Sunday, August 27, 2017

Summer Update and Obon Festivities

If you are a regular follower of my blog recently you may have noticed a slight change in terms of contents, with an increase of "everyday" type of posts. I have spent much of the past year sharing a large chunk of my knowledge about the BNR34 and, while I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response, I started to feel that the blog was losing a bit of its essence. It's great to receive positive feedback, but, at the same time, continuously sourcing new and unreleased material about the same car can become a bit stressful. I also disliked the idea of driving to certain locations or events just to produce a post; I always thought about the opposite: documenting events as they where happening in real life.

After all, I always wanted to keep this blog as real as possible: in between a personal diary about my BNR34 ownership, but also as a channel to export bits and pieces of everyday, non staged life in Japan and its automotive culture from a genuine owner prospective, rather than a journalist.

No worries, I'm not planning to flood this blog with food pics, but I'll mix up the contents a bit more moving forward. Personally, owning a BNR34 is just half of the fun; owning it in Japan is what makes it so special to me, and I want to share a bit more of this.

The past two weeks have been fairly quiet as everything slowed down for the mid summer obon festivities (Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestors). This tradition is deeply rooted in Japanese culture and I took the opportunity to enjoy the local matsuri.

It's a massive event that every neighborhood come out to celebrate. I got carried away and followed the crowd along Sumida river, ending up in Asakusa.

Koto Ward is fascinating: it's a slightly older area of Tokyo, definitely a bit dirtier, but oozes a great late 90's vibe.

I also ran into what appeared to be (to my untrained eyes at least) a genuine FD3S Spirit R.

Ginza is always a great place for car spotting and, while usually dominated by luxury sedans or European supercars, this vintage Z totally stole the scene.

On my way back home I also stopped by a new Nissan dealer in Chuo-ku.

It's a rather large facility, a bit closer to my place and obviously comes with a maintenance area, but nothing like Nismo Performance Center, so I don't think I'll service my GT-R here.

Towards the end of the day I spotted a fellow BNR34 owner, which reminded me that R's Meeting 2017 is less than two weeks away. I'm off to Europe next week, but I'll be back just in time - see you there!

Until next time.


  1. Good post. I totally understand that its very demanding to constantly get new info on the same car, you still have interesting posts tho! Your posts about japanese car coulture and life makes me want to ship my R34 back to Japan just to drive it there �� ceep up the good work! And by the way, enny idea on were i can get that Nismo catalogue? ��

  2. Thanks Chris! Yes, absolutely, this blog has really no second agenda: no sponsors, no ads - I really just want to share genuine contents. Not that I have driven my GT-R anywhere else, but Japan definitely takes the experience to a whole different level.
    Nismo catalogue: have you tried Yahoo auctions?