What happen with @stickydiljoe‘s The Chronicles Tokyo Night Meet Akihabara UDX?  What is Daikoku PA and how do you get there?  Part 5 will be about Joey Lee’s Chronicles Tokyo Night Meet and Daikoku PA

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@yutaakaishi and @stickydiljoe figuring out what to do at Akihabara UDX Meet.

So what happen with Joey Lee’s The Chronicles Akihabara UDX Meet?  If you haven’t been following @stickydiljoe’s blogs, shame on you, but what had happened was… the meet was shut down before it even started.  The Chronicles has a huge following in Japan so if there was a meet, you needed to be there early…  The Akihabara UDX meet was set from 10PM to midnight on Saturday 1/14/17 and it didn’t help that the Super Street Fresh Tokyo Meet was on the local Tokyo news a few days before… (blaming Sam Du for this).  People started showing up at 6:30PM and grabbing spots on the first floor so UDX and police shut it down around 8:30PM with the quickness.

I did happen to get a few photos from Akihabara UDX…

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The LEVEL one guys have some of the cleanest and lowest rides I’ve seen like this Mazda RX7 FC3S

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Joey, Yuta (back), and Abbitt at Akihabara UDX Meet.  Joey actually vlogged about what happen so check it out HERE

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A wild Royal Origin Minh appears… 

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I think this is the same ND Miata from the Super Street from Part 3….

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If you’ve never been to Akihabara UDX parking garage, it’s known as the parking garage for Itasha or ‘anime-decaled’ cars…

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Check out this AE86 Panda Trueno… exactly like the one from the Initial D…

You don’t ever see an Mitsubishi EVO V(?) in the states…

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Joseph aka @shihtake finally meeting up @gaku_370z… 

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Looks like a Datsun Sunny truck but different front… 

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Gaku and Joseph still catching up next to Gaku’s 370Z

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They would have the same NMD’s as well…

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White R34 GTR at Akihabara UDX…

I really would’ve liked to stay a bit longer at Akihabara UDX, but Evan, Enrique, and Joseph were waiting outside parked on the street trying to get into the garage.   The garage had closed by 8:30 PM and the street had a bunch of cars parked to the side waiting to see where to go next.  The police had actually started telling these parked cars to move and that’s when Evan drove us to Daikoku Futo

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Even though I’ve been to Japan a few times, I’ve never been able to hit up Daikoku PA because I didn’t really know anyone with a car or didn’t want to bother anyone…

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The drive to the Daikoku PA is pretty cool if you’re a fan of Wangan Midnight… Check out a clip of the arcade game HERE

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To get to Daikoku Futo, you need to a.) drive there yourself  b.) take a cab and risk getting stuck there c.) get a ride from someone in Tokyo.  Personally, I would recommend getting a ride. 

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Luckily, Evan aka @wandering_texan was kind enough to take Enrique, Joseph, and I to Daikoku PA…  

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We finally arrived to Daikoku PA (Parking Area) and it was unusually packed, more than usual according to Evan…

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Evan and his RB powered Stagea Wagon… 

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Daikoku PA is really dark, but you can get by with a fast prime lens.  I’m using a 35mm f1.4 lens and it barely passes good image quality because of the high ISO I’m at.  I’d recommend a camera and tripod setup but I like to shoot quick and travel light…

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Maybe it’s the red color but this MK IV Supra JZA80 with Ridox kit on 20” Advan GT wheels caught my eye…

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This JZA80 build is actually by Auto Garage HKY in Kanagawa Prefecture…

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The problem with shooting shallow depth of field in low light is focusing… looks like my lens backfocused a bit here… 

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A rear 3/4 view of the Ridox JZA80 Supra MKIV at Daikoku PA…

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If you want to beat the terrible AF system on shallow DOF lenses, you can use any available light to focus on the subject like this R34 Sedan lowered on TE37’s…

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Walking around you would see all types of stuff out of the norm… I honestly have no idea what this is but it looked like a sedan for important people… 

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GTR R32 on BBS LM’s… 

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R34 with Ted on top… 

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Ted hanging on…

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More R34’s rolling in… 

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Just like car clubs or groups in the states, they have them in Japan too.  I found the 86/FRS/BRZ group… 

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Another R34 GTR…

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Of course I had to show even Itasha cars showed up at Daikoku PA… 

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If there’s one place you have to go, I’d really recommend going to Daikoku PA in the evening… I mean check out all those subs.  They were playing some rad music at one point…

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Then I found these guys with the LED strips…

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Even though it was 30F or -1C ,  the atmosphere was really energetic thanks to the dancers, music, and lights…

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Light show at Daikoku PA…

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No words can describe…

I have no words to describe the set up of this car… 

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Cars like this R34 GTR still rolling in… 

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Definitely needs a few more screens…

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Joseph got thirsty while taking in the Daikoku PA experience…

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Imagine all these vans and kei cars in a row blasting with 10+ subs each… my ears were done…

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I mean Daikoku PA can be a romantic place to go to, right? 

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Eventually, the patrol came by and asked for people to leave.  This was around 11PM and it seemed any and all car related meet spots were shut down as well… 

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Evan dropped us off for the night in Odaiba where we barely made the last few trains back to our Airbnb…  Thanks for the ride bro!

Summary for car meets in Tokyo, I’d recommend for you to go to:

1.  RWB Meeting in Roppongi (Usually night before Tokyo Auto Salon)
2.  Super Street x Hardcore Japan Fresh Tokyo Meet (Usually announced when staff is in Japan)
3.  Joey Lee / Stickydiljoe’s The Chronicles meet (Randomly announced when he’s in Japan)
4.  Akihabara UDX parking garage (Itasha and other nice random cars)
5.  Daikoku PA / Umihotaru PA / Tatsumi PA (you will need rides to get here and there isn’t always a big turnout, but something interesting is always there)

Of course, there could be other meeting spots, but these are the biggest meet spots I’ve attended.  As always thanks for reading or skimming through.  If you have any questions, just hit me up.

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Made a cameo on @stickydiljoe’s POV cam… no money shot though.

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