Goa is a small state in West India, with a rich prehistoric history that dates back to even over 20000 years ago, but most influences are Portuguese as they ruled over Goa for 450 years. The most popular tourist attractions are some churches and basilicas, but the main focus of tourism is to the beaches in the coastal area. In the 60’s and 70’s Goa was a popular place for hippies, from who a lot of them settled there. The Goa Trance culture can be seen as a modern revival of the hippie culture.Photo taken from Yahoo Japan, which I also posted in my Ethno•G "Afrio-Mania" article of August 2011, showing the original plastic container.
When I researched the background of the “Afro-Mania” G-Shock, which I featured here in 2011, I I stumbled upon this nice looking orange “Goa-Style” DW-004E-4DT. When I saw there was a funny elephant in the EL backlight, I thought, this is the nicest model of the series. Even more, I think it is the best looking DW-004 I know right now! It became an instant grail. Only problem, this series is probably only released in Japan. I havens seen an Ethno•G that was originally sold outside japan. It’s a common series in Japan, so it is relative easy to find a model of these series on Yahoo Japan. The search becomes harder if you want to have a specific model, but if you look around from time to time and have a friend or an agent like “From Japan that can help you out, it doesn’t have to be that difficult to find. From the times I searched on Yahoo Japan, before I found this one, I had seen this particular model several times. Let’s say there was a 30 - 50% chance of finding it in a random search. They are also relative cheap. With the help of a good friend, I was the only bidder on this watch and got it for ¥4000 Yen. The only problem on these cheap transactions is that the costs are relative high. It has to be sent to me friend and specially the international shipping is high. With the fees and shipping costs I got it here for just over ¥8000. Not bad for a watch I consider to be a grail watch. On the other hand, I now know the ¥4000 yen is almost the fixed price for getting a watch from Yahoo Japan to me in The Netherlands (a large part of this price is simply shipping).