I’ve now spent my first “night” (jet-lag, woke up 3 am local time) in the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan.

Arrived here yesterday a couple of hours late due to the illegal walk out by ground personal from Finair that pretty much shut down the luggage handling at Helsinki Airport (and caused delays and canceled flights). To avoid loosing my baggage I decided to only bring the absolutely necessary and not check in any baggage at all. It took a lot of detailed packing to be able to fit all cameras, PC, and the necessary clothes in a very small suitcase.

With no sleep for at least 20+ hours it was both fun and a bit scary to get in the rental car and drive for 3+ hours on the “wrong” side of the road from Tokyo Narita Airport to Gotenba. It surprised me how fast you could adapt to driving a car with the steering wheel on the “wrong” side and driving on the “wrong” side of the road, even though I was very tired. Had some fun moments with the GPS that only presented information in Japanesee, driving trough Tokyo in the middle of rush hour, but eventually made it to Gotenba.

Gotenba lies pretty close to Mt. Fuji which made for a beautiful scenery driving in yesterday.

Tomorrow is the big day; NISMO Festival 2009 @ Fuji Speedway. Where I’ll be trying to get my hands on some genuine NISMO race wheels for this build! I’ll post an update tomorrow to inform you all on the progress with the wheels and some more info on the NISMO Festival, stay tuned! :)

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