Cars built and registered for the Japanese market are renowned for having higher specifications than their European & North-American counterparts, and so while many years age the standard accessories people bought for their vehicles mainly consisted of aesthetic products, we’ve also seen the addition of lots of exciting gadgets, gifts and other fantastic kit launched in recent years
Whether you’ve simply moved to Japan recently and need to find a good quality child seat for the school run, wish to take advantage of the glorious autumn weather for a barbecue by the river, or take some HD video footage from your nineties Japanese sports car, we have compiled a list of some of the more popular accessories that we have either used, or recommended over the years.
Full details on each accessory can be accessed on our accessories page of our website. Any questions you have can be asked in the comments section of each individual page.
Through a request from our good friend Peter Blake, we managed to arrange a day for him to visit ‘Fuji Speedway’ in Shizuoka prefecture, to attend one of the many closed race meetings around japan.
Peter, a professional photographer and fellow Tokyoite, wished to take some pictures in an environment familiar to his subject for the day – a ten-year-old Japanese karting-champion. Unfortunately, school got in the way of that, however Peter did manage to grab a few good shots from the pit lane, including one of Kimura san, the mechanic who takes care of the privately owned Formula 3 Lola.
Original images are available for purchase over on Peter’s website, The Authentic Image, with some more detail about his day at Fuji speedway over on his blog.
Growing up in the UK, we fell in love with the shape of the XKR, when it was first introduced in the mid-nineties. Fast forward twenty years, and we are presented with this gorgeous limited edition ‘XKR Silverstone’. It’s pretty amazing just how many special editions make their way to Japan, and end up residing in a car park in some far-flung residential areas.
While travelling with the family in Nagano prefecture recently, the wife happened to come across this classic ‘Morris Minor’, parked up in a popular tourist attraction. With it’s minuscule 37bhp, 948cc engine managing a top-speed of 128kph, this particular vehicle, registered in the Yokohama district, must have taken an eternity to travel the 200kms+ to where it was parked.
A rather extraordinary spot in the western suburbs of Tokyo recently. Not one, but three Muscle cars, lined-up adjacent to one another. It’s fair to say, while these behemoth machines may be a trifle too big for the smaller roads of Japan, the simplicity, and square-cut angles of these older models are much more pleasing to the eye than their newer siblings!
Which one is your favourite?
Dodge R/T Hemi
Dodge Roadrunner 440 6 BBL
Plymouth Valiant Signet