Articles about Japan

Could there be an afterlife for this collection of sad, abandoned cars?
You may have seen our recent article on the abandoned Toyota Supra race car. To the surprise of many, that legendary racer had been left to rot for over 15 years. Unsurprisingly, a lot you were sad about that-especially the generation
“No one wanted it—it was too complex to run, too expensive”
Secondhand car dealers use all kind of zany bait to try and lure potential buyers in. In the US, those giant inflatable men that look like they're having a disco seizure are common. In the UK, they tend to park an
Now this is what we call an office
For many Filipinos, the thought of the daily commute to the workplace is one that invokes feelings of dread-it's like our butts are glued to the bed every time we need to get up in the wee hours of the
A new imperial era is here
In a historic move earlier this year, the Japanese government allowed Emperor Akihito to abdicate his throne on account of his deteriorating health, bringing an end to the country's Heisei Era. His son, Naruhito, has now ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne-
“I sell cars up to ¥20 million and have a five-year waiting list”
I guess this must be purgatory... for no other reason than I don't know if I'm standing at the rusty, padlocked gates of automotive heaven or hell. Behind them, over 400 'R31' Nissan Skylines-all forlorn, disemboweled, and methodically stacked
Lectures, simulators, and hours of first-aid training
In case you haven't noticed, our roads are getting messier, more chaotic, and more difficult to deal with than ever before. Is it the number of buses plying our streets? The number of cars? Or our inane habit of not giving
This year is going to be good
The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) has released the dates of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and this year, the event will be held from October 24 to November 4 with the theme of 'Open Future.'That's 12 days of the
Aptitude tests, simulators, first-aid training—this is how Japan does driver education
I'm not the best driver. If anything, I'm probably the most scared and unconfident driver whose name has ever graced the Top Gear Philippines staff box. And despite my being part of the country's number one automotive publication for
There’s plenty of room for improvement on our end
We recently went on a trip to Japan to observe a driving school in Japan. During the trip, we encouraged our Instagram followers to ask what they want to know about learning to drive in Japan. One of the questions we got
Here’s how they’re deemed fit to be behind the wheel
Given that their country has an ideal train system, reliable bus lines, and even honest taxi drivers, younger Japanese nationals and citizens apparently don't see the much of a point in getting a driver's license or owning a car.Reports
Pretty sure this isn’t your average driving school
In the world's busiest and most congested cities, buildings are designed upward to produce more floor space while using a small amount of land. But how would facilities such as a driving school-those that demand big, open spaces-be built
We meet the people who’ve adopted the slow and low mentality of Chicano culture
You have to rewind back to '50s Southern California to find the not-so-humble beginnings of lowriding. Back then, young Mexican-Americans (Chicanos) in Los Angeles started using their cars not as a source of transport, but ethnic as statements. See,
Rare, odd, and definitely Japanese
Dull-looking hen's-teeth supermini has blown three-cylinder of 105bhp, way before we got the Ecoboost. Little car, big fun.Looked puny, but had 227hp and Skyline-type electronic 4WD. Homologation special, and also great to drive, like an Integrale.
Now in his seventies, Kouji Matsuda continues to work
On the fifth floor of Toyota's Toranomon dealership in Tokyo, Kouji Matsuda scurries around like an overexcited hamster. With seemingly double-jointed ­knees, he works unfashionably fast for a septuagenarian. He has to-he's in demand.Born in 1949, Matsuda
To truly understand Japanese culture, you need to drive Toyota’s halo luxury product
Weddings, funerals, and the potential threat of jury duty: These are the only reasons I have a suit in my wardrobe. But today, it feels necessary to scrub up and have some sartorial decency.See, Toyota may have recently got into bed
“They’re a lot harder to draw than characters”
Lexus has commissioned three artists to create three rather unique pieces of art celebrating the Japanese form of manga. That's why, at this moment, you're staring at a samurai warrior atop a Lexus LC fleeing an exploding city. Yup, today
And it’s not even on sale yet
It's normally a few months after a car goes on sale that potty tuners get their grubby hands on them and start sending power figures into the stratosphere. Not the new Supra.It's not even on sale yet-and our
All from the ’90s
It's rare to see one Honda NSX at the best of times. So, you can imagine our surprise when we just happened to pass a flood of them outside a ratty old garage a few miles from Middle-of-Nowhere, Japan.
Possibly the best-kept classic Lambos in the world
Japan loves Lambos. They love them modified with (even more) anti-social exhausts, loud paintwork and scores of flashing LED and neon lights. They also love them pristine-totally perfect and immaculately clean, as though they've just rolled off the production
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