Words: Aron Norris | Photography: Kasuga Sora
If you’re anything like us, the car community in Japan is a thing of massive intrigue. We’ve always been fascinated by what’s going on in the land of the rising sun - the seed planted by the Fast and Furious movies with Civics, Supras and Skylines really got a lot of us into Japanese (JDM) domestics. With the internet making the world a much smaller place nowadays, it's easy to fall in love with what Japan do with their cars and it doesn't take much Googling to realise how mad this country is about aftermarket parts and expressing personality through their cars.
We’ve been keeping a close eye on Japanese car culture thanks for our resident photographer, Kasuga Sora. This time Kasuga has been at Wreckin' Meet 2017, which always falls on the 2nd weekend in July in Nanto-shi, Toyama, Japan. We always eagerly anticipate Kasuga’s event photography, because we always know we’ll be greeted by a raft of out-of-the-box cars, crazy builds and new ideas. It’s just such a refreshing insight every single time and we can't get enough of seeing what Japan has been up to.
One Step Ahead.
It feels like the car builds coming out of Japan are one step ahead, or at least they're constantly changing direction. There doesn't seem to be any care about make or model, just as long as the modifications have been carried out well and that quality parts have been used. These guys and girls have some of the planet's best tuning parts on their doorstep, so it's hardly surprising to see them put to good use on their cars.
We’re not mad, of course, what we see does nothing but inspire us, and that's exactly what modified cars should do. If nobody pushed the boundaries, then we'll find ourselves stuck in a rut with the same-old-same-old, which of course is boring and safe and no good to man nor beast.
Japan’s influence on car culture is clear to see all across the world, because they approach car modification in their own special way. Naturally, they’ve got their own domestic makes and models down to tee, but what’s nice to see is how they’re pushing the boundaries with European models as well. Fresh ideas are creating new enthusiasm for common “played out” German cars, which, if you live in Europe like we do, this is a very welcome sight.
Wreckin' Meet 2017.
So, sit back, relax and let Kasuga show us all around this year’s Wreckin’ Meet instalment. This event is basically a carpark takeover, put simply, this is just amazing cars and good vibes at the IOX－Arosa venue in Nanto-shi. (click here to read our 2016 coverage). Get ready for a huge serving of inspiration…