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Akihabara - Otaku Heaven


The last time I was in Tokyo, I stopped by Akihabara the "Electric Town". For tourists, it's known to be the spot to get deals on new or unreleased (in their country) electronic devices. So you can get the coolest stuff before anybody at home does. It's also known as the favorite spot for Otaku. A friend of mine's told me that Otaku can mean freak as in you like something a lot so you're a freak. So if you like golf then you're a golf freak or golf Otaku. But in today's world I believe the word Otaku refers to a dude who is shy around women, nerdy, and/or geeky. They are typically into electronics, computers, cameras, anime, toys, and women. Except that they don't actu...

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JDM Insider - DVD Review


Check out this review of "JDM Insider - The Kanto Tuners" written by Noah Porter from thespeedlounge.com. Good stuff. Now go and buy the DVD here.

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Girls at Tokyo Auto Salon 2007


I am severly suffering from a crazy hangover today. I went to my friend's (Nathan at Motec) b-day party/dinner at Garlic Jo's in Newport Beach, CA. The food kicks ass there. I mean the food is REALLY good. After dinner, we ended up going to a bar/club called Detroit in Costa Mesa afterwards and that place was pretty cool too. Needless to say, my friends and I got way faded and I headed back to Torrance with a friend where we continued drinking and stuff until 8am. After the post drinking breakfast, I went to sleep at 10:30am. I'm getting too old for this shit, but it's hella fun while you got the fade on...


Back to the subject at hand. Some of my co-workers and friends...

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Tokyo Auto Salon - Best Cars


I know this is late, but oh well. Better late than never. Below are the dopest cars I saw this year at TAS. To be honest, there was more fashion stuff than I hoped to see. What happened to 1990's JDM when everything was just RAW ASS HORSEPOWER? American raw ass horsepower is no fun; they only use it a 1/4 mile at a time. 1990's JDM is my favorite because they USE the power on the street. There were too many fish tanks, chrome wheels, and vans this year.


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NASCAR


Somebody put this up on the cork board at Cosworth. I enjoy NASCAR (or at least the last 20 laps), but I thought this was pretty damn funny.
Non
Athletic

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23

Lagging


I've been lagging big time on putting up entries. So to extend my laggingness, here's a quick video. Do you like mid 90's slow jams like R. Kelly, Blackstreet, Guy, etc? Then you'll like thi...

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Tokyo Auto Salon 2007


I got to Tokyo on Thursday the 11th. I cruised the show with Toshi and my friend Jeff. Some cool stuff here as usual. More pics soon!...

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09

New JDM Insider is out......


I'm sure you guys know by now that "The Kanto Tuners" is out. The trippy part is that even though I'm in it, I HAVE NOT SEEN IT YET. I guess I'll have to buy one to watch myself. What a gyp! It's available from 360 video or XS Engineering. This is more Phil's baby so you should get it from 360, but if you want to pick up a turbo while you're at it and get free shipping then buy it from XS!
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07

Dinner with Tarzan and Toshi


On Friday I had dinner with Tarzan, Toshi, Troy @ XS, and some friends at a Japanese BBQ Yakinikku spot in Fountain Valley. I think it's called Tsuruhashi (good stuff by the way). We ran into Moto Miwa the noodle king and Drift Day founder and his family there too. We didn't take any pics because we had way too much sake, but I thought I would mention how much fun we had. We had this whole 30 minute making fun of Toshi session on how Toshi was the gatekeeper in F&F3: Tokyo Drift. This is when the hick and Bow Wow roll up in the incredible Hulk VW and Bow Wow says, "What up, Tosh?!?!" Toshi proceeds to be the gatekeeper and opens up the gate. It took 4 hours to shoot this scene a...

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04

New Years


I spent NYE at Toshi's pad. Yes, Mr. Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, official English D1 announcer, JDM-Insider super star himself. Also there was Yu-san (JDM magazine photographer and JDM Insider), Phil from JDM Insider/360 Video who also doubled as the bad ass DJ, our good friend Jeff Igushi, Jimmy Lin (F&F Tokyo Drift super star), my friend Dave, and all of their associated girlfriends and friends. Was it a party? Today is Wednesday and I am just BARELY recovering. Unfortunately I was unable to take too many pics due to the fact that I was partying super hard, but here a couple. Most ...

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Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas ya'll. And Hannukah, Quanza, etc. for the rest of you. I had a very nice Christmans eve dinner at the Tajima household last night. The Tajima household is my home away from home in Huntington Beach harbor area. Eiji from Tomei, Mike Ferrara from D-Sport, and Frank from Z.Speed (?) were at dinner too.
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23

Buttonwillow Time Attack 11/06 Video



 

I finally edited this video. It's Tarzan Yamada kicking ass in the XS BNR32 GT-R. Only 0.3 seconds away from the Cyber EVO. Next time...

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21

American Touge 3


Yesterday was Best Motoring Video's American Touge 3 at the Horse Thief Mile @ Willowsprings Raceway. The drift king and kazama were there to drive American's "best" tuned cars. Greg from XS and I brought out the XS BNR32 since the BNR34 GT-R is now retired. The headlining theme of AT3 was supposed to be the Mine's BNR34 GT-R Japan "Touge Monster" vs the XS Engineering BNR32 USA "Touge Monster". Unfortunately after I warmed up the car and took the car for a quick drive to check the boost, a rod bearing failed. I think it was from the extreme G's at high speed tracks from Time Attacking that led to oil starvation. Anyhow, it ended up being the Cosworth/Dyno-Comp STi which is a mo...

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#1 steak in Florida

 

Last night I went to Charley's the #1 rated steak house in Florida. It's even consistently rated top 10 in the entire country. I think you can check it out at www.charleyssteakhouse.com. Was it good? It was the absolute most tender steak I've had in my life. Actually it was 2 bone-in veal fillet mignons and 1 bone-in veal chop. I also had a giant baked potato, some mashed potato, garlic bread, a house salad, a giant piece of asparagus, a piece of fried green tomato, a bite of key lime pie, and 7 grey goose and sodas. I think I ate 2,000,000 calories....but fuck was it good.....I think the fried green tomato is a southern thing. I probably wouldn't recommend it.


 

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Cool shit at PRI

 

PRI is pretty dope. There are a lot of real deal race parts here. What I like checking out are the exotic parts. Enter the AP carbon race rotors, pads, and monoblock calipers. You can buy multiple CARS with how much these brakes cost. They are designed for prototypes, ALMS P2 & 675 race cars, LeMans, and other balls out racing. I love this shit.


 

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13

Kodak EasyShare V705 Dual Lens Camera

 

Real quick: the Kodak V705 is the bombest ass camera that is commercially available for a point and shoot. ISO and aperature adjustments are some of the cool features. The ultimate feature is the ultrawide angle lens. There are two lens an ultrawide and a 5x zoom. The trend started when Phil and Toshi bought the V570 in Japan when filming JDM Insider. My cheap ass finally forked out for a new digi cam and I must say I love this camera. $289 at buy.com if you use the google checkout feature. It comes in black, silver, and pink for you girls or fags out there. I got the silver one. Check it:


 

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Performance Racing Industry Show

 

I'm in Orlando, Florida now for the PRI show for Cosworth. BTW, I work at Cosworth now developing performance parts for their street engine department. It's a pretty exciting job working at a true motorsports engine manufacturer. I still help out at XS of course. Anyhow, this is my first time at the PRI show and I can say that it's pretty damn sweet. Especially if you're a hardcore race/car enthusiast. Most of it is NASCAR/circle track hick stuff, but that stuff is pretty buff too. You gotta respect where respect is due. Any car capable of going 200 MPH around Talladega is buffer than shit. Never mind that the good ol' boys build them. Imagine if the same people built an FD...


 

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Super Street Time Attack with XS BNR32 GT-R


Last week the XS GTR finished 2nd overall and 1st in the 4WD Unlimited class at the Super Street Time Attack finals at Buttonwillow Raceway in California. Tarzan Yamada, who by the way is the fucking man at driving high powered Time Attack cars, piloted the XS GTR like the master that he is. What was absolute bullshit, was the World Challenge GT3 Porsche Cup car that won first overall. A $300,000 (without mods), factory built, all carbon, race car was at a tuner industry time attack. If you add up the cost of the track time for development, Moton 3 way adjustable dampers, carbon fiber/magnesium wheels, and the host of other goodies, we're probably talking another $100k. Anyhow, the part ...


 

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Beyond the Dyno - Hawaii

By Eric Hsu

I've been severely lagging on posting so I'm gonna try and catch up here. Last month I went to Hawaii for my friend Dave's wedding. He maried a nice girl who's name is Kaori. I can't think of a better union eventhough I don't really believe in the institution of marriage. This was my 3rd tour of duty as a best man. Anyhow, Hawaii is the BOMB. I try to go at least once every other year because there's nothing like cruising around Hawaii with the tradewind breeze and all. If you can afford it, you want to get married in Hawaii because it's super nice. The wedding party had a ton of drinkers there so I got the fade on too. A little too much because the Hotel got a couple of presents on the ...


 

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