!

itsasign
It’s a sign! We got pretty tanked in there, and we were the last group left when they kicked us out to close.

newrecruits
New Acquired Taste recruits!

kisskiss
Kiss kiss! Krysti and I, wasted!

feel
We hit the Golden Gai, where anything goes. The Japanese girls were infatuated with Krysti’s boobs! When Krysti gave them the go ahead, they couldn’t keep their hands off!!!

pervert
So much grabbing action.

pillow
Such epic lols!

krystis-go
Then it was Krysti’s turn to feel their boobs!

lol
Such a rad night out.

tattoo
Kaori’s tattoo.

wasted
Kaori, Miwa and me.

kebab
We stumbled back to the hotel, kebabs even!!!

vendingmachinedrinks
And we went a bit silly on the vending machines to prepare for tomorrow’s nasty hang over! What a night!

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Tokyo – Day 10

Meiji_shrine_emtrance
Group shot at the first Torii Gate. We all slept in today. Whilst we weren’t at all hung over, we had such a huge day and night yesterday that it almost felt like we were out clubbing! We thought we’d check out Meiji Shrine which I’ve somehow managed to miss every single time I’ve come to Tokyo. It was shut the other day when we were in Harajuku too (there has been a mosquito scare here lately so they shut it early), we were lucky to get there this time though.

sake-barrels
Sake barrels.

2nd_entrance
The second massive Torii Gate just a few minutes walk in.

wash-hands-drink-water
Do as the locals do. Wash your hands, and have a drink of the water too. It just felt so cleansing. So Zen.

Meiji_shrine
Into the shrine we go.

shrine_wishes
Krysti and I wrote wishes on little pieces of wood and hung them on the prayer wall, such a beautiful and emotional experience. We also tossed some yen into the offering box, instructions were to bow your head twice, clap twice, and bow once more. Again, such a beautiful experience.

shrine_wedding
We also spotted a traditional wedding procession.

harajuku_overpass
After the shrine we got our shopping on as we didn’t get it finished last time (as we were all just too hung over!).

supreme_hajajuku
I headed back to Supreme to buy a shirt.

cafestudio_chips
We fuelled up at Cafe Studio.

cafestudio_burger
Burger patty was excellent, cute little cafe too.

usboys_train
Then amazingly we ran into the US Boys from yesterday. What are the odds of running int someone in Tokyo?! We decided to all check out Akihabara, more commonly known as “Electric Town”, again, a first for me (despite the many times I’ve been to Japan!).

sega
As soon as you pop out from the station you’re greeted by buildings with multiple floors of stuff, anything from games, to electronics good and manga shops.

games
We played a few games, not the arcade stuff, just the prize stuff.

maidcafe
And we were very tempted to check out a maid cafe, but we weren’t hungry and we had a HUGE group so we gave it a miss, this time!

mangashop
We stumbled into an 18+ manga shop that was full of whack hentai.

schoolgirlspanties
Yep, school girls panties vending machine! We bought some, they were new (not used!), phew?!

sexshop
Then we found this shop. 8 floors of sex related goods. There’s some funny and innocent stuff in there, but thee’s some really sick as fuck shit in there too.

upskirting
Spotted this sign in the train station on the way home… makes sense to have these signs at Akihabara Station considering how perverted some of the goods that the shops sell are!

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Tokyo – Day 9

packed
Tight fit! Day 9 kicked off with Zee from All That Low picking 8 of us up from our hotel in a rented Honda van.

americans
We then met up with the American crew from Royal Origin and then we were on the road.

hpi_cammo
First stop, the biggest Up Garage in Tokyo. Matty pulled the trigger on this awesome cammo HPI harness and Zee scored a hydraulic handbrake for $46 for his Aristo (which funnily enough he was thinking of selling, but after buying this he’s turning it into a drift project!)!

upgaragegt
Zee then took us all to Up Garage GT, a more race focussed Up Garage. Alexi took us to this shop the other day but it was shut, so again, it’s just amazing how our luck is panning out on this trip!

wheels_upgarage
So much wants.

monkeys
Monkeys (also so much wants!).

hako2
Spotted in the car yard next door.

gtsr
And this beauty.

impul
Perfection.

nismowheel
I want that steering wheel + horn button combo, amazing!

crew
Our crew was growing in size as another car load of American guys met up with us.

gtrshop
Across the road from Up Garage was this GT-R shop. You can have that R34 GT-R for $30k.

mines_boss
Zee then surprised us with a visit to Mines and we each individually greeted by President and CEO Michizo Niikura. I was having a pretty massive fan boy moment as I’d seen him in so many magazines and DVD’s over the years.

mines_nismo
This super clean BNR32 was in the workshop. I got to show Niikura-san photos of my GT-R (which I told him came with a Mines ECU when I first bought it). He said “R32, Favorite!”.

mines
Niikura-san pulled out their amazing R35 GT-R, unfortunately the famous R34 GT-R was not at the shop.

mines_r35_engine
Mines Super Response Engine.

mines_r35
What a dream. Krysti got to sit in it too, and Niikura-san also told her that he though she was “very pretty” which had her squirming.

shakeys
We then headed for Zee’s hometown of Yokohama. After a quick tour of the area (which was all lit up and had a great vibe by night) we hit Shakey’s for all you can eat Pizza.

drummer
It was time to hit Daikoku for Zee’s All That Low x Royal Origin Daikoku Night Meet. Walking back to the carpark we spotted this old man drumming away in front of a crowd of youngsters at a game parlour.

shingo
Zee’s friend Shingo’s amazing ride. Our van was packed, so Krysti got a ride in this beast!

snappingnecks
Snapping necks! It just looked amazing rolling so low on the streets. Sounded beast too.

shingo_tunnel
I was trying to snap a shot in the tunnel. Soon after I snapped this shot a bike rider popped a wheelie past Shingo’s car and hit the hard left up ahead with one knee down. What a sight!

nsx
Daikoku was absolutely PACKED! Zee did an amazing job of uniting the stance community in Tokyo!

r34_4door
Beautiful. We’re all falling in love with 4-door R34′s.

wide
I’l take it.

lifetime_crew_skyline
This crew was called “Lifetime” and they had some absolutely sick rides.

lifetime_e46
Like this E46.

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lifetime_r32golf_norearbar2
And this crazy R32 Golf.

lifetime_r32golf_norearbar
Which didn’t have a rear bar.

lifetime_r32golf
This R32 Golf was amazing too, it’s roll cage lit up with LED’s when he drove off.

airedscooter
This scooter was on an air set-up and scraped the ground rolling in to the meet.

e46
Loved this E46.

cambergang
I’ve never seen so much hardcore camber in the one place.

love
Beauty. Not everything on the night was stanced up.

starlet
And as expected, there was just so much variety on show.

golfbeetle
From old school VAG.

wild
To new school madness.

350z
Lots of cars were rocking USDM stickers. Illest etc.

funpolice
There were also a lot of fun local stickers.

bitchhnters
Bitchhunters!

odyssey
Had to take a snap of this Odyssey.

beetle
And one of my personal fave cars of the night. It was an oval window too!

pinkscooter
A guy owned this!


The Bōsōzoku rocked up, they were loud, and visually spectacular. They all parked up in front of the Police HQ at the car park (Yes balls! And yes, there’s a police station at Daikoku!) and very soon after the Police came out to shut the meet down (they were amazingly nice about it and no one was defected!).

cruising
When one venue gets shut down, everyone seems to know where to go to next. We cruised to our second venue in Yokohama with a bunch of very tough cars.

undergroundcarpark
Loved this carpark (which was already packed when we got there), what a backdrop! Reminded me of the Opera House. Again, there was a Police Station at the car park, but amazingly they let everyone stay.

s15
Hottest S15 there. Picture does it no justice at all. The colour was amazing, the whole car just had so much presence.

camber
There was just so much amazing fitment everywhere you looked.

view
View of Yokohama from the carpark.

pink
Wild!

class
All Class.

cima
I had to sit for a while in front of this Cima to take it all in. How is this rolling on the streets? Mind = blown.

blackmamba2
Loved this S13 convertible that rolled in.

blackmamba
It’s now reppin’ an Acquired Taste sticker!

skyline_longchamps
So happy that some old school metal rocked up.

eva_celica
Thing of beauty.

70
Heart is stolen.

datsun_70
Gahhhh. So amazing from every angle.

zee
1am. Zee from All That Low now rocking a Zen snapback and getting one last cold drink from a vending machine before calling it quits and driving us all the way back to our hotel. What a day, and none of it would have happened without Zee (what a man). The guy has 2 kids and a hardcore job, yet he took the time out to hire a car for us, drive it all the way from Yokohama to Shinjuku to come get us, then he gives us a grand tour and takes us to his meet, introduces us to his friends, gets us to another meet and drives us all the way back home (only to have to drive 1.5hrs on his own to the rental company and drop off the van before making his way home).

We owe him lots! Be sure to follow his page: All That Low.

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Tokyo – Day 8

up-garage
We’ve been doing SO much that Tokyo took a toll on us again today, and we slept in until lunch time, but we all managed to get out of bed and catch a train out to Kumagaya to check out the closest Up Garage (since they were shut yesterday).

seats
We got there without issues thanks to Alexi’s directions. A sleepy little suburb with a relaxed vibe. The shop instantly blew us all away. 80% second hand goods and some new stuff too. The seats were really well priced and had us all wishing we had something like this back home.

wheels-up-garage
So many awesome wheels. All reasonably priced too!

stretched
Spotted this guy leaving, what a stretch!!!

fishingtime
We got back in time for an epic dinner at Zauo in Shinjuku, a restaurant where you catch your own fish!!! We had a private booth, they serve a set menu (and the freshest most dark red tuna I’ve ever had), unlimited beer, sake and plum wine and when you’re tanked, you can go fishing!

mimi_me_cray
Mimi and I both caught crayfish!

snapper
The boys did well with a couple of snapper and a flounder too!

fishing-boat
I’m on a boat. Such a mad concept, everyone in there was having a blast!

salt-fish
This snapper came out in a casing of hard salt, which you lit, then broke with a hammer to eat the fish inside. Absolutely delish!

sake-shots
Sake shots for the 2 guys who failed to catch anything, haha!

angelo-fish-eye
I told Angelo the eye was the best bit (I lied), so he ate it. I rewarded him with letting him eat the cheek though, which is the best bit!

p-ride
Matty’s “Aussie Pride” tattoo has bad letter spacing. To me it reads: “P ride”.

fixing
I thought I’d fix it.

aussie_pride_fixed
MUCH BETTER!!!

crayfish
Crayfish was unreal! Such a mad night, what a great concept, and such great company! A trip to the Golden Gai (again) will see us in bad shape tomorrow morning, but hey! YOLO!!!

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Tokyo – Day 7

Today Alexi of Nori Yaro took us on a grand tour. We’ve been psyched for this, and he sure as hell didn’t disappoint! The guy is such an amazing tour guide and you get a lot more than just visiting stores and workshops. He’ll talk to you about anything you want to talk about, in our case, Japanese culture. The conversations we had in the van between stops were just as awesome as the places we visited.

rays_custom
First stop, Crystal. These blue Rays Gram Lights were fucking amazing!

work_custom
So too these custom order Work Kiwamis.

crystal
This beast was sitting pretty upstairs.

fuelstation
Love that they have a place for you to put your fuel cap in Japanese fuel stations, so thoughtful!

topsecret
Next stop, Top Secret. Unfortunately they were shut!

topsecret_outback
Spotted some rad rides up front and out the back though.

superautobacs
Next stop: Super Autobacs in Tokyo Bay! It was huge, and a lot like our Supercheap Auto but with quality parts mixed in with all the cheap stuff (like a whole isle of drink holders and air fresheners!).

soundchanger
TRD sound changer for the new 86. Very cool!

alexi_autobacs_fans
Alexi was spotted by a couple of the staff who stopped him for a photo!

mooneyes_tokyo
Next stop: Mooneyes in Yokohama!

buggy
Loved this buggy!

mercury
This Mercury was pretty special too.

moon_outfront
And this sled!

mooneyes
Mooneyes on the inside. These guys must have more branded merch than any other automotive brand I know of. Downstairs they had lifestyle products.

wheels
Upstairs they had an amazing range of car parts.

diner
We had lunch in their cafe, which looked and felt a lot like a retro American diner. Even their regular customers dressed in the right attire which was pretty impressive.

drunk
Doubt you’d get away with this beer’s description in Australia!

moon_burger
We all feasted on burgers which were totally satisfying.

pinstripe
Evidence of pinstriping in the workshop. Mooneyes is the kind of store where your eyes just can’t settle on any one thing. It’s packed with eye candy. Culture plus!

crown_2door
Spotted out the back. Alexi exploded over this very rare 2 door Crown.

alexi_crown2door
He wanted it, bad!

pussywagon
Pussywagonesque! This is the same model car as Alexi’s mini-van, but done Mooneyes style!

nismo_hq
Next stop: The new Nismo HQ.

nismo_flowers_30th
Unfortunately they were also shut as they were about to host their 30th anniversary party (which explains the flowers), but Alexi sweet talked our way in and we were able to snap a few shots of the cars on display.

nismo
Inside was the 2014 Nissan GT-R Nismo which holds the record for the fastest-ever time for a factory GT-R on the Nürburgring.

nismo_gtr
Jaws dropped. Nissan GT-R JGTC Nismo.

nismoz
Super GT Z.

stiffpipe
Stiff Pipe!!!

badges
On the wall they had a big collection of race badges dating way back.

r35
The 2014 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 car stole my heart.

carbonlight
Carbon headlights for extreme lightening. The car costs $500k, which isn’t too much to ask IMHO!

bee_r
Next stop: Bee-R!

bnr32
This super tough BNR32 was parked outside.

comps
Tough stickers, for reals.

bmw
Also outside was this tough BMW.

doubletrouble
Yellow Peril! Then we saw these beasts and got all excited like little school girls.

popbonnet
Alexi was given the go ahead to pop the bonnet on the B80R.

2j
Whoo 2J!

acquiredtaste_b80r
Inside was all business bar the Hello Kitty clips. Boss man Imai stuck an Acquired Taste sticker on the dash which blew the boys away!

b80r_allopen
So fresh, mind-blowing. What a work of art.

alexi_imai
Alexi was playing translator with Bee-R boss Kiyonori Imai who was such an awesome character.

magazine
Imai showed us his 180SX (which looks like a R35 GT-R) in a magazine, with Option Boss’ 180SX (which looks like a 370Z).

d1_chaser
Bee-R’s current D1 drift car.

chaser
Super wide chaser, the sunken rear door handles give it all away.

accord
This new accord looked out of place in the workshop.

supercharged_accord
Until we saw the custom supercharger setup!

trophies
Spotted inside the office. Winners, obviously!

track2
Next door to Bee-R was Racing Paradise, an RC shop with a huge slot car circuit.

racing_paradise_track
View of their circuit from the top floor.

dragstrip
They even had a massive drag strip!

cpw_owner
Next stop: CPW Skate Shop. I’ve been following their blog for a while and they were the inspiration for the Zen Garage funny bike.

cpw_owners_bike
The owner Motoyan was working on a customer bike outside (his own personal bike is on the left of this picture).

decks
Motoyan is the same age as me, so it all makes sense! Old school skate decks galore… I was right at home.

cpw_banannasaddles
These guys have probably bought up all the Banana saddles out there.

cpw_inside
The shop was tiny and jam packed of amazing stuff.

stickers_honda
Motoyan is into cars as well! He pulled out his EF Shuttle just for us.

cpw_honda
It sounded offensive, and yup, that’s static.

cpw_skate_shop_outside
CPW Skate Shop from the outside. So rad!

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Tokyo – Day 6

bullettrain
We’ve been winging everything, pretty much, and last night we decided to go to Osaka (with no plans!). We got up early and caught the Shinkansen with our JR passes.

hangrings
Hang Rings! We had to make many train transfers after catching the bullet train, and it got a little overwhelming, but hopping on one of the much older trains out in the burbs was fun.

arapaima
First stop; Osaka Aquarium. Check out this arapaima! I had a book on these jurassic fishes back in 2000 when I had a predator only tank. They used to get a LOT bigger than this once upon a time but even so, they’re still one of the largest freshwater fish in the world. Was great to see a few of them today, such an amazing fish.

dolphins
Dolphins! Great to see them swim and play from behind the glass as opposed to from above.

whaleshark
What we were really here for. A live whale shark in a tank?! For real? Yes for real! The largest fish in the world, but this guy was still pretty small (yet still very impressive!).

whaleshark_feeding
Luckily for us we got there on feeding time! Feeding fish is one of the most fun parts of owning fish in aquariums, and it was awesome to watch the diver hand feed the whale shark.

sunfish
A sunfish! The heaviest bony fish in the world. Another first for me, never seen one of these either in real life, so awesome to watch it’s dorsal fins move.

hammerhead
The big tank (ok, the HUGE tank) had a couple of big hammerheads in it too. Again, never seen one in real life. This aquarium just kept on delivering!

turtle
This turtle was pretty big too.

crab
Tank full of Japanese spider crabs.

sealchill
This seal was literally just chilling, smiling, squinting, and floating still like a buoy.

rays
At the end there was a large tank full of rays and sharks that you could touch. Another new experience knocked off the list!

boat
We then caught a shuttle boat from Osaka Aquarium to Universal Studios.

water
Boating across the port of Osaka, unfortunately with the Backstreet Boys playing from the speakers on top deck (might have had something to do with all the staff running the boat being female? Driver and all).

universalglobe
UNIVERSAL!

shrek
Shrek! Oh noes!

celebrity3
As soon as we got in, the boys were mobbed by young Japanese girls who wanted to take their picture with the group!

celebrity2
Matty was pretty popular with the girls. Maybe they thought he was Macklemore? Or perhaps Prince Harry?!

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We had to be back at the station to catch the last train back at 7PM so rides were out of the question as the queues were all 90 minutes long. Instead the guys just kept walking around getting mobbed by girls who wanted to take their photos with them!

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At Jurassic Park.

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Back to the Future! We couldn’t get on the ride, but we did buy some goodies in the theme store.

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The spinning Universal globe came alive at night.

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We had to rush back to the train, and grabbed a quick bite in the station to eat on the train. The 3hr ride to Osaka was great, the 3hr ride back home just destroyed us.

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Tired, and sore (we’ve been doing a lot of walking!) it was great to finally be back at home in Shinjuku. Now for some rest. Tomorrow Alexi takes us on an epic tour of Japan’s workshops and car parts stores!

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Tokyo – Day 5

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Day 5 kicked off with a shoot in my tiny hotel room in Shinjuku with the absolutely gorgeous Coco Komatsu. What a gal! She’s 100% Japanese but speaks amazing English. She’s hilarious, smart, sharp, crazy cute and sexy all at the same time! Won’t be working on the photos whilst I’m here in Japan, but will do as soon as I land back in Sydney!

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By the time our shoot was done, everyone was starving so we hit the road to get some lunch. The boys were gawking hard at something…

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Turns out it was Stephen’s Mum’s car, only done right!

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Coco joined us for lunch, and the boys just fell in love with her. She’s such a bright light!

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Matty, such a gentleman, offered to carry Coco’s heavy bag.

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Coco took us to an awesome Okonomiyaki restaurant. I’ve never in my life had such great Japanese Pancakes!

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Not so sure about these ray fins though!

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Car Spotting: Beast mode enabled!

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Matty’s been amazing at choosing the worst drinks from the drink machines, daily.

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2000GT. We then headed off to Toyota Mega Web in located in Tokyo’s waterfront entertainment suburb of Odaiba (which was a little tricky to get to my train, but hey, we got there thanks to Chris’ amazing sense of direction).

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We made a B Line for the History Garage and it didn’t disappoint! Toy cars, books (we scored some HyperREVS!), a cafe, amazing classics of all makes and eras.

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Spotted this rare Split-window Corvette. Delicious.

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This old dude was working in a garage behind glass. I asked the store cashier if we could go inside, and after asking the old dude inside if it was OK if we all came in, we got the thumbs up!

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The smell of grease was soooooo good. What a job this guy has, restoring amazing bikes and cars. The whole place had such a Zen vibe.

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Hey Matty!

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For around $30K you could buy this beast. I absolutely love it! Japanese G-Wagon!

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Little pocket rocket.

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TRD are making some amazing things for the 86, like these venetians! SO cool.

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And check the little wings on the side near the side mirrors, fresh!

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Could not resist this pet store in the mall which joins the History Garage to the more modern stuff.

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Nyaw puppy!

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The ferris wheel outside is one of the world’s largest. We didn’t get to go on it though, maybe next time!

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What I was really in Odaiba for. The massive Gundam. I was emotional. I’ve been into Gundam since I was a little kid. My first robot toy was a steel Gundam figurine (I still have it too! Such a hoarder!).

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WE WIN! For dinner we smashed a shitload of sushi at Sea King. Loved this place. The sushi train is so long, and when you order sushi with the touch pad it gets delivered to you on a super fast bullet train above the main sushi track. Amazeballs!

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Back at Shinjuku Station West exit, feet are dead, was a great day out!

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Tokyo – Day 4

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The team were pretty dead this morning. Only Robbie, Krysti and myself were on chat, and the rest of the boys were dead dead. We downed some greasy chicken skewers from the 7/11 downstairs from the hotel in an attempt to cure our (quite bad) hangovers.

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Nike Crew. Robbie, Krysti and I checked out the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art again whilst the boys were asleep. We had a good long sit down in front of the Sunflowers painting by Van Gogh. The silence was soothing. Soon after that the boys were finally ready (it was 3PM lol!) and we hit the road for Harajuku.

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Acquired Taste Shinjuku.

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Harajuku comes alive on weekends, check out the slow stream of people in this shot. Madness!

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Supreme. So many great stores, but we were just so flat today after the massive night we had last night. The crew persisted though, and bought quite a few goodies, but we’ve decided that we have to return during a quiet week day.

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Undefeated. So much more shopping to do but just too hangry! We ate, then decided to check out the activities surrounding the park.

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We got to see a few of the awesome rockabillies (crazy breakdancing Elvis subculture!) do their thing, they’re so so so awesome!

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Acquired Taste Harajuku.

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Finally spotted an E30 from the overpass at Harajuku.

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Everyday Tokyo. Rad line-up at these lights.

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When in Harajuku one must drop into Kiddy Land. 5 floors of toys (lots of small things on the first floor which make for great gifts).

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Car Spotting: Clean EVO 6.

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The whole crew is sporting newly bought kicks! We spent some time in the Nike shop, but again, we were just SO dead. We decided to bail and rest up at the hotel for a couple of hours before going out for a late dinner.

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We failed to get a table for 8 at a fair few restaurants which were all pretty packed out despite it being 10PM, but eventually we stumbled upon Rokkasen and we went for the all-you-can-eat Yakiniku.

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The Matsuzaka Galbi was next level.

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Matsuzaka Sirloin.

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Ox Tongue.

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Fugu (balloon fish), prawns, scallops and crab.

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