Monday, December 16, 2019

Why I Love Blogging - Stills of Tokyo Life

Sometimes I am surprised at the fact that, four years in, I am still regularly writing on this platform. Over time I have planned in advance some posts or went out of my way to cover topics of public interest, but days like this remind me why I started in the first place.

Today I had absolutely no plans to take photos, nor to blog: it was just another regular Monday in Tokyo and I am running on fumes as we wrap up the year. But I so just happened to find myself in Ginza for a late afternoon meeting and was, as always, captivated by its bright lights and unique architecture - a perfect blend of old and new.

And as I was walking towards the station I inevitably passed through the famous Ginza Yonchome crossing, which has been home of Nissan’s most prestigious showroom since 1963. This is the same corner where Nissan Crossing is located today.

Ginza is a location close to my heart as I remember visiting the old Nissan building in 2007 and literally stumbling into my first encounter with a JGTC machine - a Fairlady Z GT500 racer that was on display at the time.

A R35 GT-R is really not a rare sight anymore, especially in Japan. However, this very red (actually Vibrant Red) MY20 GT-R caught my attention for a different reason.

It was a bit like a flashback and reminded me of the surprise, over 10 years ago, of seeing the crazy aero and red Motul livery of the Z appearing out of nowhere in the midst of Tokyo’s luxury district. 

This was before Google maps and YouTube took over, a time where the only way to find Tokyo’s hidden secrets was to get out and walk or talk with the locals.

Everything has been said and written about the R35, but is still a very mighty machine with a unique road presence. Personally I am a fan of more metallic paint finishes, but this hue is a good nod at Nissan racing colors (and the same reason why the Z-tune interior is finished in red alcantara).

The theme was also echoed upstairs, with the Leaf Nismo RC finished in the new scheme introduced for the 2020 season. A similar car was also on display last weekend during Nismo Festival at Fuji Speedway.

The interior has been heavily criticized, and perhaps rightly so, but who has ever bought a GT-R for its interior finish?

The only criticism that I really have to make is the steering wheel, or better, the huge badge placed right in the middle of it. For some reason I think it would look better without it, or maybe with something more subtle.

Other than that I think the finish on the post 2017 facelift model look pretty good considering the price/performance point of the car.

Nissan Crossing is also an interesting place for those interested in getting up and close with rare concept cars, like the Ariya that was presents at Tokyo Motor Show in November. Rumors are that the GT-R50 by Italdesign is due to make an appearance in January.

Despite the photos above I must have spent no longer than 10 minutes at the showroom, just before a nice lady notified me (in perfect English) that they were about to close. I thanked them for their time and kept strolling down Ginza.

And since I was close enough I thought that a quick detour towards Tsukiji for some sushi could be a great way to wrap up the day.

While sitting down at one of my favorite spots I started to go through my photos and decided to write this very post while eating dinner.

You won’t find any rare R34 photo or unheard Nismo story today, but impromptu posts like this are the very reason why I love blogging: unfiltered Tokyo life from the eyes of a guy who just love cars and Japan.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time.

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