I received a last-minute message from Sean (Narita Dogfight) early Thursday morning while I was browsing through what was left of the famed Tsukiji fish market located within central Tokyo (now mostly relocated to Toyosu Market). He asked me if I wanted to check out Chiba Prefecture and generally just hangout, and obviously I said yes. Plus, my ankles had been killing me from exploring all of Tokyo the days prior, so the idea of riding around in a car for a day was a pleasant thought. Therefore, I began shoveling down the sushi I had obtained for an early lunch, bought the most expensive strawberries I’ve ever bought at around 4,000 JPY, power walked to the nearest train station, and was picked up in the coolest soccer mom van by ‘Sean-san’ at another train station outside of busy Tokyo. From here I assumed we were going to check on the JDMyard team that was being housed and prepped over at Xpoint Import Japan, but to my surprise we made an unplanned visit to one of the most unique garages in Chiba - Garage Work. At this point I was completely unprepared and hit with disbelief. I had told Sean earlier that it would be cool to visit Garage Work, but figured we wouldn’t have time. Next thing I knew Kubo-sama walks out to the front of the shop and I grab the strawberries that was originally for Sean, and hand them over to Kubo as a gift, haha. During this awkward transaction, I introduced myself in Japanese while completely pronouncing everything incorrectly. Thankfully Kubo understood and Sean corrected my mistakes, so everything kind of worked out. A few moments later, I was given permission to roam around the shop and pretty much photograph everything except one secret project, so I did just that.
Unfortunately this was a quick visit as we had to be elsewhere and because of my amateur mistakes, i completely forgot to take detailed photos of every thing i saw. I suppose i was too busy trying to take in the experience in a short amount of time that i just neglected the basics of photography. Something i did pretty much throughout my trip, haha. I guess that’s what happens when you dive into something this beautifully insane without being prepared. Anyway, thank you Kubo for your generosity as well as Iwata-sama for being so cool with me running around everywhere.