Autocom Japan’s City “YOKOHAMA”

Hi, this is Jamie. How are you guys doing?
As many of you know, Japan had fall version of “Golden Week” this year called “Silver Week” last week.
It was a 5-day-weekend, I’m sure everybody enjoyed the long weekend.

What did I do? I had a little family reunion.

My parents came over to Yokohama using $10 freeway plan from Nagoya.
It seems to be about less than 4 hour driving without any traffic from Nagoya to my place, so it’s not so bad, right?

We visited some Harbor area in Yokohama, where our beautiful office is located at.
This is one of the signature places in Yokohama and there were many people walking around indeed that time.

Yokohama, home to Autocom Japan

Do you see the Ferris Wheel in the picture?
That Ferris Wheel is lighten up at night and it’s pretty romantic when you see it from the bridge like this one below.

Yokohama Port

There is a big ship in this harbor.
I don’t remember the name of the ship, but it’s a real historical ship.

Yokohama, home to Autocom Japan

That’s our city, Yokohama.
I’m not a local here, but I’m glad I moved to this area.

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Am I a number-plate freak?

Hello, this is Jamie. I’m sorry I could not upload any of my blogs lately….. I was just….lazy.
What have you been up to?

Today, I would like to share with you one of my favorite stuff.
I got pretty good reaction on my “Spiderman idog” last time, so here you go again.

My favorite stuff I would like to share today is something related to vehicle number plate.
I don’t know what exactly I like about it…. somebody tell me.

Since I was living in California, I had access to get some California number plates for free.
I kept 3 plates for myself and these are displayed in my apartment right now. Don’t they look cute?
California license plates

If you don’t think so, then how about Nevada State plate “WINNER”??
Nevada state WINNER plate

I got it in Las Vegas !

I didn’t see any “LOSER” plate there, but I’m always a loser in Vegas. A big “L” on my forehead.

OK, how about this? Elvis Presley Blvd plate??
Don’t you love it?
Elvis Presley Blvd plate
My friends gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago and since then, it’s been on my wall all the time.

So, when you get a chance to visit my apartment, please take “Elvis Presley Blvd.” after you get into my room 🙂

I used to have a CD case which is made by a number plate.
Used to?? Why not anymore?
That was because it wasn’t so useful and couldn’t handle many CDs….CD case is supposed to be functional, right?

With all due respect, I like Hawaiian plate, Maki! It’s cute, too.

Tokyo Motor Show 2009… how will it turn out?

So, summer has ended and a new season has begun.. hope everyone’s doing well! Here in Yokohama, weather has suddenly turned chilly and rainy (we’ve even had a typhoon earlier this week). Like so many others, I find myself wishing that this summer had lasted a wee bit longer (actually, more like a LOT longer!).

Now on to topic… as car enthusiasts all over the world know, this is the year of the 41st Tokyo Motor Show. Set to take place from near the end of October to early in November, this biennial event always attracts millions of car lovers from worldwide wanting to see the many innovative concepts and exotic supercars. Only this year, it appears that things are looking rather bleak for this international event. Take a look at the current list of exhibitors at the official site:

http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/booth/index.html

As you can see on that page, most non-Japanese car manufacturers have pulled out of the show, leaving mostly Japanese car makers such as Toyota and Honda. That means no Ferrari, Chrysler, Maserati, Lamborghini, Audi, or Volvo? not even Volks Wagen?? Ok, so of course their quality cannot be compared to Japanese cars, but it’s really sad because in the 3 previous motor shows I have been to, those European and American cars always added a flavor to the show.

The last Tokyo Motor Show we had (TMS2007) was not as great as the previous ones, but still much bigger than this year’s is set to be. I’d like to share with you today some photos of that 2007 show. I know they’re 2 years old now, but we will not be seeing the likes of most of these in this year’s event (And everyone likes to see pics of exotic cars, right?). They are all fascinating cars to look at, and their brands will be sorely missed this year.

Maserati Gran Turismo
Maserati Gran Turismo

Honda CR-Z
Honda CR-Z concept (hybrid)

Mazda Taiki
Mazda Taiki

Mitsuoka Orochi
Mitsuoka Orochi, design inspired by a serpent

Alpha Romeo 8C Competizione
Alpha Romeo 8C Competizione

Audi R8
Audi R8, one of my all-time favorites

Ferrari 599 GTB
Ferrari 599 GTB


Subaru Imprexa WRX. Too bad Subaru pulled out of WRC soon after this was released.

I don’t know if I’ll go to this year’s motor show after seeing this exhibitor list, but if I do I will be sure to post pictures.