Colorado Springs

I went to Colorado Springs on a kind of spur of the moment trip to hang out with my friend Snoddy.  Since getting back from Japan I haven't been working and have had the travel bug so it was a nice change of weather and scenery.  We did some hiking around, drank lots of beer and ate good food for a couple of days.

The day I left the skies were clear so I had a great view of Pikes Peak and the mountain range.

We went to Red Rock park which is very close to Garden of the Gods.  I thought Garden of the Gods was a little better, but since I had visited there last time we opted for something different.

After hiking around here for a few miles we headed to The Incline.  Do a quick google search for some specs, but it is basically a massive amount of stair at a steep incline on one of the mountains by Pikes Peak.  It took about 50 minutes I think to make it to the top and 2 days for my butt muscles to stop hurting lol.  After making it past the false summit (what looks like to be the top in the picture below) you have to continue to climb even more.  At the top there is a great view.  My favorite part is the hike down, you get spectacular canyon views, see some huge rocks and luckily for me this time it was snowing for about 20 minutes, which just set it off.

After that we headed to dinner and some beers.

Another day we went to Cave of the Winds.  The lobby had some awesome views before going into the caves, which were neat but unfortunately not as cool as the last ones I went to.  The building was built on the edge of this cliff which was home to a lot of Native Americans.  Apparently there are lots of small caves and artifacts found around this area.

Some sink holes from a long time ago prior to entering the cave.

Aaaand inside.

This was the lobby where you can eat and overlook the canyons.

This was the view as we left to go home.

That pretty much concludes the 3 day trip, it was short but I felt like we did enough.  Thanks for letting me stay Snoddy!


Back to America

This probably will go back to not getting updated much since I came back to America today.  Hopefully all will go well and I will be moving back to Japan in a few months.  Until then here are my last 3 days in Japan.  I dedicated everyday to Ramen <3

This first place was in Harajuku, honestly probably some of the best miso ramen I have ever had in my life.  I got the Miso Chashu with firm noodles, which are also futomen (thick noodles).  Broth was thick and flavor was great.

Next day I was kinda wandering around, I new I was gona get a bowl of ramen later so I wasn't trying to eat much throughout the day, but I ran into a matsuri.  Whenever I see a matsuri I can't pass up the street food.  I had Osaka style okonomiyaki and some taiyaki type been filled pastry, which was all washed down by a chu-hai.

I went to kill some time at game center and since my favorite drift game Battle Gear is no longer around I started a file on InitialD.

On to the next ramen spot.

This place was superb as well, about a 3 minute walk from Yokosukachuo station.

Lastly and most disappointingly as you can probably tell from the clear broth was a standard ramen.  I was recommended a great place but after it being closed and me being starving I settled for basic ramen.  Oh well wasn't bad for only $6.

I took the YCAT Limousine from Yokohama to Narita, it's so much nicer than taking the train, especially if you have lots of heavy luggage; changing stations can be a huge drag.  I took a couple quick cell phone pics leaving Yokohama :(

This was my last meal in the airport before leaving Japan.  Zaru soba (cold) with some tenpura, sashimi, veggies and a cold brew.  I had a great trip and unfortunately haven't secured a job, but hopefully I will be posting an update soon letting everyone know if I am heading back or not.


Rabbit Cafe in Harajuku

Yesterday I went and met my gf after work.  I took her to an Usagi Cafe (Usagi=Rabbit) down one of the many back alley roads in Harajuku.  Japan is pretty famous for strange cafes as they have rabbit, cat, dog, bird (owls, hawks ect) themed cafes spread out mostly in Tokyo.  I opted for the rabibit cafe because it was closest to her work and she already interacts with dogs and cats normally.  You pay roughly $7 for 30 minutes and you get drinks with that, although I didn't even finish my one drink because majority of the time is spent playing with the rabbits.  They have an hour session as well but I felt 30 minutes was enough.  You also pay $1.50 for a small bowl of fruits and veggies to feed them.  They had about 20 rabbits but you can only have one out at a time, although they do allow you to change rabbits about 3 times in the 30 minutes.  I thought it was worth the money for something different.

Here is a link with more information if you would like to visit.

I stopped at Yodobashi Camera to look at watches before I went to Harajuku, and took this photo standing on the platform.


Kannonzaki Lighthouse

I went to Kannonzaki Lighthouse the other day in Yokosuka.  It was a beautiful day and I can walk there from where I am staying.  It only costs 200yen to enter and you get to go inside and walk up to the top; it's definitely worth it.  Here are just a few cell phone pics I took, unfortunately I didn't take my camera.

Unfortunately I am only in Japan for 5 more days.  I did however have an interview today that I felt went pretty well.  We talked for a whole hour, which is far longer than any other interview I have had before.  Who knows though lol.. I have another options as well I have been working on so hopefully at least one of the pans out and I can be back shorty for good!

The light itself was really cool looking.

It was pretty clear out; I could see Landmark Tower, Tokyo and the Chiba coastline really well.

Water was really clear along Uraga beach as well.

Not relevant really but I had some good Nepalese Curry and Baskin Robins (or 31 as they call it here).



Yesterday my gf and I just walked around the local area some.  We spent some time by the water, which was surprisingly clear in some parts.  Other than Okinawa, Japan doesn't have that clear of water usually.  I found a spot yesterday that was really nice, unfortunately it's too cold to swim now, well for me at least.  I hate cold water.  There was a bridge that went over this water and it looked to be at least 3-4 feet deep and I could see the bottom easily so it was pretty nice.  Maybe I will come back here in the summer.

Glamour shots by Deb haha.

Yokosuka is very mountainous and has lots of tunnels, I believe hearing somewhere before that it has the most tunnels per area out of any city in Japan.  I'm not sure though.

I also had ramen the other night at the old spot I used to go to by my old apartment.  Their specialty ramen is called 631 ramen (6 seaweed sheets, 3 slices of chashu, and 1 egg).  It's mandatory in Japan that you have a beer with ramen, in case you didn't know.


1JZ Meet @ Fuji Speedway

Every year there is a JZ meeting at Fuji Drift Park and I was lucky enough to be in Japan this time of the year.  There were a lot of nice cars and the weather was absolutely perfect. Driving to Fuji is always so beautiful.  There are small mountains everywhere, the sky is blue and the air is clean..well until you get to the track at least.

I took some pics in the parking lot by where we parked, just a few of the cars that caught my eye.  If you are a jz lover this is the event for you.  I would say there are 200+ cars here every year from all over the country.

MarkX's are really neat cars.

Of course there are other models mixed in the parking lot, but in order to drift you have to have a 1j/2j engine, doesn't matter what chassis it is in.  I really like Cefiro's and you don't see too many anymore so I took a pic of this one.

For some reason I really like the Nissan March even though it's not a drift car I always think having one would be a fun tuner/grip car.

GC8 for the subbie lovers.

Walking up to the track now.

Pretty cool that this car and the red one below it are both the same car; both conversions were done well.

This one had an Audi front end on it, I don't care for it but it was done well at least.

Crazy diffuser setup on this Chaser.

D1 guys were out doing a demo run before lunch.

The yellow MarkX was my favorite out of the group of professionals.  It is driven by Kuniaki Takahashi and makes around 900hp I believe.

One neat thing about drift park is you can stand on the wall as people try to get close and rub their bumpers.

Some people get too close lol.  Unfortunately he under steered straight into it and messed the car up pretty bad, he was waiting on a tow truck when I left.

One clip of some action and wreck aftermath.