04/28/2011

Mr.Leonardo

I have an ad up on Samba to introduce LED lights for VWs. I got lots of inquiries, and this time I'd like to write about a very wonderful e-mail I got.

I had been exchanging e-mails with Mr.Leonardo, a VW owner in the States, with him being interested in our LED lights.  LED installation becomes complicated when changing the turn signals, and I had to explain the installation process, possible problems, and trouble-shooting procedures.  Explaining such things in English is very difficult for me.

It was taking quite some time for me, and then the earthquake hit on March 11th.  The quake brought panic, stress and confusion, and I had forgotten about having to explain about the LED lights.

About a 2week ago, I was reminded of our e-mail exchange by Leonardo's friend request on Facebook.  I appologized for my absence but his responce was far from being a complaint.

He sent me the following e-mail.

CHIAKI... PLEASE  LET ME  SEND YOU 250.00 DOLLARS  .... I WANT YOU TO HELP ANYONE WHO IS HUNGRY WITH FOOD... I KNOW IS DOES NOT GO VERY FAR BUT . I DONT HAVE THE HEART TO BUY LED LIGHTS FOR MYSELF WHEN THERE IS SO MUCH TRAGEDY SURROUNDING YOU.DO I SEND IT TO MYBOWS@NIFTY.COM? LET ME KNOW ASAP. I WILL GET TAIL LIGHTS ANOTHER TIME. I KNOW THE MONEY IS IN THE RIGHT HANDS TO GET IT TO THE NEEDY

What an act of kindness.

Before I was able to decide what to do, the money came to me by Paypal.  So I decided to accept his donation.  This money is more than just plain money.  It holds a man's wish.  I should put it to use in the best possible way.

Leo said in his e-mail that he's especially heart-broken to think about children being hungry, so I asked different people for advice andacame to the conclusion to send sweets.  The food being donated are mainly rice balls and cup needles so snacks (especially sweet things), according to the staff at a distribution center, would be greatly appreciated.  It sweets that I thought children would especially enjoy.

With Leo's 30,000 yen in hand, I went to a wholesale shop selling sweets.  I chose aweets that I thought children would especially enjoy.

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 It was quite a load.  I put package after package (many of them by the box) into the shopping cart but when I took it to the cash register, the total only came to 20,000 yen.  I thought of buying more but changed my mind and decided to donate the rest to the Red Cross because money could be used on various things.

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 I hope the children enjoy the snacks.

Again, I'd like to thank Leo.

 

(to be continue)

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09/28/2010

Cars at the event

 

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Cafe buses like these can be seen in almost any VW event in Japan.

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Amazing!  This is what I call a slammed bug!

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This blue bus is my favorite at the event.

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09/27/2010

VW AUTUMN

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I went to participate in an event called "VW AUTUMN" held in Kyoto on September 19, 2010.  It was my first time having a booth at an event in west Japan.  It was very interesting for me because the event was a bit different from the event I usually go to in Tokyo and surrouding prefectures.  The event was held by "wolfsburg kids" which is a VW club in west Japan.

It wasn't as big as some VW parties but the location was very good, away from the cities up in the mountains.  The weather was also good, actually, too good that it was hot!

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There was a car with the "Spiral exhaust system" I wrote about before, installed for demonstration.  The stainless exhaust system had been used for a while and so it had a nice-look, unlike the one I put in my blog (because it was just installed and threfore unused).

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I don't know that many people in west Japan, and at this event I didn't have helpers like I usually do (I went there alone), so it was really nice of the members of the VW club, Migaki-tai ("Polishers"), to help me with the set up and clean up at my booth.   At the end of the event, it was raining but that didn't stop them from lending me a hand.  I greatly appreciated their help.

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At the swap meet, the booth of my big brothers(lol) at FLAT4 was about the only booth held by a company.  Most of the booths were booths of small shops and regular VW owners.

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Event participatants took part in a big game of rock-paper-scissors.  The winners got prizes courtesy of us swap meet participatans.

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07/19/2010

Hibachi - U.S. trip

 

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This is something I found at a swapmeet.  "Hibachi" is Japanese and this is used for heaters...though I'm not sure.
Anyway, it is the name of an old Japanese heating utility.
"Son of Hibachi"??
I'm guessing that this is used for barbeques?

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