Before our maiden visit to the Nostalgic 2 Days show, there was one thing about the event that kept me up awake at night trawling through the internets, the swap meet. A sectioned off area at the event for vendors to turn up and sell just about anything related to old kyushas and cars in […]Read more "Nostalgic 2 Days 2020 – The Stuff"
Nakano Broadway, one of those places i’ve read about and always found fascinating but somehow, have never ventured into, even after repeated trips to Tokyo. Mostly because Nakano is situated slightly away from the main stretch of my usual haunts and because i always shuffle my shopping trips towards the tail end of my holidays, […]Read more "Tokyo Toy-Otaku 2017: Nakano Broadway"
As i’m finishing up my write ups for the Tokyo Auto Salon, i figured now would be a good time to take a detour and show you guys what i was up to the day before the big event. You all should by now have seen coverage of the Tokyo Fresh Meet that happens on […]Read more "Tokyo Auto-Otaku 2017: Odaiba Toyota History Garage"
Seeing that i’ll be away for a short trip tomorrow, i figured it’d be okay to do up just one more feature for the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon and this time, take a seat, relax and have a look at what else was at the show beyond the crazy cars, sexy girls and mad crowds. […]Read more "TOKYO TOY-OTAKU: お土産(OMIYAGE)HUNTING IN TOKYO AUTO SALON 2017"
While entry into the World of air-cooled Porsche 911s is currently a rather expensive one, this wasn’t always the case, with many turning a blind eye to these rear engined sports cars from Stuttgart as recently as maybe 5 years back. Back then, vintage 911s were still somewhat of an oddity and bargains could be […]Read more "Entry Level: Tomica Limited Vintage 1/64 Porsche 912 “Aichi Prefecture Freeway Police”"
Back in the 60s, Nissan wasn’t that big of a player in the international automotive market and in the process of creating a halo sports car, partners with Yamaha to engineer a replacement for the Fairlady Roadster. This partnership sadly fell through as Yamaha’s engine was not meeting Nissan’s expectations, Nissan then famously decided to continue […]Read more "Red hot: Ignition Models’ 1/18 S30 Fairlady Z"
It started out small, those short visits to the Tomica shop in Tokyo Station, just one or two cars as a souvenir. Then another trip to Tokyo, and another Tomica. Then another, and another, and now i have a small little fleet of five Tomica Limited Vintage 1/64 cars sitting on my shelf. For the […]Read more "Turn of the Century : Tomica Limited Vintage 1/64 Toyota Century"
Back in Akihabara, every toy-otaku’s dream locale and a place where i’ve never fully yet explored even after visiting Tokyo a few times already. There are just so many things to see and if you have a partner tagging along who is not at all impressed with anything in this district, chances are time is […]Read more "Tokyo Toy-Otaku: Yellow Submarine, Liberty & TamTam"
There is a saying, “Once a die-caster, always a die-caster.” Actually, i totally made that up. But the truth is, the collecting of these little cars is an immensely addictive hobby. One that i thought i had given up many years ago only to succumb every now and then. Occasionally giving in when i spy […]Read more "Redux: Ignition Models’ 1/18 KPGC10 “Hakosuka” Skyline"
Literally meaning, “souvenir”, an omiyage is a gift from a trip, usually to give to family and acquaintances but in this instance, mostly for myself. For those who visit the Tokyo Auto Salon and find bringing home memories of the event or photos of scantily clad girls just not quite enough, there’s plenty of “omiyage” […]Read more "Tokyo Toy-Otaku: お土産(Omiyage)hunting in Tokyo Auto Salon 2015"