Even as a motoring journalist, I always look at other media outfits for inspiration and ideas. My favorite is Speedhunters followed by The Narita Dogfight, and a few other automotive websites and blogs that devote themselves to car culture as a whole, heavily slanted toward the enthusiast community.
Regular perusing of such websites made me familiar to the words Daikoku, Umihotaru, and Tatsumi. And upon further research, I found out that these are names of rest stops or parking areas popular among car enthusiasts in Japan. The other thing that piqued my interest was: Why all three in that sequence?
I never thought I would find the answer, let alone go to these places, in my life. But as life would have it, plus the power of Facebook and the internet, I was able to check out all three places and find out their unique connection.