Nanto-shi, Toyama, Japan.
We absolutely love the Japanese car scene here at RollHard. We’re fascinated by all the happenings over in the land of the rising sun. What the Fast and Furious movies started, the internet continues as we stay truly glued to developments in Japanese (JDM) car culture.
We’ve been keeping a close eye on Japanese car culture thanks for our resident photographer, Kasuga Sora. Kasuga is back at this years Wreckin' Meet to give us a glimpse into grass-roots tuning in Japan. Wreckin’ Meet takes place on the 2nd weekend in July at Nanto-shi, Toyama, Japan. Yet again, Wreckin’ Meet does not disappoint. Kasuga found plenty of crazy builds at this years Wreckin’ Meet, feast your eyes...
Breaking The Mould.
It feels like the car builds coming out of Japan consistently break the mould. Thankfully, bonnet badge doesn’t change anything, just as long as modifications have been executed well and quality parts have been used, Japan approves. It’s perhaps hardly surprising given that Japan can lay claim to some of the best tuning parts on the planet, their modified scene was always bound to thrive.
Prepare to be inspired, because that’s exactly what modified cars should do. Pushing the boundaries and bringing in new ideas keeps everyone on their toes and we welcome that.
JDM vs German.
It wouldn’t be a Japanese car event without an array of JDM classics on display, let’s face it they’ve got their own domestic makes and models modified down to tee, but it’s nice to see that German cars are also getting a look in. Japanese tuners are stoking up new enthusiasm for common “played out” European models, which, if you live in Europe like we do, is a welcome breath of fresh air.
There was strong contingent of German cars at Wreckin’ Meet because the Volkswagen brand is seriously cool in Japan right now. Old Golfs are definitely here to stay in all parts of the world, but Japan just has a certain knack of taking things to a new level. We’ve all seen Mk1 and Mk2 Golfs on BBS RS’ but the Japanese guys and girls manage to keep these classic designs looking fresh.
Wreckin' Meet 2018.
Japanese influence on car culture reaches far and wide and continues to have a unique quirk about it, which is what keeps us coming back for more over and over.
So, sit back, relax and let’s take a look around this year’s Wreckin’ Meet. Good vibes at the IOX－Arosa venue in Nanto-shi. Japan, we love you!