Impromptu Visit: TYPE ONE
Impromptu Visit: TYPE ONE
I was reluctant to visit TYPE ONE on day three of my short visit to Japan. Not because I didn’t want to, but because my ankles were swollen from all the walking in the last 48 hours. Every step was a ripple of excruciating pain. To the point that at certain moments I became slightly teary eyed throughout the rest of my Japan journey. I know what you’re thinking, but trust me it was a pain that I wouldn’t wish upon my greatest adversary (which there is none). Likewise, i had been told that normally there isn’t much to see at the shop unless someone there is anticipating your visit. But of course, I was in Japan for one sole purpose – to photograph the legendary tuning culture and the community behind it. Regardless of what or wasn’t present at TYPE ONE, it was a venture i was willing to take. Even while being temporarily handicap. Therefore, I applied an ungodly number of hot/cold patches that I had randomly acquired in Yokohama, and with my Suica card in-hand, headed west of central Tokyo.
Type One, Suginami
After a ‘short’ 20-minute walk from Ogikubo Station I was in the front of the famed TYPE ONE building. At this point I was excited at the mere thought of all the legends I would witness in the upstairs showroom. Unfortunately for all of us, on this particular day there really wasn’t much to see. Understandable as this is a full-service shop in a country where real estate space is at an all time premium, so vehicles are rotated between customer cars all the time. In hindsight though, I still got to visit a place that many throughout the world can only dream of. Therefore, my time was not wasted. However, I do have one regret, forgetting to leave my mark on their wall that is dedicated to visitors. Damn! So, on my top list of priorities for the next time I visit Japan is to sign the wall, and hopefully there will be more to see on my second visit.
That was my short and still enjoyable visit to Spoon Sport’s TYPE ONE in Suginami City. Though not as extensive as i wanted it to be, I’ll be back for another visit eventually. Hopefully next time there will be a little bit more to see. A little advice to those visiting or planning on visiting TYPE ONE, call first. Everyone is very nice and it may save you a trip if you wanted to see something in particular. That goes for most shops around Tokyo and most likely all over Japan. There was a few i stopped by that were completely closed and locked up, so it doesn’t hurt to call ahead of time. If you’re basic Japanese is lacking or you’re a bit shy, then just do what i would of done… call and if someone picks up then immediately hang-up and dash to the locale. LOL. Thanks for visiting the site. As always, until next time.. Peace!