The Not-So-Secret, Secret Tokyo Underground Meet


Meals For Thought…

As I descended to basement degree, the scent of stagnant, humid air combined with exhaust fumes started to fill the elevator.

For a cut up second, I assumed the elevator had gone by means of a portal straight to Malaysia, however the lack of two-stepping and rev battles instructed me that I used to be certainly nonetheless in Japan


The doorways open to Takashi-san’s secret Tokyo underground meet – timed to coincide with the Tokyo Auto Salon – and a parking storage full of folks and automobiles.


The location was solely made identified the morning of the meet, and even then the small print had been despatched privately with express directions on what to do, the place to park, and the way not to get the eye of the police stationed proper subsequent door to the venue.


Sharing or discussing the meet on SNS was additionally strictly forbidden.


Watching Takashi-san working backwards and forwards nervously led me to suppose issues may need gotten somewhat out of hand.


“The parking workers are complaining that there are too many individuals, and are asking us to go away now,” he mentioned, confirming my suspicions.


I instantly felt sorry for Takashi-san, and was barely irritated, as clearly phrase had unfold far past the invited.

Why do folks should break a very good factor? Can’t folks observe easy directions?


The vibe of the venue is ideal for underground meets and I’m certain a number of effort and time went into securing the spot, so hopefully it hasn’t been ruined for future utilization.

On The Different Hand…


Maybe I’m taking a look at the whole lot the fallacious means, although? It’s attainable that I’m being overly vital concerning the state of affairs and want to take a look at issues from a special perspective.


As a result of, regardless of there being much more folks than Takashi-san had anticipated to show up, everybody who was there was extremely well mannered, pleasant, and most significantly, respectful.

And you may’t blame anybody for desirous to attend.


Everybody had an unbelievable time, together with Takashi-san, who was so pleased that folks may get pleasure from themselves at his secret/not-so-secret occasion.


The extra I give it some thought, maybe placing that stability between having enjoyable and never crossing that line of being disrespectful is vital.


If we will hold this stability alive and properly into the longer term, automobile tradition can proceed to be an incredible expertise to be personally concerned in and better of all – share with others.

I wasn’t the one Speedhunter at this meet; Toby was additionally current and has lined up a extra detailed have a look at a couple of automobiles that caught his eye, so hold a glance out for that story.

Mina otsukaresama desu!

Ron Celestine
Instagram: celestinephotography


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