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TOKYO SNOW: “Stay at home” they said

By in 09-02-2014 12:50 pm

You may have seen on the news that Tokyo experienced the heaviest snowfall in over a decade this weekend.

Since I had studless snow tyres on my van, as well as chains, a shovel and tow-rope in the back, I thought I’d go out for a little night drive and see how everything looked.




PHOTOS OF THE YEAR 2012: The good, the strange and the weird

By in 04-02-2013 1:02 am

It’s time again to have a look at the server statistics and see which photos were the most popular last year.

So, here are the top twenty-five photos from Noriyaro in 2012!




CRASH BOOM BANG: Gas explosions and Corolla rollovers

By in 06-10-2012 11:14 am

On a usual day, driving from my house to Fuji Speedway takes about an hour and a half. Today it took over five hours. The driver of a truck loaded with 35 big LP gas tanks that weigh over 50kg each somehow flipped his truck over and spilled them all over the road.

Through a bit of coincidence, Mr Lavender from last month’s posts was on his way to Fuji Speedway as well, managed to get some of it on tape! Check out the explosion just after two minutes in! One of the tanks actually flew over 100m over the wall, bounced off the roof of an elementary school and landed on the athletics field. Considering this is the weekend when many schools around Japan hold their annual athletics competition, it was lucky that this school wasn’t one of them!

Here’s a link to a Japanese video news report. Just click the little orange button on the video.

To add to the theme of destruction, here’s what happened to Mr Lavender’s track-version KE70 a little while ago at Ebisu.