My Honda Logo, which is a so-called “Super Mini,” is small. Really small. Despite the car having four doors, it’s honestly a struggle to fit four full sized adults in the GA3. I’ve done it twice, and nobody enjoyed the experience. I almost always had the seats down. So, I decided to double my hatch space and reduce my…
Americans, we need to have a talk. Your greed is causing Japan to deal with a serious depletion of a precious resource. You’re hogging all the Skylines. That’s right, because with 1989 and 1990 Skylines now available for U.S. import, Americans are driving up the prices here at home.
Okay, so, if you didn’t previously read my piece on the reasons driving in Japan actually sucks, you might instead think that every time I take out the Honda Logo GA3 it’s more like Initial D (which isn’t even completely like Initial D), but you’d be wrong. Truth is, it’s slow, traffic-y, and full of rules, signs, and…
Some cars are meant to be driven as is. Modifications should be minimal, if even present. Some are meant to be restored to former glory. Some are meant to be returned to original condition for the purposes of flipping. But some cars are meant to become experiments, concept cars even. I consider my Honda Logo TS to be…
Sometime yesterday evening I left my cozy warm home, to go spend the night in a tiny ski resort named Yachihokogen, in Nagano prefecture. I had this little trip planned for over a month now, when the owner of Fun2Drive, Chikara Yokoyama, told me he was organizing this little "get together" in the middle of nowhere!
So, Torchy’s got his bug, Doug
has had his Ferrari (now will have GT-R?), Stef has her Porsche, and I have my Honda Logo TS. I have no idea what the heck Matt has (probably a type of Batmobile—Mattmobile?). The others? Uh... I should ask. In any case, we love each of our very different cars and that’s what makes…
One of those facts about a Japanese commute which contributes to the "weird Japan" stereotype, there are a lot of anime themed cars. It can't be helped. Why? Because it's true. It's not unusual to see one or two during rush hour, or a few scattered throughout a parking lot.
Photographer Ken Ishii visited the 2014 Tokyo Classic Car Festival near the very famous Meiji Shrine (which is next to the fashion area of Harajuku). His shots are amazing and well worth the potential load times. Personally, I like the yellow BMW Isetta the best.
For those who think the regular Subaru Forester is a rolling piece of bloated boredom, STI just made a better one. It went on sale today and they will build 300 in total, for Japan only.
On Monday, I had the unfortunate experience of walking up to my 2000 Honda Logo TS GA3, trying to open my driver's side door, and the handle snapping on me. It was time for me to go visit the dealership. And I have to say, it was a very nice experience.
On Thursday morning I took a half day off school and went to the Japanese Drivers License Center to finally pick up my brand new gold license. The process was a model of efficiency, and as a gold license holder, my process was expedited. I was in and out of the process in a mere 55 minutes.
Look, I love my adopted country, and I am annoyed by many "weird Japan" posts. It's one trope I am really tired of hearing. However, even I have to admit, sometimes, Japan is weird. Like Japanese commercials. They're totally bizarre. And they've been that way for a long time. Like this 1970s Nissan Skyline commercial.
One of the best parts of having another Jalop (and Opponaut) here in Japan is that I get to see amazing Japanese cars I might have missed. And, once again, Flavien Vidal delivers something stunning: this classic Toyota Celica GT.
For those who have never actually been to Japan, the idea that Japan's generally regimented, polite, and clean society could have a completely out of control and dangerous youth subculture is hard to believe. Residents of Japan know better. Enter: bosozoku. Or rather exit, as bosozoku are in steep decline.
Fellow expatriate in the Land of the Rising Sun and OppositeLock devotee Flavien Vidal is back. He's sharing his happy fun times at a track devoted to racing Japan's littlest cars that could. Welcome to your look inside kei car racing: they may be small, but they sure can be fun.
Welcome to Cars of The Ku, a new weekend segment where I highlight a cool car I've found around where I live. Ku (区) is the Japanese word for "city ward." Today's Car of the Ku is this Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII.
Commuting to and from my other job as a junior high school English teacher on the Saitama/Gunma border, I see a lot of really cool cars on the road. Vehicles you can only really find in Japan, especially if they are special editions. Product tie-ins are huge in Japan, and cars are no exception.