Words: Aron Norris | Photography: Kasuga Sora
Now it might just be me, but car culture in Japan just has something very special about it. The Japanese just seem to have a way of doing things just so damn right.
We sent our resident snapper Kasuga Sora along to Wreckin' Meet 2016, IOX－Arosa in Nanto-shi, Toyama. The rain didn't stop play, the quality cars were out in force and Japan once again showed us some fresh thinking.
It clearly isn't enough that Japan is responsible for some of the best production cars ever built (I wont even begin to start listing them!)... no, not content with that, they have to be bloody good at tuning them as well, as our coverage shows.
So much of what's going on in Japan's scene is replicated all over the world. It's a huge compliment to the guys and girls pushing things forward, trying something different and creating new styles for others to follow.
The Japanese car tuning scene has never lost focus or lacked quality, although there has been a noticeable shift towards European metal. I guess in the same way we love US/Japanese spec cars, they love European makes and models. The rise of old VWs in Japan has really shaken things up and kept things fresh.
As Kasuga's Wreckin' Meet photography clearly shows, Japan has still got it... in a form is temporary, class is permanent kind of way. Don't be surprised to see these styles creeping over to your local meet soon enough, just remember, you saw them here first...