One of the first things you will no doubt notice when coming to Japan is that most of the streets don’t have names, the building numbers don’t go in any kind of order, and you can’t possibly imagine a time before your cabbie had access to GPS. Welcome to the Japanese address registration system. It’s a doozy.
In my adolescence, I based many of my conceptualisations of Japan on three sometimes questionable sources: my Japanese language lessons programme, Japanese TV, and, yes, anime/manga. And they were all completely dead-on about how awful commuting by train in Tokyo really is.
Beyond the obvious that these two companies are titans in Japanese automotive history, it’s fair to ask how the various tendrils of Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan Motor Company reach throughout many aspects of day-to-day Japanese life. Indeed, it’s fair to ask how this will affect Mitsu’s place in Asia more generally.
Days ago, car-spotting YouTuber Gordon Cheng found himself in a Tokyo parking garage. It turned out to be a cave of wonders, full of the absolute most outrageously modified Lamborghinis I’ve ever seen.
On Friday Japan became just the fourth nation to test-fly its own stealth jet, the homegrown X-2 prototype fighter. Decked out in the white and red colors of the country’s flag and built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, it’s hard to escape the X-2’s symbolism—or its importance to Japan’s defense future.
A series of earthquakes devastated parts of southern Japan Thursday and Saturday killing at least 41 and injuring thousands of others. As the area works to rebuild, automakers including Nissan, Toyota and Honda have been forced to shutter or slow down production due to factory damage.
Jalopnik East has covered all the developments of the Char Anzable Gundam Toyota Auris promotional concept, to a small production run, and finally to its second and current iteration. It has been profitable for Toyota, so perhaps unsurprising that Toyota is heavily promoting it in animated commercials and going all…
Japanese train-travel company Seibu Railway hopes to make a major design leap in time for their 100th anniversary; a new line of fast commuter trains that “blend into the landscape.”
Takuya Sosogi delivers vegetables all over Japan. It’s a pretty standard trucker gig, except he does it with style. Or whatever you want to call the practice of turning your big rig into a discoball. It’s actually called “dekotora,” and here’s a quick close look at what it’s all about.
Vincent Urban filmed this totally bad ass video of Japan that captures so many sides of the country that it makes me want to immediately drop everything and book a ticket to experience what looks like the coolest place on Earth. From the frenetic city streets to the stillness of nature, Japan just does it better and…
Whatever problems Americans think young people have here with getting into cars, Japan has it worse. And yet they still have room for a budding grassroots scene, thanks to insanely low costs.
Between April and August of 2015, Justin and I unabashedly explored the Yamanashi Prefecture outside of Tokyo in search of abandoned towns, villages and homesteads – referred to as Haikyo in Japanese culture. We also raced a 50cc Honda Cub in an endurance race and ate plenty of rice pucks, among other things!
“Dekotora” is Japanese for turning a truck into some freaky confluence of medieval knight and Las Vegas slot machine. But this tribute video is like an acid trip, action movie montage and 1980's sex scene rolled into three and a half minutes of glory.
The Japanese auto industry is crowded. Too crowded, according to Bloomberg’s industry expert, who thinks Japan’s seven automakers will have to merge into three or fewer groups in the next four years to keep up with rising development costs.
The Honda Logo GA3 5-Door D-series hatch (the Fit before the Fit) was in pretty poor shape when I bought it a year and a half ago for $975. Mechanically, it’s great! Passes inspection, has insurance, has a comfortable interior, all that... Jazz (womp womp). However, the outside was trashed, and I’ve even had a few…
Following an explosion at one of its affiliate steel production plants, Toyota could have to put a halt on nearly half of its global production in February. If so, that means about 14,000 vehicles per day may not roll off the line.
Today the world got to know the jet that’s critical to Japan’s indigenous fighter design future. Until now, photos have been far from detailed and only showed limited angles. With today’s official unveiling, the world has a clearer view of what to expect from the X-2.
Seeing F-22s deploy internationally is nothing new, but usually it’s in relatively small groups of four to eight jets. Yet the 525th Fighter Squadron based at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, has just moved 12 F-22s (half of its inventory) to Yokota Air Base in Japan. Obviously such a potent deployment is meant to send a strong…