Sanctuary: the Initial D Fujiwara Tofu shop (part two)

January 15, 2014 in sanctuary

Yesterday I already posted about the demolishing of the Initial D Fujiwara Tofu Shop and that it used to be a shrine for Initial D fans throughout the world. For those who felt really sad about the demolishing: the store front actually has been saved and moved in 2012 to the nearby Yokota Museum.
Sanctuary Fujiwara Tofu Shop in Yakota Museum
What happened was that there was no original store. Shuichi Shigeno just drew up a tofu store that resembled the average tofu store in small Japanese towns. When Andrew Lau and his crew were scouting locations in Shibukawan for the Initial D movie they found the Fujino tofu store and it resembled the store in the manga quite well and they altered the sign to Fujiwara Tofu Shop. After the movie Mr. Fujino never changed his sign back to Fujino Tofu Shop.

I made a couple of manga cut outs to show the difference between the manga and the Fujino Tofu Store: Read the rest of this entry →

Sanctuary: the Initial D Fujiwara Tofu shop (Haruna)

January 14, 2014 in sanctuary

Yes, a new idea/section/regular just emerged: sanctuaries!
Why? Well basically last night I suffered from insomnia and for whatever reason my mind wandered to the original Initial D Tofu shop which is located in Shibukawan next to Mount Haruna (the town called Akina in Initial D) and that the original tofu shop has been demolished about three years ago. This is the photo Alexi took to prove it has been demolished:
Sanctuary: Intitial D Fujiwara Tofu Shop in Haruna
So I was wondering how many fanboys actually posed (or their cars) in front of the tofu shop when visiting Shibukawan or Mount Haruna, so here is a whole gallery of cars, tofu shops and people posing in front of it!

Also in case you are wondering where to find the place, this is the location on Google Streetview: Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Initial D Fifth Stage episode 2

November 22, 2012 in video

Last weekend Episode 2 of Initial D Fifth Stage has been broadcasted in Japan. Obviously it was fansubbed just within a couple of days!
Initial D Fifth Stage Episode 2
This episode focusses on the battle between Keisuke in his RX7 and Kobayakawa in his LanEvo VII.

A bit different this time is that I actually managed to embed the video: Read the rest of this entry →

Wrecked: watch out for wannabe Takumis!

November 9, 2012 in wrecked

With the fresh new start of Stage 5┬áit kicks off with a fake Takumi and Keisuke (still have to watch the first episode fully…) it might be good to warn for all the real wannabe Takumis in the world that will start getting inspired again and try to do what you should not do at home kids:
Wrecked Initial D Tofu Special AE86 replica
Just like this Itsuki did half a year ago in the Utsunomiya prefecture…

Guess what they found inside this Tofu Special: Read the rest of this entry →

Brilliant: Maeda Tomato Shop panda red Levin AE86

September 7, 2012 in brilliant

About ten years ago it was very hard to find a panda white Sprinter Trueno AE86 at all and nowadays it is more or less a challenge to find one that was originally delivered in panda white!

The owner of this panda red Levin AE86 must have thought his car was just the opposite of the panda white Trueno:
Panda red AE86 Maeda Tomato Shop
The writing says Maeda Tomato Shop (private) and what is the opposite of tofu-white panda? Right: tomato red panda!

Found at Morningcoffee