Category Archives: Japan Stuff

So. You wanna go to Japan (Part 4: Reflections)

  Welcome to Part 4 of our Going to Japan series! So far, we’ve covered the basics of how to get around, feed yourself, find a place to stay, see car shows, meet tuners and buy parts without JDM Tax … Continue reading


I Could Almost Cry…

JNC forum member Pecx exposed me today to a manga called Restore Garage 251, and I almost wish he hadn’t!  It looks amazing, but of course I can’t speak or read a lick of Japanese, so if I want to … Continue reading

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So. You wanna go to Japan (Part 3: cars, cars, cars!)

Welcome to part 3 of our Going To Japan series! By now you’ll be well sorted for the basics of survival in JDM-land and now we get down to business. Cars. Let’s face it, when it comes to cars, everyone’s … Continue reading


So. You wanna go to Japan (Part 2: where to stay, walkin’ around)

Welcome to the second instalment of our guide on how to survive in Japan. You can find the first instalment here. So by now you’re a pro at whizzing around Tokyo on a train… but where should you stay, where … Continue reading


(Even more) Cool JDM Clothing…Part 3 (and counting)

  Last month, we covered a few nostalgic JDM clothing brands which embrace old school cars and bikes:  Samurai Motor Club and Neighbourhood.  And yet there is still more….Kaminari69, which has the same old-school hot rod influences with 60s cars … Continue reading


So. You wanna go to Japan (Part 1: Getting Around)

A lot of people we talk to just love the idea of going to Japan for an automotive-themed vacation but the common vibe is always that Japan is a little intimidating. You can’t speak the language, you’re worried that it’s … Continue reading


The Legend….of Option

Fans of JDM literature will be well familiar with Option Magazine. It’s a monthly “tuner” magazine, with cool feature cars and tech articles. Perhaps the biggest aftermarket tuning magazine in Japan, it has been in business since the late 1970s. … Continue reading


Gorgeous JDM Car Art, by Bow

In JDM MX5/Roadster circles, one of the coolest things is the annual “Roadster Days” calendar by Japanese artist Bow. Beautifully illustrated, they’re wonderfully evocative pictures of the MX5 in its natural settings. Being a Roadster owner myself, I just had … Continue reading

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Japan’s Stillborn 70s Supercar

Ask anyone to name Japan’s first mid engined supercar and most people would nominate the Honda NSX. Change tack and instead ask about JDM prototype mid engined supercars and the extremely well-informed would say, ok, Nissan Mid-4. However. Japan’s very … Continue reading


Need your fix of JDM Books and Videos?

Let’s say you’ve trekked all the way to Japan, have found your way to the Super Autobacs in Tokyo Bay, and after spending a good few hours in their wondrously well stocked book and video shop, you stumble to the … Continue reading