Sep 27, 2013

UpGarage Saga Visit VIDEO

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I know I promised something on the blog, so I dropped off a Quick Snap article on a Nissan Z11 cube here.

Then I got to thinking about the fact that I'm going to be gone for a long weekend to go to my girlfriend's nephew's Undokai (Sports Festival) in Fukuoka this weekend. Since I will be away from the internet and the blog again, I wanted to give you a little bit more. So here it is:

 On the way back from Nagasaki's D1 event, I stopped into UpGarage in Saga. This is my second attempt, and guys, let me tell you... If you are ever in Japan, and want to visit this UpGarage... GO EARLY. The first time I arrived at 7:40p. They close at 8p, and to be honest, if you are just doing a quick browse twenty minutes is just fine.

Except there was no twenty minute browse session. There wasn't even a one minute browsing session. They closed early. I had my girlfriend call the next day to see what was happening. He said they were having a meeting. It was a Sunday, so I assumed either it was a beginning-of-the-week meeting or an end-of-the-week meeting, depending on how you view Sunday.

This time I went on a Monday, but this time we left her hometown a little earlier. I thought it was a little paranoia on my part, but we both agreed, that it was better safe than sorry. Thank God. I got there at around 7:10p this time and was in there roughly ten minutes when they started playing "Auld Lang Syne." Anyone that's ever been in Japan knows that when a store starts playing "Auld Lang Syne," what they are politely saying is: "We're closing, GTFO."

So I've come to the conclusion, that either this store has the most well trained second-hand-automotive-parts staff ever, due to all their "meetings," OR they just like to close early, and they know most people would buy the excuse no questions asked. Personally, I call BS.

They didn't have too much. But I did find a good pair of ITR Taillights for a DC5 Integra. Some good prices on some wheels in sizes that look like they were mainly for AE86's could be found, too. They just needed a little TLC. If I had a Hachi, I would have bought both sets as-is for drift tires. A person that is good with fiberglass mat and fiberglass repair could really clean up here. You can find legit, brand name body panels with some damage for cheap. Bomex isn't my favorite brand, but for $60, I would definitely take that S13 Silvia bumper off of their hands...just need a place to work in.....

Anyway, enjoy the short video. As usual, the YouTube version is at the top and the Vimeo version is at the bottom. I picked some chiptunes since it is a short video. I always loved Gameboy music, and the soundtrack definitely sounds like it comes from a Gameboy sound board. So I couldn't resist making the title screen a little Gameboyish. The OGs in the car game will understand.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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