It’s hot in Japan. Hot enough to melt a dashboard rubber duck into a forlorn pool of gooey plastic. And hot enough to make thousands of people intent on proving or disproving the authenticity of a now-viral tweet.
It’s hot in Japan. How hot is it? It is dash-duck meltingly hot.
One hundred and thirty feet underground, this dystopian station might looks like a bunker in the Fallout games, but at least the trains aren’t late. After all, it’s in Japan.
A Japanese baseball pitcher rode onto the mound in a Toyota MR2 to crowd chants and Kernkraft 400. Bow to your new god.
I know as much about Sumo wrestling as you do- two large men in small loincloths slowly try to push each other out of a circle. I would have expected the same looming, deliberate pace from Robot Sumo. But no, these mean little things are terrifreakingfingly fast.
There’s a good reason why so many events happen at Fuji Speedway. It’s one of Japan’s biggest and most famous race circuits. Its close proximity to Tokyo helps too; if you’re lucky you can get there in an hour and a half or so. Plus, it provides a beautiful backdrop. So I’m not going to complain when the Ferrari Club…
Right on the outskirts of Tokyo, roughly an hour away by train, you can find in an unassuming and quiet suburb the headquarters of one of the most revered three-letter combinations in all of motoring: STi. For any diehard Subaru fan, a pilgrimage to the gallery at their headquarters in Mitaka is a must.
A doctor driving what looks like a Mazda hatchback in Japan somehow launched his car over a divider and directly into a tour bus, killing himself and injuring 45, Japan Times reports. The video of the crash looks like something out of an action film. It is terrifying.
When most people think “Japanese Car Culture,” they probably don’t picture Chevy Impalas and old Cadillacs bouncing six feet in the air on hydraulics. But then, those people haven’t been to the Mopona Car show And Swap Meet in Inashiki, Ibaraki.
Certainly, our days are inundated with a constant barrage of misery and disappointment. We are Indiana Joneses, escaping from our own crumbling temples filled with danger only to have our treasures snatched from our hands as we think we reach safety. But we do have our moments of glee, few more gleeful than this video…
When you want to send an international message that can’t be missed, you send an aircraft carrier. When you want to put up a neon sign, you send two. And yesterday, the U.S. Navy did just that, by confirming that the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike groups had joined up off the Korean coast.
Japanese IndyCar driver Takuma Sato shocked the world when he won this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 by only .2011 of a second. Few expected Sato, who had one other IndyCar win to his name in 2013, to win IndyCar’s biggest show. Perhaps the most shocked of all, though, was the Japanese commentary team.
Read any travel guide to Tokyo and they’ll say the same thing: make a trip to Akihabara. Known as Tokyo’s “electric city,” Akihabara is quintessential Tokyo—mad, loud, and thoroughly Japanese. Here, you’ll see the neon lights, the morally questionable maid cafes, and the ever-charming otaku prowling through various…
Join an Aussie drifter named Alexi as he walks around the Mooneyes Street Car Nationals- a massive hot rod show that goes down in Tokyo every year. The parking lot is thick with muscle cars, but it gets a whole lot more interesting than that.
Here’s an embarrassing personal detail: despite being an automotive writer, until very recently, I had never watched a race live. I know, that’s like a penguin saying they’ve never been to Antarctica. I’ve done a few track events with some spirited driving on display, but it’s not quite the same as full-on racing. But…
Takuro Watanabe is a wacky tuning genius. He built a 2JZ-powered S14 Nissan Silvia that has four turbochargers, a hand-activated second throttle body, and a small jet engine on the rear wing for downforce. On top of that, he has a Fierarri F40, and an enormous jet engine that he plans to put into a car. He might be…
In our first installment on the 2017 Motor Fan Festa, I took you through one of Japan’s newest and most enticing car events held each year at Fuji Speedway. It’s also host to one of the biggest meets in the world for cars built by famous tuner company Liberty Walk. Before I talk about that, I want to talk about Dank.