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China Trip – Day #3

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We got up earlier yesterday to make the trek out to Grandpa’s village.

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The first house we checked out was one which Grandpa made for his younger brother, who sadly 15 years ago was robbed and murdered in this house (and even sadder, people only found his body days later AND the killer has never been found).

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Photo of his brother, his house now abandoned and acting as a shrine of sorts.

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Inside.

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We then made our way to Grandpa’s house.

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There were a fair few villagers there ready for our arrival so the traditional ceremonies kicked off right away with deafening crackers!

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We all made a beeline to a wall of photos next to a shrine. This is Grandpa!

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Mum cleaning the photo.

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Yeah, cousins know how to dress!

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I saw lots of this stuff drying out on slabs of concrete, it’s turnip for pig food!

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Haha! My Uncle Julius rocks the ZEN Snapback so well!

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Yeah Indo men, we drink and smoke! We then had a feast, eating all the food that was prepared for Grandpa earlier. The food we were eating was raised in the village too. So rad.

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Mum meeting one of her cousins for the very first time. This guy drinks 3 bottles of a red a day, and smokes like a chimney. Happy life!

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Cheers! We stayed here a while and I waxed lyrical a bit too (red wine does that to me!). I live for this!

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I then got a scooter ride down to visit the last living brother.

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On the way we stopped by the house in which Grandpa grew up in until he was 13 (funny that the house number was 13 too), this house was in a pretty bad state now with nothing but chickens living in it.

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I was pretty welled up with emotions, as you can see in this photo. Was so hard to contain!

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Family after family, house after house.

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Super cute village girls!

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And another family, the little kid was super naughty, as soon as he saw me he threw stuff in my face!

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Tea, we had LOTS of it in each house. Each house owner would pour us tea, shove food in our faces and tell us stories, both happy ones and sad ones. I loved it.

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With happy hearts we left the village and by the time we got back to the city it was dinner time.

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I really wasn’t hungry at all, but when in doubt, power out!

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China Trip – Day #2

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6.30AM, I’m the first at Buffet Breakfast (as usual!!!).

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OMG where do I start?! Mum loves a good buffet brekkie too!

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So much variety. I could eat here all day!

I had a little trouble getting to sleep last night. No weed, and YouTube has been banned on the Hotel WiFi (so too all video streaming services) so I couldn’t use that to help me get to sleep (couldn’t figure the TV out lol!). I ended up having to raid the mini-fridge.

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Morning view from my room.

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That China haze, but at least the sky is blue-ish?!

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My Uncle Julius is a big time lawyer in Indo (and he loves his new hat!).

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All aboard the bus!

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Our first stop was to visit my brother’s HUGE print factory (one of 5 in China!).

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At the entrance, this awesome Heidelberg which is pretty much exactly the same one which The Distillery used to print my businsess cards (which cost $4 each to make!!!).

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These guys can also do in-house design work.

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And some of their clients include: Disney…

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… And Aussie clients!

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And Home Depot!

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And they make packaging for anything, from TV’s to inflatable pools.

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One of many huge machines, this one seemed to cut paper into different sizes.

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This is their latest machine which cost a cool US $7 million (!!!).

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They even have their own Ista certified test lab to test all the boxes (and ensure products inside them are safe).

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Laser cut goods.

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And here are just some of the goods they’ve made in the past. I’ve now got a great contact at the factory that speaks amazing english! ZEN BOXES TO COME!!!!!!

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Yum Cha was amaze. So China, so good!

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Indo men, we smoke!

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Loved the coffee ashtray touch at this cafe.

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This took me by surprise and reminds me of seeing UFO’s in Ancient Egyptian wall art.

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We then visited the home that my Grandpa made for his adopted kids 50+ years ago. Check it out, it’s so Architecturally unique, so solid (they sure as hell built houses differently back in the day!). I think it’ll last forever.

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The courtyard, I’d so do my Wing Chun here.

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Solid granite handrail and staircase all the way to the 3rd floor where the lady of the house took her own life. I was asked if I’d like to check out the 3rd floor but out of respect I decided not to go up.

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There are now many buildings across the road from the house but back in the day it was the only house around.

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After spending some time at the house, we did a bit of shopping.

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Dinner was even more amaze than lunch as I ate and drank a whole lotta stuff I’ve never had before!

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We have a B’Day on the trip!

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Loved how long the B’Day paused for when asked to make a wish, man it must have been one seriously heavy wish…

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China Trip – Day #1

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7AM brekkie at the Qantas Lounge, Mum travels in style!!!

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Goodie bags.

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Massage chair?! Bring it on! In truth I just ended up laying it flat and sleeping most of the way.

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Go Perry!

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Over Hong Kong somewhere.

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Hey the relos… they’re cool!

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A short flight from HK where we met up with family and we’ve just landed in Xiamen and booked into a hotel WAY classier than what I was expecting!!! The Shangri-La.

A while back Mum asked if I’d like to tag along on a journey to China, to see the area in which my Grandpa was born. Grandpa was an amazing man from what I’ve heard. He created an empire with Imora Motor (Honda in Indonesia), had 2 wives (which has been my goal in life ever since hearing about it when I was a teen), he adopted children into our HUGE family and he was still working the day before he died (that kinda guy!).

Seeing his place of rest in Indo many years ago left a lasting impression on me so I jumped at the opportunity to tag along! I’ll be here until the new years and I have no idea what to expect, but my camera is packed and ready!

PS: Looks like Instagram and Facebook are banned here in China! I can’t access!!!

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Raijin Fujin – Japan Trip Day #7

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Hangs at the airport before the quick (teleport) home!!!

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Raijin Fujin – Japan Trip Day #6 – HKS Kansai

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Couldn’t help but check this little thing out. Not one part of this S660 was left untouched!

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This BNR34 had a HKS Kansai cage in it, the cage featured a fair bit more bolstering than my Cusco cage which makes for a much stronger look. Definitely makes me wish I pulled the trigger on a HKS cage many years ago.

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Clean EVO 6. Many cars were stored away due to the impending rain today, shame but hey, not complaining with the cool cars we did get to see!

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Beast!

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This car was for sale.

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I have this same genuine new old stock sticker that I still haven’t stuck on my car. Every time I do see an old BNR32 rocking this sticker (very rarely!!!) it makes me want to put mine on!

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A couple of tough white GTR’s were parked closer to the showroom.

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Monster!

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I really really wanted this dipstick but it doesn’t fir the RB26! Grrrr! I did end up getting a bunch of stickers and T’s though.

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Mukai-san was so animated, so much energy. I can only hope I have the same amount of energy when I’m his age!

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Meeting the President of HKS Kansai Service Mukai-san was a pretty special treat, especially with Naomi tanslating for me! He had all the time in the world for us. I got to show Mukai-san my R32 GT-R which he approves of! He liked my girly photography too LOL! He’s even tried to persuade me to come back to fit some new GT III turbos! Definitely a highlight of the trip!

Later that we had all the guys we’ve been hanging out with on separate locations, all in the one place for goodbyes. Got to love these young Japanese guys, they’re just such cool cats the lot of them!

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Raijin Fujin – Japan Trip Day #6

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Day 6 saw us get right into our final bit of shopping for Raijin Fujin in and around Denden Town.

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I spotted this Voltes V robot I have in my lounge room (which I’ve owned since I was a kid) but selling brand new in a box. Wait till you see the price…

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$13,000 AUD!

gatchaman
I own this Gatchaman toy too at home, check the price!!!!!

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Star Blazers.

transformers
Transformer cars were more rare than we thought here in Japan.

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1/6th Scale Akira?! Crazy!

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Denden Town got stranger the further down we went.

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Gattling BB gun anyone?

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Vectorino!

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I then pretty much found die-cast heaven. No words necessary and enjoy the following photos. Let’s just say I wanted the lot, but couldn’t even afford to justify buying one!

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Day 6 was another huge day of shopping with Raijin Fujin. The guys did well today and have bust weight capacity pretty much! With shopping done the guys treated me to a trip to HKS Kansai, just up the road from their home. More in the next post!

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Raijin Fujin – Japan Trip Day #5

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Winner Winner Wagyu Dinner!

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Raijin Fujin – Japan Trip Day #4

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Massive night out in Osaka! We didn’t sleep; no photos, no idea!!! Somehow we lost a day LOL!

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Raijin Fujin – Japan Trip Day #3

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Gibson San gave me this awesome owners catalog which features GT-R’s from all generations. He also gave Bobby and the kids the R35 model he got when he bought his car from the dealership!!!

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Sushi lunch!

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The grass is greener on the other side. The river separates the 2 towns, one side looks after their town, the other doesn’t!

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Turns out Masa has another warehouse that’s not being used and he’s offered it to me for ZEN GARAGE… LOL! The mind boggles.

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Save me.

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Turns out the local Matsuri was on! So cool to see the whole community come together (so many kids!) and all the restaurants in the area running food stalls.

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66 Base, Bobby’s mates burger shop makes killer American style burgers.

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Dig It crew supplying the booze.

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Then we spotted Tousou again!

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Bobby gets stares all day long, it’s even better when he yells something out in Japanese, the reactions are gold!

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Spotted.

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We then checked out the 66 Base burger shop. Such a nice fitout!!!

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Hide-San is the owner, he travels to the US a lot and did the whole shop fitout himself too.

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Day #3 had us waking up foggy after a huge night! The guys had planned for me to meet a family of GT-R owners at 9am, and man what a great experience it was! Gibson-San is the boss man in his 35, and soon after his 2 sons rocked up, one in an immaculate 34 V-Spec II and another in a 33. Once Gibson-San approved of me he called his wife down to give me an owners catalog, so cool!

We rested up most of the day in prep for a huge night in Osaka.

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Raijin Fujin – Japan Trip Day #2

walk
This morning Bobby and I went for a brisk walk up to Mimuro Hill to check out a temple at the top.

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Engrish!

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Bamboo surrounds the entire area pretty much.

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View from the top.

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Inside one of the temple rooms.

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Raijin!

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Dream house!

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I can see my GT-R in the driveway for sure!

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This bridge is sooo narrow, it’s amaze! Will shoot video of it ASAP!

tousou
Last night we met a guy who’s in a metal band and he gave us his CD, we’ve had is as backdrop in the BB and it’s been perfect!

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Then we visited Masa’s factory where Bobby used to work. Check out his site here.

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Masa makes Konnyaku in many interesting shapes and forms.

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Some of the machines Bobby used to operate.

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Need this sticker! Lonely driver for life!

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Naomi got her hair done at Verve, her family hairdresser of choice when she’s back home.

lunch
Then we had an awesome lunch with 3 ladies that used to learn English from Bobby years ago.

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3 course meal for $20?! Awesome!

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Group shot.

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The guys had to renew their rego on the BB so we dropped into their local mechanic Tsuji Car.

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Then we spotted this thing! A clean Autozam AZ-1 in for rego.

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I had a go at the skill tester.

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I won! Beginners luck! I got to pick a prize!

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WHOO!!!

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Bobby won this card from a Pokemon game. I’m learning a little bit more about the whole Pokemon culture hanging out with these guys. Definitely not my thing but I’m beginning to get it.

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It’s stinking hot in Japan right now and me being the loose fuck I am I had no idea it was going to be this hot so I packed winter stuff (lol). I had to buy some shorts!

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Back at the pad and hanging out with Bobby’s mate, and nature man Hyouma!

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Then the doorbell rang, and kept on ringing as a few deliveries were made.

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Box of goodies from the official Pokemon Store.

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We then had dinner with the fam at a local spot you’d never find unless someone took you there.

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Smoking at the dinner table? Sick!

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Okonamiyaki!

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Horse! I’ve always wanted to try it and have been denied in the past. It tasted like bacon and has the texture and toughness of kangaroo.

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whale
Then OMFG I had whale. It was the fishiest fish I’ve had in forever.

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FD spotted on the way home.

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BB in Osaka.

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Wangan route home!

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