Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tokyo 2012 Day 5 - Asakusa & Harajuku

Straying off the updates of the Auto Salon and back onto our Tokyo Holiday. We started off slightly later on day 5. After getting some rest from all that walking around at the Auto Salon the day before, we headed off to Asakusa for a nice day of sightseeing.

As it was a saturday (good weather too!), there were plenty of crowds and locals visiting the Asakusa Sensoji temple. We started off walking around Nakamise with all it's touristy shops.

Some food too.

Spotted a toy Dachshund.

BBQ beef was gooooood, especially during the cold weather.

Talk to the hannnnd!

You "donate" some yens, shake a cylinder and out comes a number to collect a piece of paper with your fortune.

You gets your fortunes from these boxes.

I had a lousy one.

You can go get yourself smoked for some good fortune...

...or alternatively, buy some charms.

There was a monkey show going on, but we left after a while as the monkey didn't look like he was having much fun (he actually looked quite scared at some points). Can't imagine what goes on during training.

I tried to take some arty-farty B&W shots.

There was another temple at the back with plenty of foxes.

We had some snacks after this and made our way to Harajuku station.

Onward to the Meiji Shrine.

There was some ice sculpture exhibit going on along the walkway to the shrine. It was pretty cool (hur hur hur).

Some JDM chick got in the way of my shot.

I liked this one.

Inside the Meiji shrine i tried more arty shots...

...while Jamie bought charms for people back home.

Eating ice cream during winter is always fun. They don't melt. I had "Black vanilla" flavour, taste exactly like regular vanilla.

We left the shrine just as it was about to close and went for a walk down Takeshita Dori.

AKB store, these AKB chicks are everywhere!

As it got dark, i stopped taking pictures and since the shops here closed rather early, we snooped into a ramen joint called Kyushu Jangara for dinner. It was not bad.

Read more:
Tokyo 2012 Day 1
Tokyo 2012 Day 2 - Part 1: Sushi-Dai & Ginza
Tokyo 2012 Day 2 - Part 2: Toyota Megaweb
Tokyo 2012 Day 3 - Tokyo Disneysea!
Tokyo 2012 Day 5 - Asakusa & Harajuku
Tokyo 2012 day 7 - Akihabara
Tokyo 2012 day 8 - Hakone!
Tokyo 2012 day 9 - Last day in Tokyo

Tokyo Auto Salon 2012 - The Italians

There were no shortage of sexy Italian metal in the halls of the Auto Salon. Pimped up Lamborghinis, petite Fiat500s and a couple of Ferraris. Let's start with some old school flavour with a black Testarossa flanked by 2 lovely laides, sitting at Goodyear's booth, next to the lovely RUF featured in a previous post.

HRE had a California with 2 different sets of wheels on each side.

Pirelli had a pretty stock looking Ferrari FF, it was my first time seeing the FF in the flesh and being a fan of the Shooting Brake style, i loved it.

Need new wheels for your Prancing Horse? How about some Asantis? I liked the detailing on the edge of the rim.

Hyper Forged wheels had Ferrari's stablemate, Maserati, on some rather big kicks to fill up the entire wheelarch.

Not forgetting Ferrari's parent company, there were some Fiats on display as well. This yellow 500 from Tipo looked particularly sweet.

Abarth had a 500 and Punto.

You cannot feature Italian cars and miss out on the misfits from Lamborghini and there were plenty of Lambos to savour at the event. One of the first cars we saw when we entered the halls was this blinging Diablo, even the rear vents were shiny.

But for some real bling, look no further then this Murcielago from VITT-Performance.

The detailing of this car is just awesome. Those swarovskis were all individually applied.

The wheels got airbrushed and even the tyres had sparkly pink paint used as highlights.

Talking about bling, have you ever seen a gold-chrome Lamborghini in real life? It's pretty crazy.

This golden boy is from Liberty Walk, their booth was pretty much Lamborghini-lovers heaven.

The one that caught my attention the most was this military spec LP660. I love how they did all the decals with a slight fade to replicate wear.

Even the interior of this mean green machine got the full camo treatment.

And for those grocery runs down the local store, you can have this similarly themed Suzuki Every van.

When booth space just isn't enough for the Liberty Walk boys, they stack em up!

There were even miniature Liberty Walk cars on display, although i shudder to think of how much those little babies would cost.

Too many Murcielagos? How about the latest Aventador sitting on Hyper Forged wheels as well.

Boom Craft also had a Murci on display but i think the car's not getting the most attention at the moment.


Read more:
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: The Girls! Part 1!

Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: The BMWs
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: Audi & VW
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: Volvos
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: Mercedes-Benz
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: Porsches
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: MINIs and an Evoque
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: The Italians
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: British Marques
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: The Carpark
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: Fatlace
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: Rotaries and Mazdas
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: Toyota Hachiroku
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: Subaru BRZ
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: Old School Cool "The Classics"
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: Honda
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: Subarus & Mitsubishis
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: GTRs & Nissans
Tokyo Auto Salon 2012: Daihatsu & Suzuki

Tokyo 2012 Day 1
Tokyo 2012 Day 2 - Part 1: Sushi-Dai & Ginza
Tokyo 2012 Day 2 - Part 2: Toyota Megaweb
Tokyo 2012 Day 3 - Tokyo Disneysea!
Tokyo 2012 Day 5 - Asakusa & Harajuku
Tokyo 2012 day 7 - Akihabara
Tokyo 2012 day 8 - Hakone!
Tokyo 2012 day 9 - Last day in Tokyo