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Japanese Street Racing Culture

The secret Culture in Japan

Anthony Chung

on 12 November 2012

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lHXR6RzIRc Sources 走り屋 By Anthony Chung Street Racing
in Japan Has some affect to their Economy
Something to do on Saturday nights
Gives young people excitement
Local tracks are crowded
High House Prices and little to spend their money on
Much cheaper than going to the local track every weekend (circuits may cost as much as ¥20,000 to race, while a highway toll may cost less than ¥1,000).
A Culture of Individualism and passion
A culture because it is a group of people trying to achieve the same goals
Gaining Acceptance and finding their place Why Race Drifting
Originates from the Japanese towns of Rokkosan, Hakone, Irohazaka
Started in the mid 1960s
“Touge”- refers to winding roads and mountains
Cannonball Runs
Trying to reach a certain distance in a certain amount of time
Drag Racing
Focus on launch controls and shifting gears
A straight road Forms of Racing In 2001, the amount of “Hashiriya” dropped from 9,624 (in 1995) to 4,365
Increase Construction to discourage racers
Police started implementing heavier punishments
Installing speed cameras
Investigating popular checkpoints and areas
Issuing fines and require racers to remove illegal mods Cracking down Started when Hashiriya appeared on expressways and public highways of Japan
There were a lot of Street Racers in Japan
During the 1980s Street Racing was very popular
The most notorious group was “mid-night club”
They gave street racing world wide attention
Know for its high standard and organization
Disbanded in 1999 following a fatal accident involving a group of bōsōzoku (Motorcycle sub culture)
Starting as a solution to get away from the tragedy of the grate depression
To become the fastest and turn heads History “Hashiriya” the phrase used to refer to street racers
Means running shop
Mostly young men with a love of motor sports
A Japanese youth subculture
Seek Independence
They put a lot of money and time in to their cars
They mod and improve their vehicles 走り屋Street Racers By Anthony Chung Street Racing
in Japan http://www.insideline.com/nissan/gt-r/2009/tokyo-underground-street-racing-paradise.html
http://www.squidoo.com/street-racing-culture Sources Typically Asians in the racing scene, and in media
Considered bad people
Spreads to the U.S.
Typically young Asian Americans and Hondas or Japanese imports
“Boy racers” or “Ricers” today
Refers to people that modify their cars to show off
Refers mostly to Asians
“Souped-up car” automatically means street racing
Makes it hard to have a customized car
Misunderstood Cultural Affects The racing still continues, but are very rare
The vibe doesn’t feel illegal (Family Atmosphere)
Like a car show
Some cops don’t mind
Show the cops respect and they will show you respect
Consider it harmless fun
Takes place mostly on weekends and late at night
Done in secrecy and well organized
A sight to see Rare Events The Illegal Street Racing Scene is portrayed in many films, Anime, manga, and video games:
Initial D
Wangan Midnight
The Fast and the Furious Franchise
Need For Speed Underground
Zero4 Champ series
Tokyo Extreme Racer
How Street Racing is portrayed in Media is different from how it is in real life. The numbers of street racing is very rare and done in secret.
Due to the media Street racing culture became a lot more popular Media Japanese people value their automotive culture
The Tuning culture is vey popular
Japan is known for circuit car manufacturing
This is why Japan is the hottest spot for street racing
JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) A new craze that hit North America and other countries
Creates an upraise in purchasing Japanese parts and cars
Makes Japan well know for their automotive
Racing and performance is very important to Japanese automakers
Basically a type of Art and form of expression Automotive cultures Shuto Expressway in Tokyo
Located between Tokyo to Yokohama
Also referred to the “Wangan” Expressway in Tokyo Japan
Became popular due to the “Midnight Club”
Became a hangout spot for motor enthusiast
Mr. Kazuhiko “Smoky” Nagata holds the title of the fastest on this road
The brain and inspiration behind Top Secret Performance Engineering Service
Once a member of the famed Midnight Club
Very popular and perfect to race The place to be
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