2011/06/18

YouTubeのビデオ/スライドショー

Part one of the video Subaru 360 Tokyo Budapest trip
スバル360で東京からブダペストへのビデオ1

2010/08/07

10,000km done! Wait Moscow here we come

8月7日2010
東京ーブダペスト旅中10,000km走りました。
August 7, 2010
On our trip from Tokyo to Budapest we traveled 10,000km!







2010/07/27

車も私も元気にがんばってます。We are doing well.


5,600km以上走って、車もドライバーも元気です。
インターネットを見つけるは、はなかなか出来ないですが出来るだけ下記のブログ(MovingJapan)で日々をアップします。
皆さんは、何日間アクセス出来なくって申し訳ございません。

After 5,600km, both car and driver are doing well.
It is kind of hard to find internet in Siberia, but as much as possible I will try to update the blog below (MovingJapan).
The blog was not working for a few days, but we have fixed the bug now.
Sorry ...

On some good road,     良い通りもあり

And some not so good   と普通の通りもあり


This car seems to be better equipped for these roads
この通りに、こちらの車の方が良いかも


2010/07/06

Daily updates 旅中,日日のアップデート

During the trip, daily updates will be posted here:
http://www.movingjapan.com/ ←click
Please visit to see the progress (or the lack of it:))

出来るかぎる毎日、旅の経過、ハプニングなどをこちらにアップします:
http://www.movingjapan.com/←click

2010/06/18

I got my visa to Russia! ロシアのビザを手に入れた!

Tuesday, I got my Russian visa! 火曜日にロシアのビザを手に入れた!
The challenges are already started, trying to get all the paperwork done. Talked to the Customs, reserved the ferries, started to collect the spare parts.
問題 点を一つずつ解決し、出発日少しずつ近くなります。税関と連絡、フェリーの予約スペアー部品の集まり


2010/06/13

Departure in a month!!! 出発まであと一ヶ月!!

One month left 'till the start of the run.
There is still a lot to do, but the preparation is going well.
Stay tuned for updates.

出発まであと一ヶ月です。
まだやる事沢山ですが、じゅんびは順調です。
アップデートお待ち下さい。

Between two spare tires (+one under the hood) is all my stuff, in one bag
2個スペアタイヤの間に旅の荷物(も一つタイヤはボンネットの下。)
(not) hiding under the rear seat is nothing illegal, just my trusted two-stroke oil 😀
後部座席の下に隠れてる (ではない)は悪いものではなく、いつも使ってる2ストーオイルですよ😁


2010/05/09

Get set, ready, and in July, GO 1について、(7月に)ゴー

This is the itinerary for the great trip with my 42 years old, 0.356liter two stroke engine car from Tokyo to Budapest. The planned start of the trip is mid-July.

やっと、今年の7月に旅に出る事が出来ます。下記のルートを予定しております。
旅の途中に毎日、アップデートしますが、また、こちらにいらっしゃい。


Tokyo, Oarai (ferry to) Tomakomai, Vakkanai, (ferry to)

RUSSIA
 Sakhalin, Kholmsk (ferry to) Vanino, Khabarovsk, Chita, Irkutsk, Krasnojarsk, Novosibirsk, Ufa, Moskva (?), Kursk, to

UKRAINE,
 Kijev, Ternopol, Uzgorod,

HUNGARY
Hajdunanas, Budapest.

Stay with me, I will update this blog daily during the trip.

2010/04/13

Test drive to Toyama Fushiki ferry 富山伏木フェリーまでのテストドライブ

On the second weekend of April, I decided to drive to Toyama Fushiki ferry.
This ferry was/is my first choice to get over from Japan to Russia, and I wanted to see how hard is for the car and for me to take this trip. It was raining again, raining for the whole trip except a few hours. The roads were empty, no wind, I was able to make good time.

It was a lot of climbing, there was still snow on the side of the highway.



From home to the port of Fushiki took 7hours and 40 minutes.

If I came this far, I decided to drive around the Noto peninsula as well.
Beautiful drive would be without the rain...



Leaving for home.
On the way home, I even get a few hours without rain! Great road, very little traffic... Many many long tunnels, some over 4km.
After 12 hours, and 580km, I have arrived home.
On the two weekends I drove over 2,000km without any problem with the car (other than the rain leaking in on the way to Ise).
I was able to drive long hours, and gained trust in my little yellow baby.
Since January, I drove over 4,000km. It is time to see the damage...
The car deserves one complete checkup now, and one before the "big trip".

2010/04/02

Family trip to Ise and Matsuzaka 伊勢、松坂の家族旅

It's early April, the Sakura is blooming everywhere. We decided to visit Ise Shrine and Matsuzaka.
We have left early for the Irago-Toba ferry. The weather couldn't be worst, half way we got typhoon like wind and rain. This was the first time since I drive my Subaru that I was worried that the wind might blow the roof away from the car... Half of the route, we couldn't drive more thank 50km/h on the highway. Poor Subaru was leaking everywhere.
This was our driving record until the ferry port.
video

The ferry was only 55 minutes, but it wasn't an easy ride. High waves and rain during the whole trip.
video




Next morning, we have visited the famous Ise Jingu. I wish that we would have more time, the 125 shrine deserve more time...


After Ise Jingu we drove to Matsuzaka.

The Sakura is incredible everywhere.



We have spent the second night at the Taiya Ryokan. Great food and very friendly staff was making our stay unforgettable. I am not keen having Japanese breakfast (just can't have fish, not to mention natto) They have prepared continental breakfast for me! Something that is hard to get at Japanese ryokans...

On our third day we were heading home. Nice drive until we hit the usual 30km traffic jam on the highway from Oi-Matsuda, 70km from home. We made a pretty good average until that.
The last 70km took us 2 hours and 20 minutes...

2010/03/31

GPS test ナビテスト Garmin 205W, Sony NV-U 35, Panasonic CN-MP50D

Today we have tested three GPS on accuracy, and response.
Garmin 205W,
Sony NV-U 35,
Panasonic CN-MP50D
It was interesting to see that the three GPS were choosing different routes although we put the same goal at the same time for all three.
All three were following the car movement correctly, only that the Panasonic was a little slower re-routing after we diverted from the suggested route.

My favorite is the Garmin, except for one thing that I missed in.
The three choices for road types are not enough. Toll road; Local road or the shortest distance are the options one has to choose from.
I wish it would have another option where local and toll roads are mixed.
It records distance, maximum, average speed that is great help with an old car like my Subaru.

The Sony NV-U 35 has many good options but the screen is the smallest (4,3") and it was the least reliable at choosing the best route. ( We have tested them on a route we know well)

The Panasonic futures digital TV tuner and has the largest screen among the three.
It has the slowest response, and it can not record distance, speed etc...

今日3台のナビをテストしました。
ガーミン nuvi 205W;
ソニナブ・ユー NV-U 35;
パナソニック ストラーダ CN-MP50D

三台のナビを同じにセットして、レスポンスや正確さなど見ながらスバルを走らせた。
車の動きを3台とも確実にフォローしてが、パナソニクのリルートのレスポンスは少し遅かった。
私の気に入りはガーミンです。たりない所一つだけ と思いましたら、今取り説見たら日本語版と英語版は異なるみたいです。日本語では時間優先、距離優先、と直行になってます。
ガーミンは日本語と英語切り替え出来ますので、今まで英語で使いましたが、今度日本語でも使ってみます。

ソニーで色んな設定は可能ですが、画面は小さくて見にくいと思ってます。

パナソニック、ストラーダの画面は5V型ワイドモニターで、ー番大きくて、ワンセグも楽しめますが、距離、スピードなどの記録見れません。3台の内レスポンスは一番遅かったです。


2010/03/03

50 years has passed by... 50年間経った...

KYODO NEWS
A family washes their Subaru 360 in April 1960. On March 3, 1958, Fuji Heavy Industries Co. ushered in an era of affordable family cars with the announcement that a remake of the minicar will hit the market in May with a sticker price of 425,000 yen. The popular 360 had a top speed of 83 kph.

2010/01/22

Incredible India! すばらしいインド



We are back from our family trip to India. Please visit our blog about it.
click> India with kids
今年の冬休みに家族とインドへ行きました。上のリンクでブロゴご覧下さい。

2009/12/21

Travel in style! アッパークラスの旅

There is nothing better then arriving home and finding a pretty yellow limousine waiting.

帰る時やはりこの黄色リムジンの出迎えは一番!

Which one should I ride?

どっちに乗りましょうか?


Brake work  ブレーキ

最近、仕事忙しくて、ブログにアップデートしませんでしたが、 少しずつ車に愛を込ていました。Nさんのガレージで、ブレーキのオーバーホールをしました。
I was pretty busy recently at work, so hasn’t been updating this blog for some time.



I was giving some tender love for the car, a complete brake overhaul in a friend’s garage.


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2009/11/02

富士サンロクミーティング Mt. Fuji 360cc car meeting

10月31日と11月1日にTEAM.356のツーリングに参加し、富士サンロクミーティング に行ってまいりました。富士山の周りに紅葉を楽しみながら走ってすばらしでした。ミーティングに200台を超える360ccの色々旧車を一緒に見られても楽しかったです。

Our club, Team.356 had a touring on October 31 and November 1. Driving around Mt. Fuji was incredible. Part of our drive we have participated at the 360cc car meeting by the Mochiya drive-in by Month Fuji. There were over 200 of 360cc cars from all manufacturers.






夜になっても富士山奇麗ですねー。Mt. Fuji at dawn. Just beautiful...



帰り道は”少し”込んでた:(
The way back was a 'bit crowded :(





兄弟みたいかなー
Like brothers...




2009/10/10

New Challenge 新しいチェレンジ

Ready for a new challenge!
This winter my family will travel to India. After a week of sightseeing in Delhi, Agra ( Taj Mahal), Varanasi (Ganges) we will participate the race for the clinically insane, The Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run.
I will not driving a Subaru, but a Bajaj Auto-rickshaw instead. It is like a half Subaru :))
Please have a look of my blog about our challenge below.
Our Rickshaw challenge 2010
新しい剖検に参加する事を決めました!
今年の冬に家族とインドに行きます。デリー、アグラ(タージマハル)、バラナシ(ガンガ河)を始め、旅の後半で家族とオートリクシャのレースに参加します。今年のクラッシクレースはスバルのレースではありませんが、オートリクシャは小さなスバルの半分ぐらいのサイズです:))
上のリンクはこの家族チェレンジのブログです。良かったらご覧下さい。



Still dreaming 夢続行

Although it has been some time since my last posting, my dream is still alive, and did not give it up:)
But, I have a family and a full time job... I plan two months for the trip, so it is a long time to be away. Next Summer looks good now.

During the past few months we took apart (again) the car and try to make it even better.
I was able to find a transmission and engine that has run only 600km!!!
We build this transmission in to my car. Since the car was sitting for 40 years we have replaced all the bearings, and gaskets. The engine was running very nicely before, therefore I used the old one this time and put aside the 600km one for spare.

前回の書き込みから時間が経ちましたが、私は、この夢をあきらめず、実現させる為にがんばっています。
だけど、仕事と家族を持っていますから、私の旅のため2ヶ月も離れる事は簡単ではありません。来年の夏に出来るかな?

この数ヶ月間に、再度エンジンとミッションを全バラしました。600キロしか走ってないエンジンを手に入れました。走行距離600キロだけですが、40年経っているので、ベーリングとガスケットを取り替えました。このミッションで車を組みました。元のエンジンの状態は良かったので、手を入れて、車に乗せました。新しいエンジンをスペアーとして取っときました。

2008/11/15

Subaru touring ツーリング















Last month with a few friends we have visited Subaru's test course. A lot of 360s and a lot of fun.
Check out the green one. Probably the only one Subaru 360 Commercial still running and road-legal. 
この間中間とスバルテストコースへ行きました。沢山てんとう虫、沢山楽しみ。緑をご覧下さい。おそらく車検付のスバル360コマーシャルは、この1台しか残っていません。

2008/09/06

Inspection time again また車検

I was pretty busy at the last few months, and just noticed, that the inspection on my first Subaru 360 has expired months ago... (In Japan, cars have to pass safety inspection every other year)
Quickly reserved a spot for inspection, and spent a night preparing for it. Next morning, off to "Shaken" (inspection)
A friend come along with a camera, the result is here.

今年のの夏あっという間終わっちゃった。気付かないうちに一号車の車検切れました。すぐに予約して、一晩整備して、翌日車検受けました。
友人が同行して、ビデオを取りました。

2008/07/10

Up and around Mt. Fuji 富士山の楽しい味方。













After the Numazu fun, I have decided to spend some time exploring the area around Japan highest mountain, Mount Fuji. At the Numazu entrance of the highway my friends headed for Tokyo and I, for the opposite direction to Fuji exit. I drove up to lake Motosu and spent the night in the very nice Villa Motosu guesthouse. Next morning took the Kouhoku scenic route and visited Shoji lake, Saiko lake, Kawaguchi lake and Yamanaka lake.
What is the best way to go up to Mt. Fuji? Of course, drive your Subaru on the Subaru line!
For the little 356ccm (0.356 liter) engine car it is quite a challenge to to climb above 2300m.
I was a nicely surprised how well she took the steep slopes. Other than a few hairpin bend, I was able to drive in third gear all the way up! I did stop at the parking areas to let my engine rest a 'bit, and she took me up without any trouble. I was very proud standing up there, with my little car.
I think, the engine has been brake in now :)
イベント後、沼津のインターでスバルの仲間は東京方面へ、私は反対方面、富士インターに向かいました。もっと、もっと、車と楽しい時間を過ごしたい気持ちで、富士山一周する事を決めました。当日本栖湖のヴィラ本栖で一泊しました。朝、湖北ビューラインで富士5湖から富士山の様々な姿が見えました。
富士山に上るのに一番良いルートは?もちろんスバルラインです!
5合目2300m上まで、スバル360の小さなエンジンに過酷なチェレンジです。パーキングエーリアで少しずつ休みながら、自分もびっくりぐらい楽に上りました。数カ所の急カーブ以外3速で上りました。5合目で沢山な人はスバルを絶賛して、私胸を張って、嬉しかったです。
さあーエンジンの慣らしは出来ましたでしょう:)

2008/07/09

Numazu classic car and bike exhibition 沼津クラシックカー&バイク展示


On the 7th of July there is an exhibition for old cars and bikes at the arcades of Numazu city.
It is an easy 80km drive on the highway from Machida city, where were started with five cars from our club.
We were driving very nicely until one of the cars just broke down in the middle of a long tunnel...
The worst thing could happen to a driver with an old car (or any car for that matter) to break down on the highway in a tunnel. There is no escape spot closely, and the only thing we could do other to fix the car asap, is to pray that incoming cars will notice us in time and will not flatten out us. After some time, we were still working on the carburetor when the police come with flashing red and protected us. We have fixed the car to make it to the next parking area, where we could work on it in safety.
Another hour, and we were off to Numazu. We had great time, many interesting cars and bikes...
この三年、7月7日に沼津のアーケード名店街でクラッシックカー&バイク展示がおこないます。TEAM.356から5台のスバル360で参加する事を決めて、朝、町田を東名高速出て楽しく走った。
旧車のドライバー(ドライバー皆でしょう?)絶対さけたい事はトンネル内の故障。
今回は,東名のトンネルで、一台、急に止まってしまった!
後ろからすごいスピードで車はバンバン来てる、暗い所で修理しなければなりません!パトカーは来てくれて後ろに止まって、一安心。なんとか、次のパーキングまで動けるに直しました。PAでさらに直してから、沼津まで5台一笑に走りました。
沼津でおもしろい旧車、旧いバイク見ながら楽しい時間をすごしました。

Family outing to Izu 伊豆の家族旅行


In early June we have visited a Yamazaki sensei the designer of Lamborghini Sogna on Izu peninsula. His page in Japanese is here.
Family of four, the highway, and the hills of Izu was quite a challenge for my little Subaru.
Going up, there were areas I had to switch back to first gear.
We made it up and down(!) in one piece. This was the fist outing with the family in the new Subaru. ( We had several trip with the first one).

6月初めに家族4人車に乗って、ランボルギーニ・ソーニャ(ソニア)をデザインした山崎亮志先生のカーデザインミュージアムに訪ねた。
東名高速度で、それと、伊豆半島のきつい上り坂は家族4人乗せたスバル360に大変でした。ある所ギヤーをlow(イッソク)間で戻さなければいけなかったけど無事に上ってそして無事に下りる事で来ました!2互車でこれは家族の初旅でした。

2008/06/06

Still planning, but... 夢をあきらめないです!!




It has been quite some time since my last posting.
There has been an unpleasant development of the planning of the trip, namely that I have to postpone it ☹
My vacation has been cancelled and I am not going to be able to get away from my work at all this summer. This is something I couldn’t see ahead and did not expected at all.
Instead of the “big trip”, this year I will try to do several trips within Japan. I think of it as my training for the real journey.
Last week I drove around the Chiba peninsula, 440km easy 12 hours with several breaks to enjoy the beautiful view. See the photos.
Tomorrow I will drive with the family (of four) to Izu peninsula this will be a good challenge for the car.
There are still many improvements that I can do on the car, and now I have the time to fine-tune her.
Next summer is far away and in my job I cannot plan so far ahead, just hoping that soon I will be able to fulfill my dream to return home across Siberia.
Please come back and check again this blog, I will post about my adventures with my Subaru 360 within Japan until I get the OK for the “real adventure”.

最近新しいポストしませんでしたの理由は,大変残園なことが起きました。☹
今年の夏休みの中止されて、愛車のスバル360で、ヨーロッパへ行く事は今年中出来なくなりました。仕事の動きが変って,仕方が無いです。
シベーリア大壇を後回しして,今年は日本国内で,スバル360で色々な所に走り回って行ってみたいと思っております。
車にもまだまだ手を打てなければ行けないし,テストドライブとして、日本の様々の美しい所へ行ってみたいです。
先週千葉、房総半島を回りました。ゆっくり、景色を楽しみながら,12時間で440kmを走りました。写真をご覧下さい。
明日伊豆半島へ家族四人で行きます。
少しずつ国内旅の事も書きますので、
宜しかったら、また党ブログを拝見して下さい。

2008/03/10

Finally street legal! 車検を取れました!




今日、もう一度車検場に行きました。
この間のクランクベーリングのトラブルの”おかげで” エンジンをすべて交換した車です。(クランクシャフトと全てのベアーリング、シリンダー、ピストン)色々なハプニング有りましたが、車検取れました!2年間OKです!
そして、シベリアの練習のためかな。。。車検場の中、写真の様な道でした。これから少しずつチューニングに入ります。エンジン組み替えたばかりですから、まずならし運転から初めて、長距離でも走れる車を作らなければなりません。

Today, we went for inspection again, to get the permit called "shaken" that every car have to pass in Japan. Last time I tried, I got only halfway...
Since my last post, I have replaced the crankshaft with all the bearings, cylinders and pistons... It was not an easy ride, but at the end I got the stamp on my paper, and my little yellow Subaru has got the permit for two years, yeah! we are street legal for two years :))))
Even had a little rehearsal for the Siberian road!
They are rebuilding the inspection station and the yard we had to drive trough was all dirt.

From now on, we have to fine tune the car (of course after brake-in my newly build engine) make it ready for the long, long, long road trough Siberia to Hungary.