Recently we popped into Japan to say hey to our distributor and get a mental breath of fresh air. An always inspiring country, and often overwhelming, it takes a couple trips through this epic country to get a sense of direction. The first time we were there over 7 years ago there was a bit of culture shock, and regardless of being there more times than I can count, that same sense of shock is always there the first day arriving on any trip. Every trip there is different and we are constantly looking for a way to break the rhythm and comfortableness of the trip before. It’s easy to go to the same restaurants, stores, etc and turn what should be a trip of inspiration into a trip repetition. We have our banger stops and favorite shops just like any one else, and one in familiar is the LOGOS book store in Shibuya. This place is a gold mine and is in the basement of the PARCO shopping centers under the Miu Miu store. This trip however, I made it a point to not visit it. I wanted to see what else was out there, force myself to look around, and risk possibly not finding another book store as strong as this one, but also potentially finding a new gold mine…which is exactly what happened. After asking around and getting guidance from our distributor friends I stumbled upon what will no doubt replace the LOGOS book store that I’ve loved for so long. I’m not quite ready to spill the beans hear, but I will say that right when you walk into this store there is more books and magazines on vintage road race, GP, and Harley Davidson related topics than I ever thought possible. Everything from VFR race specs, to panhead specific magazines, to what look like printed shrines of Marc Marquez. I was in instant bliss, and had to be dragged out by Matt (who in turn I had to drag out on our second trip). Here are some photos from our spoils. Are we breaking the sound barrier here with these magazines? Absolutely not. But, I will say that how we got them definitely makes me feel proud of not falling into the routine that so many do when visiting this amazing country.