Sunday, August 30, 2020

Midnight Cruising

Midnight Cruising - this was the title of a Japanese blog I used to follow over 15 years ago when I was still living in Italy. The author was a master builder of Tamiya scale models and used the platform to document the progress of his projects - I remember an incredible build of the 2003 Xanavi Nismo GT-R. One day he had enough and just simply shut the blog down, everything was gone overnight. I wonder what he’s doing now.

Tokyo, 00:03 AM - I just came back from a night cruise in the CRS around the bay area and a quick stop at Tatsumi after fitting the new parts (thanks, Occhy!). I ran into a guy with a camera who later sent me some nice shots of the car. I rarely post photos that are not mine, but the hell with it - they look awesome.

Another hot summer night in Japan and I’m now back home, sipping on what is probably one too many glasses of white wine. What a time to be alive: the world is literally upside down, I haven’t seen my family in over a year, work is hectic like never before and we hang on anything we can to savour a glimpse of normal life.

Yet I can’t help but look back and smile, realize how all the dots connect in the end. 15 years have gone by so fast. Coming here at 21, getting lost somewhere in Tokyo, no smartphones, no Google maps. Just stop a stranger and ask - you’ll get home. Late nights ramen in a dark alley, God knows where. 

It’s late, still very hot, but there is a light breeze. Life is a crazy ride - drive your car.

Until next time.

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