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Monday, January 23, 2023

The Not-So-Secret, Secret Tokyo Underground Meet


Meals For Thought…

As I descended to basement stage, the scent of stagnant, humid air blended with exhaust fumes started to fill the elevator.

For a cut up second, I assumed the elevator had gone via a portal straight to Malaysia, however the lack of two-stepping and rev battles instructed me that I used to be certainly nonetheless in Japan

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The doorways open to Takashi-san’s secret Tokyo underground meet – timed to coincide with the Tokyo Auto Salon – and a parking storage full of folks and vehicles.

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The location was solely made recognized the morning of the meet, and even then the main points had been despatched privately with specific directions on what to do, the place to park, and the way not to get the eye of the police stationed proper subsequent door to the venue.

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Sharing or discussing the meet on SNS was additionally strictly forbidden.

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Watching Takashi-san working backwards and forwards nervously led me to suppose issues may need gotten slightly out of hand.

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“The parking employees are complaining that there are too many individuals, and are asking us to go away now,” he mentioned, confirming my suspicions.

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I instantly felt sorry for Takashi-san, and was barely irritated, as clearly phrase had unfold far past the invited.

Why do folks must destroy factor? Can’t folks comply with easy directions?

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The vibe of the venue is ideal for underground meets and I’m certain a variety of effort and time went into securing the spot, so hopefully it hasn’t been ruined for future utilization.

On The Different Hand…

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Maybe I’m every part the flawed method, although? It’s attainable that I’m being overly vital concerning the scenario and wish to have a look at issues from a unique perspective.

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As a result of, regardless of there being much more folks than Takashi-san had anticipated to show up, everybody who was there was extremely well mannered, pleasant, and most significantly, respectful.

And you may’t blame anybody for desirous to attend.

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Everybody had an unimaginable time, together with Takashi-san, who was so comfortable that folks may take pleasure in themselves at his secret/not-so-secret occasion.

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The extra I give it some thought, maybe hanging that steadiness between having enjoyable and never crossing that line of being disrespectful is vital.

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If we are able to hold this steadiness alive and properly into the longer term, automobile tradition can proceed to be an incredible expertise to be personally concerned in and better of all – share with others.

I wasn’t the one Speedhunter at this meet; Toby was additionally current and has lined up a extra detailed take a look at a couple of vehicles that caught his eye, so hold a glance out for that story.

Mina otsukaresama desu!

Ron Celestine
Instagram: celestinephotography



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