In Pursuit of Initial D: Driving The Real Mount "Akina"

Each of the mountains in Initial D are real locations in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. On beautiful weekends, the roads don't just have day trippers to the various tourist spots, you can also spot modified cars and motorcycles enjoying the drive. I recently took a group of friends out on a quick jaunt around Mount "Akina."… » 9/06/14 2:54pm 9/06/14 2:54pm

Four Reasons Why Driving in Japan Actually Sucks

If your idea of driving in Japan has been wholly influenced by Initial D and Fast and Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, you're in for quite a shock. Even JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) enthusiasts who do not base their views of wider Japanese driving culture on such Western media representations often do not realise that while… » 7/18/14 7:53am 7/18/14 7:53am

Why Japan Is Cracking Down On Its Tiny Kei Cars

You're unlikely to ever see one in the U.S., but for decades Japan's domestic market minicars have provided drivers with efficiency, practicality, ease of parking, style, and even fun behind the wheel. Today, the kei car has never been more popular. So why do Japanese automakers want to wean buyers off of them? » 6/10/14 1:10pm 6/10/14 1:10pm