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The Night I Had An Initial D Mountain All To Myself

This isn’t the first time I’ve been to Mount Haruna (known as Mount Akina in Initial D), but it is the first time I’ve gone at night. To my surprise, other than a Nissan R-34 GT-R and a Mitsubishi Evo who left as I showed up, I had the entire mountain all to myself until the following morning. This is what it was like. » 7/27/15 6:30am Yesterday 6:30am

Get Ready To Fight A Space Battle In Toyota's Brand New Gundam Auris

Welcome to The Drift where Jalopnik East rounds up the highlights from all around the Pacific Rim. Toyota previews the brand new model Gundam tie-in Toyota Auris, Maruti Suzuki plans to release a number of new models in India, and we’ve heard from you what you want out of your Drift. » 7/20/15 7:00am 7/20/15 7:00am

The Japanese Drivers License Center Process Is A Model Of Efficiency

On Thursday morning I took a half day off school and went to the Japanese Drivers License Center to finally pick up my brand new gold license. The process was a model of efficiency, and as a gold license holder, my process was expedited. I was in and out of the process in a mere 55 minutes. » 11/08/14 3:03pm 11/08/14 3:03pm

Only In Japan Will A Wild Gundam Toyota Auris Appear

Commuting to and from my other job as a junior high school English teacher on the Saitama/Gunma border, I see a lot of really cool cars on the road. Vehicles you can only really find in Japan, especially if they are special editions. Product tie-ins are huge in Japan, and cars are no exception. » 9/13/14 4:13pm 9/13/14 4:13pm

In Pursuit of Initial D: Driving The Real Mount "Akina"

Each of the mountains in Initial D are real locations in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. On beautiful weekends, the roads don't just have day trippers to the various tourist spots, you can also spot modified cars and motorcycles enjoying the drive. I recently took a group of friends out on a quick jaunt around Mount "Akina."… » 9/06/14 3:00pm 9/06/14 3:00pm

Four Reasons Why Driving in Japan Actually Sucks

If your idea of driving in Japan has been wholly influenced by Initial D and Fast and Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, you're in for quite a shock. Even JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) enthusiasts who do not base their views of wider Japanese driving culture on such Western media representations often do not realise that while… » 7/18/14 7:56am 7/18/14 7:56am