When I was planning out my 2016 Trip to Japan, a few events popped up.
Stance G Nation in Odaiba, Tokyo and All Japan Estima Meeting in Shimizu, Shizuoka were happening the same day, same time. I made a mistake thinking that one was on Saturday, October 15th and the other was Sunday, October 16th. (the information I got was for setting up the day before). So I doubly committed (cardiology term) to these events.
This short map is just to show you the distance between the events if you took the Shinkansen. They are in different Prefectures.
I wanted to go to the All Japan Estima meeting because I own a Previa. I am also an extension of Van Kulture and so the VK Japan crew was going to be at Stance G Nation.
What made it even more complex was that Kyouhyou, Sano, Mie and Yukio said they were going to be at Stance. So I wanted to see my leopard family before I leave. Also, Hideya and I did not take a picture at the meeting, so we planned to meet at Stance. Here is the link to that – F31 family at Stance G Nation.
So I committed to follow through on both events. I planned to hit the All Japan ES meeting for 3 hours and head back to Tokyo and spend a couple hours at Stance.
The logistics was horrible. Both locations were 2 hours apart using the Shinkansen (in each direction). But also the distance from the station to the locations, was also a logistical nightmare! LOL.
Cue the maps!
What I had taken to get to the All Japan ES meeting.
I stayed in Shinjuku that night. Shinjuku Station to Tokyo Station:
Then a Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Fuji Station in Shizuoka:
Which was great because I saw Mt. Fuji
Once I got off at Fuji Station, I had to wait 20 minutes. I then got on a train from Fuji Station to Shimizu Station.
Finally, once I got to Shimizu station, I had to take a taxi to the Shimizu Marine Park.
Once I got there, I met with Mr. Kosaka (event organizer). He showed me around and introduced me to a few owners. I told myself, I have a 3 hours to get this event done and head back to Tokyo. I started to snap pictures and then video the event with my Action cam. I then met with my Facebook and Instagram friends and gave them gifts.
While I did see TCR10w Estimas (Previas in North America), I was surprised there was no TCR10Gs, Estima Emina and Estima Lucida. It was mostly an ACR and MCR Estima crowd.
This isn’t all the pictures I took as I have over 400. Just a sample.
I then started to head back. Since the taxi did not stop at Shimizu Marine Park, I jumped on a bus. Now reverse to get back to Tokyo station.
Once I got to Tokyo Station, instead of jumping on the trains to save money, I just paid a taxi cab to take me there. This was the route he took me.
I didn’t know exactly where the event was held at, but it became obvious where the cars were coming from.
The whole time I was in Japan, my phone was broken and didn’t charge. It is also a Samsung phone and nobody there has Samsung or fixes them. So had to use good old human communication. So I couldn’t text Mie or Hideya. I couldn’t contact Toshiaki from Van Kulture. I did tell them I would be there via Facebook when I was using my laptop at the hotel.
Once I arrived, I immediately looked for any of the F31 family saw Kyouhyou. He told me where Mie, Yukio, and Hideya were. I went in that location. After meeting with them, I went to find the Van Kulture Japan guys.
These were the photos I took before my DSLR camera battery died.