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A Trip to Japan: Part 1

Back in April, I got the opportunity to visit Japan. Every Japanese car enthusiast should make the pilgrimage at least once in his or her life to truly appreciate the cars we all enjoy. Japanese culture is so unique; it is like nowhere else on earth.

On this trip to Japan I got to visit both the Tokyo and Osaka regions for 2 weeks, and although my trip was jam packed with activities I still got to enjoy quite a bit of car oriented things. Over my next couple posts I will show you the kind of variety in cars you can find in Japan even just parked on the streets.

Here we have one of the coolest Kei cars ever to be created #8211; a Suzuki Cappucino. The Cappucino is rear wheel drive and is a convertible; weighing in under 1,600 lbs and having a 50/50 weight balance makes this car quite agile. You might be familiar with the model if you have ever seen the anime Initial D, as this is the car is used to race against Takumi in his AE86 Trueno.

This particular Cappucino has been lowered and is siting on a set of Volk TE37s.

Here was have a AE86 Toyota Trueno Coupe, and this car looks as fresh as it did in the 80s with its panda paint scheme and body modification. The Trueno has a set of classic Watanabe rims: a finishing touch on any Hachi Roku. While driving by, the car was quite quiet, revealing that the car is probably stock under the hood.

While in Shinjuku, I spotted this Hachi Roku. The car has a much different approach than the last one but also is very period correct. The car has a factory silver and black combination paint job, and the choice of wheels are gold SSR Reverse Mesh rims coupled with a slight lowering kit.

The car sounded like it had received a 20 Valve 4age swap since I could hear the distinct sound of ITBs emitting from its engine bay.

In Japan, this is an extremely rare car given it costed a small fortune brand new. The Toyota Century has been the only street-going car manufactured by Toyota to receive a V12. Overall, the car was built for pure luxury and I#8217;m guessing the car is to chauffeur around a high class client due to the privacy blinds in the rear windows.

I love the fender mirror and Phoenix century emblems on the wheels.

On my visit to Up-Garage (more on that later) I found this awesome Toyota JZX100. I had a short conversation with the owner, who has done quite a few mods to the inline 6 motor as alluded to by the intercooler hiding behind the front bumper. He drifts the car quite often which is why he chose a very usable stance, and the mismatched wheels still look great on the JZX100.

There#8217;s nothing quite like a Toyota Crown wagon and I truly wish Toyota would have imported them to the USA. It#8217;s the small things on this car that make it quite interesting, such as the double windshield wipers on the rear window. The owner has selected to lower the car and put on Fairlady Z33 rims on it.

One night while on trip to the local family mart convenience store I found this awesome Nissan Skyline sedan. The car looks absolutely gorgeous. Even though the coupes are much more popular, I personally prefer the sedans.

I discovered that the owner actually worked at the family mart, and that the car is rocking a RB25DET under the hood.

I came to that same family mart the next morning and found this awesome Toyota Estima van. The van and wagon scene is much more popular in japan, and this car is a great example of that. No part of this Estima hasn#8217;t been modified; from the airbag suspension, to the wheels, to the body kit, the car fits the VIP look perfectly

The Subaru Alcyone SVX has always been a peculiar car. All of the SVX#8217;s came in automatic, and the shape of the car is quite unique. The way the car#8217;s windows are designed look cool but by no means are they practical.

Even though it is a oddball car its still one of my favorite Subarus to this day.

Here we have a Nissan Stagea; for those of you who don#8217;t know, the Stagea is essentially a Skyline wagon. This particular one is a Rare Autech 260RS model. Autech modified the cars and sold them directly through Nissan dealers, and comes with the potent 2.6 RB26DETT under the hood.

The car has on black Volk TE37#8242;s to make it look even more aggressive.

This concludes part 1 of my Japan coverage. It really goes to show you how many different cars you can find in Japan while just walking around. From the bone stock to the extremely modified, cars in Japan can be extremely interesting. Hope you enjoyed checking them out.  –  John Paul Delaughter

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