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Coming attractions

October 27, 2009 1 comment

With my work in a transitional phase now, I’m happy to report I’ll have a bit more time to squeeze out some new content. Coming up shortly:

Thursday will see a post on my (hopefully successful) driving exam, and a guide on how to beat the system and pass on your first try.

Sunday will be my visit to Tokyo Motor Show. Look for a two part wrap up, with a feature on concept cars and green technology, and a review of the new models.

Part three of my kei-car series will follow with photos from the show floor, and a summary of new and significant models, as well as some innovative features, and hopefully, some hands on experience with the MiEV and Stella EV.

Also, a poll: As always, I’m looking for your feedback. I’d love heaps of happy repeat visitors, and to be blunt, I have more inclination to write than I actually have time. Just ask my wife! So help me out, and comments are deeply appreciated.

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A retrospective preview

October 6, 2009 Leave a comment

The Japanese Grand Prix has returned home to Suzuka, and oh what a difference. It’s criminal to have this circuit third to last on the calendar. Suzuka’s customary penultimate position having added even more drama to countless title battles, I wonder if it’s in danger of losing some of its magic.

While Vettel simply walked away with it this year, what circuit could elicit such awe and admiration from the great, and such remarkable self-destruction from the unworthy. If ever a circuit could separate the men from the boys, it’s Suzuka.

And then the fans.

And this year, for me, it was not to be. Not even on TV. But it is an impetus for the coming retrospectives: Suzuka 2006 and the Fuji experience. Stay tuned.

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Just a preview of future delights!

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

A new beginning, and a return to blogging – with what could hopefully be described as altruistic motives. There is a lot of content forthcoming, and I’m anxious to get cracking!

There are three central aims to the first phase of this blog:

Firstly, to document the process of 外免切替 (gaimen kirikae) or foreign license exchange. This remains for me a work in progress, and your results will vary (greatly). But while I scoured the web and the blogosphere for resources (and found a very few helpful) I’m looking to document the process extensively, with lessons learned and as many insights as I’ve managed to glean.

Secondly, I’m looking to share the ins and outs of buying, owning and maintaining a car in Japan. Having just begun the process, I hope to capture it with all the triumphs and tears, and hopefully share a few insights along the way.

Lastly, expect to begin to see features on what this blog was created for – documenting automotive life and culture in Japan. There will be motorsports coverage, new car reviews, events, recommended drives, motor shows – all the things I’ve been doing for years, but have selfishly kept to myself. Coming soon, expect to see a retrospective on the Japan Grand Prix (and how watching it on TV this year compares to seeing it in person) along with coverage of the Motorsport Festival Odaiba, the Tokyo Motor Show and the opening of Nissan’s swanky new global headquarters.

So watch this space! And if you like what I have to say (or not), want to have your say or have something you’d like to hear about, I’ll see you in the comments.

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