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Hikkaido – if your extremities are not important to you

I have spent the last few days in Hikkaido, which is possibly as opposite as you could get to the hussle and bussle of Tokyo

I caught the Shinkansen from Sendai as far north as possible (travelling at more than 200kph), then switched to slower trains to travel through the worlds longest under-ocean tunnel to Hikkaido. I went to Nieseko to go skiing, which gets the second highest amount of snow in the world, and is powder heaven. Unfortunately I have no photos as, well, I was skiing!

I then moved on to Otaru, a seaside fishing village which is very popular amongst Japanese tourists. Call me crazy, but how could I resist the pull of an ice cream shop, even in this weather? Well, you can’t when they have flavors such as beer, crab, squid and sea urchin on offer!

I opted for the squid and sea urchin, double scoop. The sea urchin flavor had a fishy feel, but remained quite palatable. The squid had the same smell as an octupus my sister Ava caught on our beach holiday in January,
and had the texture and feel of the dark mud you would find in New Zealand’s South Island, but actually tasted fine

The main attraction of Otaru at the moment, however, is it’s snow festival. Nearby Sapporo has a much larger (but more commercial) version that attracts over 2 million people from around the world

There’s plenty great sculptures to be found, some with great effect like this giant candle-holder on a corner

Although the Japanese national drink is sake, they are big beer drinkers too. Hikkaido has a reputation for beer production, producing Sapporo beer, but the Weiss I had from this local brewery was delicious, with a slightly banana flavor to it

Otaru is making a name for itself in the blown glass world too, apparently. It’s not of great interest to me, but it was great to watch these craftsmen at work as they made glasses, decorations and bowls (the heat their shops gave off was a bonus, too).

I’m starting to get white legs, so it’s time for me to pack my bags and jump on a shinkansen south so I can get out my shorts!


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JCCA: Uncategorised Cool

You could probably have spent weeks chatting, buying, storytelling, looking and oogeling at JCCA (that is, if it went for weeks), but here is a selection of uncategorised cool from the event that I haven’t yet posted or sent to Motormavens but think is interesting.

This was the view that greeted me as I poked my head out of the subway station. I couldn’t believe my eyes!

Then, walking to the front gate I saw this Lamborghini Countach. I didn’t see it inside event, so I’m assumed the owners just cruised there in it. I’m regretting not taking a walk around the parking lot.

I’m a fan of old Celicas, and this one was particularly nice, with a more traditional flavor to it

The extensiveness of the event was pretty impressive

These handmade headers for a Datsun A-series certainly caught my eye

As did this attention-grabbing Z

This Datsun Fairlady would be quite valuable in Australia, I’d imagine

I really wanted these tiny Work Equips. At 10x6j, they would have looked great on my tiny KB10, but unfortunately had the wrong PCD. A bargain at only 30000yen!

I had to post this one – its a Holden Premier from Aus, badged as a Mazda with a rotary! This would be blasphemy at home, and I don’t imagine the fuel economy would be all that great, but they are rare as hens teeth! I gave the guy my email and have offered to help him with parts

This old helmet was just one of the interesting things (that I wanted to buy) that the vendors were selling

Although not particularly popular in the US or Aus, there was a few of these Izuzu GT’s

How could I leave out this Z, perfectly styled?

This rally car (can someone identify it for me?) had presence as it rolled past

As did this Celica

That’s all for my JCCA coverage – I hope you’ve enjoyed it! I’ve got some coverage of my trip to Tsukuba I’ll sitting on, and I’m sure I’ll have more car-related before too long.


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