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An American HAMB in Japan...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 2,951


  2. thepolecat
    Joined: Mar 24, 2009
    Posts: 687

    1. S.F.C.C.

    I am always amazed at what other countries do with hot rods. Every time I see posts from the international hambers about their car shows I am blown away!
  3. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 3,972

    from Chester NH

    Neat. You gotta have respect for those guys that eat/sleep/breath this stuff across the big waters.

    (Buddy Lee Rules!!! Lee Jeans were started in the building across the street from my work.)
  4. Philbilly
    Joined: Dec 21, 2008
    Posts: 1,294


    The Japanese really have a great passion for American hot rods and bikes. There are a lot of great builders over there. I would love to visit over there during the Mooneyes show.
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  5. ClimisCD
    Joined: Apr 25, 2010
    Posts: 66


    Kind of ironic considering how much todays young americans love Japanese 2nr cars.
  6. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,504


    It’s amazing how good the overseas guys are at getting it right. When I think of perfect hot rods, Sweden usually comes to mind, and the Japanese get customs RIGHT.

    The Japanese are into all of our old stuff, down to even making the best reproductions.

    I think you’re right, they’re good at it because of the dedication it takes. We’re not far enough removed from it to appreciate it adequately, I guess.

  7. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,210

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Got any more pics? Thats a really cool peek into their culture. I would love to visit Japan someday
  8. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,588

    from SUGAR CITY

    JAPAN is on the top of my list of places to visit. I never really thought of their stuff being spot on correct but more of a romanticized version of the original but cool none the less. I do like how they are doing things as well as the europeans. I think Japan has the lowrider and custom culture locked and the europeans have the early Hot Rod days down to a T. I wanna go!!!!!

    I will say that one of my favorite parts of building a car which also happens to be the hardest is getting the details right. I love doing research on small things that make the car such as radiator hoses, fuel line clamps, and the welds on headers. So many cars have an interpreted idea of what they were like and don't really want to do it exactly how it was done because so many of those cars were not perfect. So welds get smoothed out and everything gets metal finished etc and they often lose the feel and spirit of what they were doing so long ago. One thing's for sure, those wacky Japanese have the spirit alive and well over there.
  9. GZ
    Joined: Jan 2, 2007
    Posts: 813

    from Detroit

    Thanks to the power of the HAMB, I just sold a 1937 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Four Door to HAMBer Shingo Deguchi of Arts Body Shop in Japan. The car left Detroit a couple of weeks ago for Long Beach, California and should be boarding a boat for Japan any day now. Shingo plans on showing the car at the Yokohama show next month. Right now, the car is all stock but I am sure they have some exciting plans for it. It would be great to be able to see the old car at the show....

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  10. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 7,481


    I dealt with the Japanese folks with vintage clothing for twenty wonderful years. The nicest, most gracious community I have ever been associated with. I had a couple of customers with hot rods, it is very hard to do there with limited space for all things. I still am in touch with many ex-customers and enjoy the relationship, great pride in their reputation. ~Sololobo~
  11. SAVAGE
    Joined: May 13, 2002
    Posts: 903

    Alliance Vendor

    Too Cool. . I want to Go over there and take my Car!!!
  12. MeanOlB
    Joined: Feb 8, 2010
    Posts: 9

    from The South

    I'm not seeing any irony at all.
  13. weez
    Joined: Dec 5, 2002
    Posts: 860


    I'm pretty sure rat Fink is as recognizable as Mickey Mouse in Japan. I go at least once a year and have a deep respect for the level of passion and dedication they have for hot rods, custom cars and bikes. (And really anything authentic or handmade.)
  14. Mark in Japan
    Joined: Jun 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,443

    Mark in Japan

    Wow.........fond memories!

    Nothing is at street level in Tokyo!
    Everything cool is hidden in back alleys, basements or 3 floors up!

    I spent many Tokyo afternoons teaming up with expats from all over the world, just wandering around aimlessly, hunting for the path less travelled, just to stumble on little gems like you have pictured here!

    If you ever go to Tokyo......have the guts to ignore the tourist crap.....and head down the back alleys!!!!

  15. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,087


    "Dedicated passion for 30s- 60s American style, deep respect for our specific (HAMB) car culture, and an intricate study of every minute detail in the American clothing, vehicles, and history of the rebel, the biker, the greaser, and customizer."

    Having lived in Japan for nearly four years in the mid 9o's, I totally agree. "America Mura" (America Village) in Osaka was/is a whole three or four city blocks in Minami filled with vintage USA "Kustom/Pop Kulture". This includes back alleys, basements and 3 floors up, as Mark says.
    I was interested in the origins of this obsession and after a bit of reserch found that most agree it started during the occupation after the war. Japanese culture has a deep respect for the victorious and strong. Having been beaten by, then occupied by US Servicemen and introduced to their blue jean, Jazz/R'n'R, Coca-Cola "culture", seems the young embraced these as desirable winner's traits. They have been symbols of Japanese youth cool and rebellion ever since.
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  16. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 3,810


    Great post, Jive-Bomber.

    Herman Munster, Charlie McCarthy, Rocka-Rolla, Rat Fink, Radio Flyer . . . who knew? (Besides Mark and sololobo)

    How 'bout that Mazooma ! Rat Fink is adored by the Japanese!
  17. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,035


    I miss those aspects of living in Japan. It's not an easy place to live due to the difficulty of the language and the very high cost of everything, but once you get used to it, it's definitely a cool place to live. Would love to be able to afford (in both time and money) to go back once a year for a week or so.
  18. I will second what MiJ suggested, one can have a great time discovering things off the path. There are many many little "culture shops" like pic'd, all over, and most locals do know some English.

    Sorry I was not in town during your trip Jive-Bomber... Hopefully, if there is a next time...
  19. I have some issues of Burnout Magazine which are written in Japanese. They cover their style of cars, shows and the whole culture to go with it. I have some issues that cover Mooneyes Japan and they rule! The artwork in the magazine is top notch. I dig their dedication to the American past time and old cars. Sweden has a pretty cool scene going on too.
  20. Rebracer
    Joined: Dec 2, 2007
    Posts: 158


    Wow... anyone notice the STP cans in the window behind the Rat Fink! Great photographs I had no idea
  21. The Japonese culture embraces so many nice customs.(not just cars!) Like, courtesy. Its amazing to me how doggone polite they are. especially for how tightly packed a country it is. We could all learn from that.
  22. Curly Hand
    Joined: Mar 24, 2009
    Posts: 325

    Curly Hand
    from Tucson

    I think it is really cool how the Japanese have embraced hot rodding. They truly are enthusiastic. Mooneyes would have been bulldozed to the ground by some stupid bank had it not been for the Japanese. What they did with the Burbank Choppers was absolutely amazing as well. Those cats are all right in my book!
  23. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 3,925


    Agree on both the passion for hot rodding and customs in Japan, and the courtesy...even in the teeth of a very long recession they continue to both build and buy great cars...
  24. Comet's time line mentioned is proof how meticulous and dedicated the Japanese can be, even deportations are planned and scheduled......
  25. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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  26. cactus1
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
    Posts: 7,924


    That is a great book. I picked it up when we went to a show of the author's in LA back in 2008 when we went out for the first Santa Maria. The Japanese have always had a lock on what is cool.
  27. Hardware
    Joined: Dec 18, 2005
    Posts: 91

    from West Coast

    Japan has been doing American better than America for a while now. It's cool but at the same time kind of sad. The whole selvage denim revival that Japan started is pretty crazy. The Japanese have a knack for identifying intrinsic value in discarded design culture, in many cases improving on it and then selling it globally.
  28. IGOR
    Joined: Jun 27, 2002
    Posts: 642


    I was lucky enough to have gone to the Mooneyes Show last year. Lots of really nice cars and bikes. Definitely some of the nicest people you could ever meet.

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