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Old 10-25-2011, 10:13 AM   #1
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Default The Hot Rod Dedication of Japan

Right now I'm in Tokyo, Japan for work again, thousands of miles from home. There is a major language barrier, cultural barrier, and our US Dollar is worth less than dirt right now. Yet I can't help feeling a bit at home when I'm here. They have a...

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Old 10-25-2011, 10:22 AM   #2
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An excellent way to start the morning. Have a safe and successful trip.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:25 AM   #3
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Neat. When I was there, mid-80s, everything was tuner cars and motorcycles in every variety. Do you know how long the hot rod deal has been going in Japan? Gary
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:27 AM   #4
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Default Re: The Hot Rod Dedication of Japan

If that had been posted before I had not seen it. Thanks for posting (or re-posting). Great way to start the work day!
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:28 AM   #5
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Holy hell! That was cool! Was that a hot rod B-400 in there?!?
Or am I seeing things?
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:38 AM   #6
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Holy hell! That was cool! Was that a hot rod B-400 in there?!?
Or am I seeing things?
That was an A-400! (never saw a '29 type before...must be a 'Phantom'.)
I watched the video 3 times for a better view of that car!
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:45 AM   #7
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Awesome! I'm watching on my phone and I'm like WTF!? Haha!
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:29 AM   #8
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Them boys have good taste in cars.
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:58 AM   #9
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That was bitchin! It's great to see that many rods on the highway together anywhere-
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:08 PM   #10
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Great video.
Thanks for posting.
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:10 PM   #11
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Cool is universal.And this is definitely a great way to start the day.
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:37 PM   #12
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Very enjoyable. Being half-Japanese, I know that's a lot of work and money to buy and keep these kinds of cars on the road, it takes a lot of dedication.

Is the Hot Rod scene there mostly in the Southern part of the main Island (Honshu), seems like it. I always hear about Tokyo and Yokohama which are about an hour apart I think.
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:39 PM   #13
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thanks for posting! Looks like a lot a fun!
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:56 PM   #14
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I was living there in '84 and I can remember it being alive back them. I lived in a small town of 3 million by the name of TSU. It was a huge ship manufacturing district.

I remember being the first white kids in the Japanese school system.
The girls in their school uniforms and the boys in theirs. They would all run home after school and change into their cuft up Levi's and white shirts and puff their hair. At 8 years old.... No lie!

They cling to Americana.
Levi Jeans could be sold for $150 a pair even back then.

I think what they embraced much more than our clothing, music or hot rod culture was the true American spirit of freedom and rebellion.

Fantastic write up. Thanks for bringing back fond memories!

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Old 10-25-2011, 12:59 PM   #15
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That was great, never seen it before, thanks.

God I have to get my pickup finished.
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Old 10-25-2011, 01:01 PM   #16
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Awesome video, thanks!
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Old 10-25-2011, 01:20 PM   #17
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Cool - Thanks. I miss my my chopped '54 Chevy, now pearl white, that I sold a few years back that is there now.
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Old 10-25-2011, 01:27 PM   #18
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Lived in Japan for almost three years from 1991 to 1994. Incredible car culture. Obviously most of it revolves around Japanese cars, but there is something there for everyone. Didn't see too many hot rods or customs in the smaller Northern town where I lived, but when you visit Tokyo or Yokohama, you can see anything on the street. When the Japanese pick a hobby, they tend to go all out. So many aspects of their life are regimented, their hobbies are an outlet for uniqueness, and the love of Americana drives many of them (that can afford it) in the direction of American cars.
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Old 10-25-2011, 01:35 PM   #19
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I wonder if our pal Nori has posted here recently?

Yup, I looked and he was logged in today.
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Old 10-25-2011, 01:36 PM   #20
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I bet even Godzilla would approve! Very nice video!
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