G hunting in Japan, associated ramblings and some piccies
Like Tree82Likes

Thread: G hunting in Japan, associated ramblings and some piccies

Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 33
  1. #1
    Member Tetsu Tekubi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Brisbane, AU
    Posts
    5,687

    G hunting in Japan, associated ramblings and some piccies


    Well im back from a rather brief trip to the G motherland and while im deflating from holiday mode, I thought Id write a post about it and how things have changed in the last decade. Turns out ive gone 5 times in the last 12 years or so and I’ll happily go back tomorrow if given the chance… even tho my Japanese is still rubbish I can pull off a convincing enough greeting that they start a full conversation with me where I then bail and try to get my mouth around “I don’t speak Japanese” in Japanese and a flurry of gomennasai’s (sorry) and profuse bowing haha

    the place changes dramatically in the space of a couple years, whole neighbourhoods have gone from dingy alleys to paved marble, oh and look, that skyscraper now has a train line running thru it! lol

    So the best part of japan (apart from, well, everything) is spotting Gs in the wild, walking thru the airport I spotted at least 3 5000s, one on a guard, one on a ground crew guy and one on the chick at immigration, then a splashing of various 5600s and 5500s on other staff and locals at the food court. On any given train there’s at least a handful of diff. Gs in the space of half a carriage. The common trend is not surprisingly, mostly smaller Gs, mostly digital and mostly on “salary man” workers of all ages. The question of wearing a G with business attire/suit would probably be quite amusing there as its pretty much as common as choosing a shoulder bag over a briefcase. Oh and I always manage to come across an old guy with a vintage protrek for some reason lol
    If the school kids are wearing watches, its likely a G. it wasn’t all digitals tho, mtg’s, gpw’s and gsteels were out and about along with the gwa1100fc that seems to still be sold at most places and still getting a lot of love. The price of which was around Y56800 which im sure is higher than when they were originally released cos that’s close to AUD rrp!

    On to the hunt, let me start by saying, the internet has ruined everything lol being a little naïve years ago, and more so having to do the leg work yourself as opposed to just reading someone’s blog for tips or looking up new releases/rarities made things a little more special and rewarding. My first few trips were great in that sense, I like buying models I haven’t seen before or don’t see very often, scouring little alleyways and finding gems in shops that most wouldn’t even think to look. It was all very Indiana jones-like, you never knew what was around the next corner or in that back cabinet. Nowadays, everything is all out in the open, everyone knows all the models (or can easily find whats available) and where to find them. don’t get me wrong tho, this helps me as much as the next guy but it does lose the magic esp. when our AUD is still in the toilet, gone are the days it was on parity with the yen and things were cheaper enough to warrant a purchase. The forex on this trip pretty much landed most things in the “might as well just buy it online” column. I normally come back with a suitcase bursting at the seams but I didn’t even buy sneakers! :-0 (tho i did buy 2 pairs as soon as i got home to make up for it :p ) came back with under 2kg on top of my original weight limit, some 4kg under my return limit, have never don’t that before, normally im loading up my carryon and wearing half my packed clothes to save weight haha

    There were of course finds to be had, I mean where else in the world would you be able to spot a mrg100, dw6100, dw6500 or a bunch of dw003s just lying in a pile at a flea market? (I might’ve been getting the gai jin price but they were def. asking too much for the condition of some of them) the used market has swollen and is bursting with popular areas like Harajuku and shibuya sprouting streets full of used goods stores but that poses its own problems, almost every store has a couple Gs but that means you need to look in every single one to see what they have which requires a lot of time and legwork (side note: my wifes gmas130 clocked us at close to 20k steps most days which didn’t accurately register steps when we were holding hands or if she was carrying bags). But if you look long enough theres always a honey hole at the end of the rainbow? Ramen bowl? Lol where you’ll see a nice loaded cabinet. Hello mint condition dw9100? Gw700? Mtg1500? Some older models may not be everyones cup of tea (or mine) but seeing them out in the wild looking like they just rolled off the production line always makes me smile (:













    Changing pace and going with current models youre spoiled with choice of models and stores, its easier than finding a beer at Oktoberfest lol prices are pretty much the same across the board with only slight variations, large stores like yodobashi and bic actually have some of the better prices, esp. when youre looking at the ex-tax price. Not to mention being in town for a batch of new releases, getting to see them in person and try them on is def. exciting :D



    [img]https://i.postimg.cc/MGM4W992/DSC-9839.jpg /img]











    A new phenomenon ive noticed is the infiltration of garish customs, many having a dedicated display sitting along side originals at ADs and even one that advertised it as a collab with the store.
    The work itself isn’t anything new, tho some of the intricate designs show some craftmanship, but to me it always seemed more of a SE asia thing than a Japanese one but I guess the demand for eye searing bling knows no bounds haha









    There is also the odd batch of fakes but theyre smart enough to not use the casio branding lol





    One last thing, my hotel was about a block away from a casio service center, every time I walked past, it looked like it was closed, just one guy behind the counter looking bored out of his brain haha I hope he has a side job fixing iphones so he can keep the lights on haha





    ps. i found this double sided taped to the underside of the desk in my hotel room. the curious nerd in me threw caution to the wind and i plugged it into my laptop (which i have no problem reimaging if i have to), unfortunately nothing was on there bar some empty android phone folders. so i put it back to where it was just in case the yakuza was having a slow day lol


    Last edited by Tetsu Tekubi; 3 Weeks Ago at 09:06.
    GaryK30, WES51, Dxnnis and 28 others like this.
    the aritst formerly known as soulbridgemedia
    Whoisdisdointhissynthe tictypeofalphabetapsychedelicfunkin


    IG: soulbridge_media
    IG: thegcollective

  2. #2
    Member Tetsu Tekubi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Brisbane, AU
    Posts
    5,687

    Re: G hunting in Japan, associated ramblings and some piccies

    oh i forgot one thing, syncing to the mothership was a little special since we dont really get the signal down here. i did hate myself a bit for wasting so much time on it tho, even tho i was in the heart of tokyo on the 18th floor with minimum tall buildings around, it would only sync in one part of the room, balanced between a chair and a wall lol i think i'll take the sure sync of BT or GPS any day lol

    GaryK30, Adam020, wtma and 9 others like this.
    the aritst formerly known as soulbridgemedia
    Whoisdisdointhissynthe tictypeofalphabetapsychedelicfunkin


    IG: soulbridge_media
    IG: thegcollective

  3. #3
    Member GaryK30's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Simi Valley, CA, USA
    Posts
    5,682

    Re: G hunting in Japan, associated ramblings and some piccies

    Thanks for taking the time to post this.
    Tetsu Tekubi likes this.

  4. Remove Advertisements
    WatchUSeek.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Member GaryK30's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Simi Valley, CA, USA
    Posts
    5,682

    Re: G hunting in Japan, associated ramblings and some piccies

    Quote Originally Posted by Tetsu Tekubi View Post
    oh i forgot one thing, syncing to the mothership was a little special since we dont really get the signal down here. i did hate myself a bit for wasting so much time on it tho, even tho i was in the heart of tokyo on the 18th floor with minimum tall buildings around, it would only sync in one part of the room, balanced between a chair and a wall lol i think i'll take the sure sync of BT or GPS any day lol

    There is probably a lot of RFI in and around the hotel. Longwave AM doesn't work well in the presence of RFI.

  6. #5
    Member nkwatchy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    729

    Re: G hunting in Japan, associated ramblings and some piccies

    What an awesome recap, thank you! Felt like I went on the journey with you. Those customs are next level, I must say hahaha

    Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
    Tetsu Tekubi likes this.

  7. #6
    Member mtb2104's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    3,183

    Re: G hunting in Japan, associated ramblings and some piccies

    OMG!

    Where is that frog! Tell me please!

  8. #7
    Member kcohS-G's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Posts
    1,818

    Re: G hunting in Japan, associated ramblings and some piccies

    How would we know you are the real tetsu tekubi and not a clone replacement by the yakuza? You obviously found where the yakuza hid all their money in that micro sd card and the clone is just typing here telling us that there’s nothing in there except for empty android folders. Blink twice if you are in danger

  9. #8
    Member Deepsea_dweller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Hong Kong
    Posts
    25,928

    Re: G hunting in Japan, associated ramblings and some piccies

    Great write up TTEnjoy your trip and thanks 4 sharing


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    Tetsu Tekubi likes this.

  10. #9
    Member Miklos86's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Location
    Hungary
    Posts
    1,579

    Re: G hunting in Japan, associated ramblings and some piccies

    Thank you for taking the time to post this, you write amazingly.

    Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
    Wanderer16 and Tetsu Tekubi like this.
    - Casio G-Shock MR-G G1000B-1A
    - Casio G-Shock GW5000-1JF
    - Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-1
    - Casio Pro Trek PRW-6600YBE-5
    -
    Garmin Fenix 5 Plus
    - Seiko Samurai Great White Shark edition SRPD23K1


  11. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    147

    Re: G hunting in Japan, associated ramblings and some piccies

    Going early next year thanks for the tips.
    Tetsu Tekubi likes this.

Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •