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TOJ - updates on the debacle, complaints, news about other ventures, whatever.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by impolyt_one, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. MarkI

    MarkI Well-Known Member

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    What goes on between you and your fiancé...? With the loss of hearing.
     
  2. Find Finn

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    Going to rob a bank, will be right back with money for the blue C10 Rockyauto has and a trunk full of knifes.
     
  3. A Fellow Linguist

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    As an ordained minister I am exempt from the draft. (0)

    Also I left it as a rep comment but can you guys seriously proxy me weird Ramune flavors?
     
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    impolyt_one Well-Known Member

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    We can, but seeing as Ramune is in glass bottles it's not the wisest thing to proxy..... since we'll have a minimum order of 10,000Y to make it worth anybody's time, and then shipping for 10,000Y worth of glass bottles might be $500 :eek:
     
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    are you completely deaf at this point? i remember reading some mention of this -- was it a genetic condition?
     
  7. Islander

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    Someone quote this man.



    A couple years ago I bought a bunch of Misono through a Japanese Canadian proxy. Stock models, more than $500 :embar:

    Their UX10 was stupidly expensive at the time but I would probably get more if I coud find it at a reasonable price. I would be curious to hear how they are regarded in Japan, like mid-range, or slightly better? You're probably more interested in custom steel that would blow that stuff away... let me know what you come up with.
     
  8. ALEN003

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    You shipping out jackets black friday!
     
  9. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Well-Known Member

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    We are, a good amount of things I believe. Catching up on some orders that were dragging...


    I think between the Misono and the Nenohi Nenox that are also popular and come up in conversations, either would be considered 'good' in the realm of Japanese knives. I see them everywhere though, so they are relatively mainstream and not a specialist or tailor-made piece... though most won't need that level anyway. I am gonna go up to some knife shops and see what is good amongst small brands. As with a lot of things here, I've picked up that the ones sold most often to the west are really stylish and impressive looking, but the actual markers of quality actually make for a slightly boring looking knife sometimes - blacked blade, bone handle, blacked collar.
     
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    Sounds good, hopefully my toj1 is in there. 4 weeks in and can't wait another.
     
  11. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Well-Known Member

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    Do you guys get ads for Jack Road on your styleforum? I'm guessing not, as it's probably just my local ad bundle, but I like it, it's a good used watch store here that has some occasional deals, even despite the yen being crazy. I got my Sinn from Jack Road for a decent price, and while they listed it as used, when I got it I could not tell it apart from new, it even had a sticker on the crystal as if it were a new watch.

    http://www.jackroad.co.jp/
     
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    I would definitely be interested in a knife proxy as well, been on the lookout for a new blade
     
  13. imhotep

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    Are the collared moto's still being sold?
     
  14. wj4

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    As a former die hard car hobbyist, well I still am, but not to that extend...what kind of car parts are you thinking of importing, Drew?

    Keep in mind if you're going to attract the typical JDM crowd, ie Honda, Nissan, etc. the majority will be kids...who will be cheap and a headache to deal with.

    The Euro crowd usually has more money to spend. :embar:


    My mom's friend's in the homeland is into classic American cars and I'm helping him find some parts to assemble Mustangs from the '60s. I'm more or less the middle man because I know absolutely nothing about American Muscle. :foo:

    PS how's the second hand market on parts over there?

    A friend of mine owns a motorsport shop, basically does everything from a super car to a bucket Civic, and a container is sent back home every now and then. Reconditioned wheels from respectable brands such as Volk, Neez, Work, etc. are sold for nearly the U.S.'s retail price.


    How's the roads in Japan BTW? I hear it's super smooth...that's how dudes are able to drive on super stiff JDM suspension. But when they come to the states with crappy roads, they swap them out for more forgiving German brands. :happy:
     
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  15. impolyt_one

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    I'll proxy anything I can ship, pretty much, but personally I am excited by the idea of getting people the old rare parts that are the kind of things that 'complete' a build or something. To the Japanese, a lot of it is junk and they don't even have the cars on the roads here that the parts match to anymore, whereas to an enthusiast overseas, a lot of it is rare gold.
    No matter the marque or whatever, I am really into period-correct cars and works parts, all that foreign-market OEM optional detritus that makes your car subtly unique but sensibly correct.

    If I was ballin, I would have a place here with like 10 parking spaces, haha. I'd even build a Honda EG6 again and just tool around town in it, for some reason that seems really fun to me. Can't even find used Hondas that old anymore over here. I've seen some EK9 Civic R's lately and they just seem so old now, since domestic cars are all so avant garde here and people always get new cars.

    The roads here are amazing, the sidewalks are good, having a low car here is no problem really. I believe the Japanese highways are probably like the autobahn or something, glass-like smoothness. You can legally have a car as low as 8 or 9cm or something, and that is... pretty low. haha. The only problem is that depending on your house, you may have to drive up on a short curb or something to park. Parking here is next level, everywhere you go all the cars are parked like 1.5" from a wall on 3 sides, it's nothing short of amazing. Gives me the chills to see a Porsche that looks like it's fenders are rubbing a brick wall. :eek:
     
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    Are you gonna be doing yahoo auctions for the proxy service? I have a few camera gear that I've been eyeing....

    Just curious, which area of Tokyo are you living in?
     
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    I had a super rich Korean friend in HS. Dude had a super fixed up RX7 in the 11th grade. He upgraded to an R32 Skyline and an E55 by the time he started college. I was like "What's JDM? Is that a new video game?"

    When I had my Evo and 335i, I couldn't have anyone in the rear seats that were oversized or else my tires would rub the fenders. They looked sick when I was driving with 1 passenger though, haha.

    I stopped going to some places because clearance was an issue. People used to honk at me when I had to take up the whole entry way to angle my way out so I wouldn't scrape, haha. When I put a lip on the Evo, my clearance was half of a soda can.

    At the age of 26, I'm not into the modding scene anymore. I'd just roll around in a very nice car. The only car I'd mod is a 997, put that thing on some super aggressive wheels, and delete the cats. Driving a modified car is too much of a hassle on a daily basis..ranging from ducking from mobile smog stations to avoiding pot holes that can bend your wheels.

    The only old school Honda I'd fix up is my first car..a 1993 Accord LX. I'd just put an H22 in it for the heck of it. It would probably get jacked in L.A. within a month though.

    In the hot summer nights, I still fiend for a white S2000 with red interior. That thing looks amazing with gold wheels.

    I don't even know how much money I need to make to enjoy all of these hobbies at once...spending $6,000 for a set of wheels for the car, and about $2,000 for a set of shoes for yourself, haha.
     
  18. impolyt_one

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    yeah, definitely yahoo JP, mbok auctions, rakuten, (those are good since they deliver the stuff straight to my house) and we'll assist in searches and translating pertinent info as needed. She'll tell me what the deal is with the hard to understand snippets, and I'll put it into proper English for people. I live in Azabu, so I am right in the middle of Tokyo and just a stone's throw away from everything, I don't even ride the train to go places. I go to Shibuya and Harajuku about twice a week, Ebisu/Daikanyama once a week, etc.
     
  19. krayzeez

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    so what about proxying rare japanese candy like melon kit kat :embar:
     
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  20. impolyt_one

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    I'm not really into heavily modified cars anymore either, but I'm still the sort of person to have to do something to my car, at least so I can find it in the parking lot. :eek: I dunno, that may never change. I've definitely cooled off about cars in recent years though, just not needed to have a car and I got into other stuff.

    Cars here are pretty cheap to buy, gas is not bad at about $4.05/gal for 96 octane. It's just parking and the frequent registrations that are expensive, so people have exaggerated that and made it seem like having a car in Japan is ungodly expensive - it's not, really. It's not like having a car in middle of nowhere in America where all you need is gas and a driveway, but people can have cars here if they want, and they do.
    I have my dog, so I am thinking about buying a used G500 here. They're immensely popular in Tokyo, Japanese people like box cars. haha. They actually make sense to own, since they're flat on all sides and it helps with parking, I'm sure - and the boxy aesthetic just kinda matches the environment here. I'd like to get a vintage car after that but i need a utility car to carry stuff, will probably use it for some of her and my work, and taking the dog places.
     

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