Sunday, January 28, 2007

Fun & games at S.S drift park

For todays outing I took my rx-7 fc out for a well needed drift. Decided to try SS park at nihonmatsu today as I had been there plenty of times to watch rally or drifting but never driven myself. The track consists of 2 main straghts and lots of long and tight corners to test your drifting skills. Stu and Sammie joined me as my pit crew and co drivers for the day. Normally they would be driving also but their drift cars at parked at Ebisu circuit without rego.
So anyway the day started out well with good sunny weather (considering its the middle of winter) and only about 4 other cars out for a drift. So after paying my 2500yen (about 26 bucks au?) and swapping some tires around I was out for a few warm up laps. After about the 2nd lap the my first glitch of the day happened. One of my tires decided to come of the rim.

Time for another tire change. Anyway after 10 or so laps I was starting to get the hang of it, then another tire would shed its skin so back in the pits for another change. After a few hours into it I was starting to get pretty confident even though I was now resorting to using stud less snow tires on the back as I had ran out of all my other tires I brought. They are good for snow conditions but on dry tarmac they are slippery as but good fun.

I'm getting pretty confident by now so with Stu as my co driver I was pushing pretty hard. But then trouble struck! after a long drift around the final corner before the main straight I didn't counter steer properly and we went flying into a guard rail ahhhhhh!! We could both see it happening a few seconds in advance but alas there was nothing we could do...

Luckily the engine wasn't damaged so after a bit of hand panel beating by the fellas and removal of unwanted dangling parts we were back in action! Wicked fun!!! but now I gotta fix my car and get some new tires, preferably ones that don't fall off or pop after 2 laps!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Are you avin a laugh?? Is e avin a laugh??

Jagshimash! This is a new section I'm dedicating to weird signs and stuff I come across on my travels. The kind of stuff that makes ya say WTF!!!!

please, you make look. very nice!

This sign is outside a hair salon. Not only for hair on head!

Soon mushrooms will be more expensive than gold at this rate. Just 200en ($2.14au) for a pack 3 or 6 tiny shrooms. Bargain!.....not

I think this girl has intentions of giving a subliminal message to the people buying this camera. But I just cant put my finger on what it is.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Inawashiro ski paradise

At last great weather and great snow conditions this weekend at Inawashiro ski paradise with Haruna & Stu. We got discount tickets from some dudes who ran one of the parking lots so instead of the usual ¥4600 for a full day pass, we paid ¥3000 sweeet. The snow was pretty dry and soft everywhere and even some power in amongst the tree courses and down under the lift "out of bounds area". As it was Stu's first time in the soft stuff he had trouble finding his balance and got stuck in some trees and branches. Some of the courses were steep and friggin fast and bumpy, and so had a bad case of the speed wobbles on a few occasions but managed to keep it under control somehow. My best stack of the day was on one of the larger jumps when a bad landing saw my butt cheeks spread apart farther than what is humanly possible.
Later in the day Stu got a great response from dropping the "hey beautiful" line on one of hotties boarding past us. Well done Stu!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Rollin in da 5-4

During an outing with a student a couple of nights ago I came across some fellas hanging out with their pimped out yank tanks, about 5 of them. One of the young owners of one of the cars started chattin with me after noticing me taking an interest in his ride. It had a wicked sounding v8, full chrome engine, 40cm subs and of course hydraulics powered by 4 big ass heavy duty batteries and lots of pumps. Heres some pix of one of the lowriders doing its thing.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

New years party pix!

Got some pix sent to me at last from the new years party at As Soon As. For the full report on the party read a few posts down. Thanks Izumi & Yuka for the pix!!

Jonathon(NZ) me & Ricky (Hawaii)

Just kickin it wit my honeyz \,,/(^_^)\,,/

Izumi & Julie

Julie & Johnasansan

my new BF Hawaiian Rick
(one crazy mofo!♫)

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Party marathon!

Just got back from snowboarding again. Went to curico today with Haruna. Its about 30mins drive from here. Still not enough snow like there should be by now but hopefully soon! Weather wasn't great either but still had enough fun. Haruna lost her board boots last time we went so found some new ones at a 2nd hand shop today, Burton boots for 800 en! Bargain!!

Heres a couple of pix from last nites drinking (3rd nite in a row now! ahh) and karaoke with Yuka and a couple of her crazy drunk mates. Yet more proof that Japanese girls don't know when to stop drinking! Sorry about the grainy low qual pix. They were shot on my phone because I forgot mem card for camera. DOH! Here are the three stages of drunkenness...

(marie) Good drunk!

(Marie & Sayaka) Better drunk!

Bad drunk!

Monday, January 01, 2007

2007 count down party

Went out to As Soon As last nite for the new years party. Its a smallish club in Fukushima with a DJ, small dance floor a a few couches scattered around. I met a few friends there and met a few interesting new people. There must have been more than 50 people crammed in to the place for the party so any attempt to get to the bar was always a mission. Had loads of drinks, mostly beers, tequila shots and reggae punches.
By 1am girls were starting to pass out and sleeping on the sofas around the place, seems a lot of Japanese girls cant handle their alcohol very well. So headed home about 4am in the freezing cold on my push bike. Still don't know how I made it home in the condition I was in. Just waiting for some pix from friends who took cameras as I was too lazy this time. Will post some when I get some.

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