It’s Memorial Day, a US holiday that is known in Japan as…Monday! That’s right–the kids are at school as usual, and Mark and I are on the road for a quick trip to Shizuoka, a city two hours away.
Two months ago Mark fulfilled his wish for a second car while nipping a looming midlife crisis in the bud: he got a deal on a 2000 Mazda Miata MX-5. Pre-martayaki readers may recall that Mark owned the same car in the same color back in the late 90s. The super low price came with a catch: the original soft top needs replacement.
So we’re on the road to the nearest Mazda shop that can provide the parts and proper installation for a car that old.
A brief glimpse of Mount Fuji on a cloudy day
And road trips mean rest stops! We stopped for a break at a super shiny rest area, possibly the nicest one anywhere.
We found the shop! Now it’s time to grab our loaner and spend the day exploring the greater Shizuoka area.