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Ten Random Facts

About me

  • 1. I was born in Soviet Union, in the small coastal town of Nakhodka in the Far East Russia. I had only one baby sister but our extended family was always big and loud.
  • 2. My love of all things Japanese started with my father. He worked for the shipping company, often at sea and abroad. He’d bring me wonderful gifts from his voyages to Japan.
  • 3. My first overseas trip was to Fukui prefecture, Japan in 1993. We travelled in the fab air-conditioned bus with a drop down TV, curtains and red and gold interior trim!
  • 4. My first car was a JDM* import Toyota Carina 1991, stolen at lunch from my office parking lot in Vladivostok. No trace. Not insured. Ouch.
  • 5. I came to Australia with my husband in 2001 to study Photography at COFA, Sydney. To pay my high fees as international student, Igor partnered with a few people to import JDM cars. That partnership didn’t go well and neither the next one. However, he needed help due to his severe hearing disability.
  • 6. Instead of becoming the next Annie Leibovits, I joined forces with Igor to sell Japanese imports. We registered our company in February 2007 and our daughter was born 9 months later after many years of prayers.
  • 7. We started with the mainstream: Skylines. I was good at selling 4 doors R33: always had a special bond with the family buyers. Couldn’t stand those young tyre kickers in hoods, coming to test-drive en masse. You know the type, right?
  • 8. My mechanics call me Blondie: I don’t get gaskets, bushes or sub-frames, etc. I also don’t import cars that I wouldn’t drive myself and mainly stick to Nissan Elgrand and Toyota Estima and also Nissan Skyline SUV+sedan by custom order. Looking forward to importing hybrid models in future.
  • 9. Never learnt to ride a bike. I’m a bookworm and a confident blue runs skier. My top 5 ski resorts: Sochi (Russia), Crystal Mountain (USA), Treble Cone (NZ), Thredbo (AU) and Mount Blanc (FR). Igor would never agree to the last one, as snow was too wet, but who cares when they have best pastries in the world!
  • 10. My big dreams in no particular order (apart from magic metabolism)
    • Affordable White Christmas with extended family
    • Wine river cruise in France (all the champagne cellars and whatever else is there) and Germany (their Riesling keeps calling me lately)
    • Driving around in a luxury Toyota Alphard 2016-2019 as my test car

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*JDM – Japanese Domestic Market