The car culture in Japan is unlike anywhere else in the world, filled with locally-produced sports cars, the latest and greatest supercars, and a tuning industry that’s more prolific than anywhere else on earth.
On a recent trip to Japan, New Zealand drifting star Mad Mike decided to create a documentary highlighting Japan’s custom supercar culture and the video is well worth a watch.
One of the heroes of the nation’s supercar culture is Wataru Kato, the man behind Liberty Walk. Preferring to set trends rather than follow them, Kato has single-handily created some of the wildest supercar creations anywhere.
At the other end of the spectrum, many Japanese have a love for American cars, turning them into desirable lowriders and affixing all kinds of bling. If you want to stand out on U.S. streets, some simple colored neons under your car will do the trick.
In Japan, you have to go ten steps beyond that, creating wacky wheels, paint, and anything the locals consider fun. If that means installing an exhaust that stretches 10-feet into the air, that’s what the Japanese will do. They don’t care what others think of their cars, as long as they express their personality, it’s a job well done.