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The Hot Rod Dedication of Japan

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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  2. An excellent way to start the morning. Have a safe and successful trip.
  3. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 9,725

    from Tampa, FL

    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
  4. eddie1
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 516


    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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  5. cactus1
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
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    Holy hell! That was cool! Was that a hot rod B-400 in there?!?
    Or am I seeing things?
  6. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 7,547

    Atwater Mike

    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!
  7. cactus1
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
    Posts: 7,837


    Awesome! I'm watching on my phone and I'm like WTF!? Haha!
  8. 57dodge
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 192


    Them boys have good taste in cars.
  9. weez
    Joined: Dec 5, 2002
    Posts: 860


    That was bitchin! It's great to see that many rods on the highway together anywhere-
  10. Great video.
    Thanks for posting.
  11. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,074


    Cool is universal.And this is definitely a great way to start the day.
  12. 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.
  13. vonpahrkur
    Joined: Apr 21, 2005
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    thanks for posting! Looks like a lot a fun!
  14. N8B
    Joined: Sep 28, 2009
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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!

  15. BISHOP
    Joined: Jul 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,572


    That was great, never seen it before, thanks.

    God I have to get my pickup finished.
  16. Awesome video, thanks!
  17. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    Jalopy Joker

    Cool - Thanks. I miss my my chopped '54 Chevy, now pearl white, that I sold a few years back that is there now.
  18. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,033


    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.
  19. I wonder if our pal Nori has posted here recently?

    Yup, I looked and he was logged in today.
  20. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
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    I bet even Godzilla would approve! Very nice video!
  21. Dave Rondou
    Joined: May 26, 2008
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    Dave Rondou
    from Brea, Ca

    Cool video! Really neat cars. As close to Japan as i will ever get, was shaking hands with Chico from Moon.
  22. Toshi's video.......just plain COOL!.......thanks.
  23. Cool Video! Sharing this on FB.
  24. Chuck G.
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    Chuck G.

  25. Flathead Johnny
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    Flathead Johnny
    from MA

  26. Mark in Japan
    Joined: Jun 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,443

    Mark in Japan

    More in Yokohama & Nagoya......not so much IN Tokyo.....but I ALWAYS walked backstreets and saw American Muscle cars/Porsches/Classic Benzs etc tucked away in car spaces where you least expected them.

    Even a 60 Caddy in a glass enclosure at a temple on the top of the hill behind Kyoto.....and the backstreets you walked to get there had ACTUAL GEISHA (ie NOT prostitutes) going about their daily life....there are less than 3000 of them left!!!

    I met Jive Bomber in Tokyo a few years back, and tried to show him as much as I could in a few hours......I guess now that he's been there a few times, he's starting to understand the scope of just how huge Tokyo is, and how many nooks & crannies there are with cool Americana hidden in them.

    A nicer guy, you'd be lucky to meet!

  27. moefuzz
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  28. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Minor issue. Working on it.
  29. There's a serious mideweek cruise happens in Nagoya, I try and time my visits to coincide.

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