Japanese Culture (日本 文化)

Hoshino Car Style Day: Parking Lot

Carrying on with some of the coverage I had got from Japan,

I stayed the night outside Ebisu Circuit the day before the event, got around 3hours worth of sleep before I woke up to the noise of cars driving through the mountains to get to the track. I wouldn’t call it a rude awakening what so ever, it was more a sight for sore eyes.

There were a few who slept in the Hall that you can see on the top right corner of the above photo, its free to whoever that wants some shelter before an event or if you’ve had enough of sleeping in your car…

These guys are the younger members of the Geki-style Members, with Hoshino-sans styling cues these were definitely above the ordinary.  It was about 5am when I took this photo, the sun came up really early and once seeing the calibre of what was expected for the next two days, I couldn’t fall back asleep so I searched around to see what else was parked around.

Kouki Trueno Notch on Tri-spoke Weds. So simple yet so good.

This 100 Cresta also sporting some Weds, all class!

This 90 Mark II had signs of being a well used street & track car.

As most 86 owners do, I had a good chat with the driver of this 86 and the culture and beliefs of what the 86 is to every individual doesn’t change no matter what part of the earth you travel too! It’s all about having fun!

This was the first sighting I had of Eigo-sans NB8C other than seeing it on the front cover of Drift Tengoku Magazine for that month, so was stunned to be able to see it up close and personal. I didn’t actually talk to Eigo-san till later on during the day but on most of his cars he has built, he has made each side different on purpose, check it:

With the left side stickered, he kept the right side as a clean canvas. Cool huh… I still have a lot of in-car footage and even helmet cam footage to put up yet!

These guys were so friendly and welcoming of my Kiwi mate Brad and myself, such a good environment to be around.

These two 90′s were owned by Americans that came down that weekend but not for the same event. But seemed like they were having a good time!

This 100 Mark II sounded angry, with a decent 1J under the bonnet and the twin plate rattle you always here out of these cars, it meant business.

I’m sure you all know this car well, the infamous machine that loves Minami course and has been at most if not all Matsuri events for years. I remember seeing this car when it was in a better state back in 2009 but was good to see it back at Ebisu again still killing it.

After most of the cars were here, we headed inside towards Minami course and that’s where we were going to be based for the next two days. Hoshino-san gave us a ride in thankfully, as Brad and myself got dropped off by my father on his way up north and walking from track to track isn’t an option realistically…

More to come so stay tuned!

Enjoy,

Keisuke

86 Style @ Ebisu Circuit Part 1

 

Masato O-Tani

 

Akihisa Kasuga

 

Daiki Inou

 

Jun Kurosawa

 

Naoki Satou

 

Yusuke Sakurai

 

 

This Particular 86 you might have seen at one of the Japanese Hellaflush events. With a Left-hand Drive setup and an immaculate engine bay thanks to the long hours that Naoki-san has put into this, It had to be put to the test.

With a bit more fine tuning to be done they are playing with the timing.

 

Lifestyle: A Taste of JDM Goodness

Me and my mate Mark were talking about Japan (as you do) and I started talking about MOS burger’s Teriyaki Rice burgers.

YES they use rice instead of the standard burger buns!

Anyone who hasnt had these burgers are missing out on life…

Here is (EDIT:Was just Mels attempt, Mark just ate it haha) Mels attempt, Most probably the first people in NZ (maybe even the South Pacific) to make these haha,

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With some Sapporo to go with it, you cant get anymore “JDM” than that. Although I prefer Kirin.

If you go to Japan and want to have Japanese style Fast food, go to MOS burger!