• Dec 1, 2010

Translogic goes to Japan! – Click above to watch video after the jump

Our in-company pals at Translogic decided it was time to add a new stamp to their passports. They gathered up their video equipment and hopped on a plane. Destination: Japan!

Bradley Hasemeyer and the Translogic team descended upon the Asian island nation to film a multi-part adventure, exploring different facets of the unique culture. First up on the agenda is the subject of modification. Hasemeyer kicks his trip off by checking out a group of folks who love tricking out their scooters. The mods add up quickly and the 250cc "Big Scooters" are fitted with everything from neon lighting to full air suspension setups.

Moving on from the new-school world of scooter modding, Translogic examines the more classic Kaido Racer scene. This very unique styling endeavor gets its inspiration from the old-school FIA Group 5 racing league that included such legendary cars as the Porsche 917, Ferrari 512 and the Ford GT40 Mk 1. Now, the Japanese have obviously taken serious liberties in their own four-wheeled homages, but the result is a style that is nothing if not distinct.

After scaling up from scooters to cars, Hasemeyer gets even bigger and shifts his focus to the van modding world. Starting with such a large canvas, the Japanese van culture goes absolutely crazy and transform their vans into creations that defy explanation. You'll have to hop the jump and watch the video to see the owners explain their obsessions.


[Source: AOL Autos Translogic]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Do 250cc scooters really only put out less than 5lb-ft of torque??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those modded cars and bikes are wacky indeed, but not as commonplace as the video may imply. I have lived in Japan for over three years and can count on one hand how many times I've seen any cars or bikes modified to that extent. The modding community, from what I've observed, usually doesn't go much further than a lowering job, large diameter aftermarket wheels and some crazy lighting effects. That said, the crazy Gundam-looking big-rigs are fairly commonplace. I can't help but smile every time I see on on the road.

      On a side note, it's worth mentioning that most heavy modding (especially involving the scooters) is associated with groups that the Japanese call "yankees." These are generally working and lower-middle class youngsters who pride themselves on standing out in Japan's strict homogenous culture and take any opportunity they can to go against the social status quo. A lot of them like to take the mufflers off of their scooters so they are loud as hell and ride through residential neighborhoods at night. It's annoying as hell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those modded cars remind me of the Imports on Disney's Cars! Funny thing, Cars 2 is coming out and they are in Japan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is why i love Japan.
      There is no end to the weirdness that comes out of that country!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      For those that don't understand this type of stuff, then just remember that video from yesterday where that bearded guy made a V24 diesel engine with like 50 blowers.
      Yeah, it's that same kind of craziness, but Teriyaki-flavored.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the homogeneous nature of Japanese culture has anything to do with their tendency to go overboard on vehicle mods. (There don't seem to be as many socially acceptable ways to stand out in Japan as there are in the West).

      Leaving sociology aside...some of those mods are beyond outlandish, but you have to admire the creativity. :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well just a cursory observation, but it looks to me like these people have a friendly relationship with hallucinogens.

        Also, their laws regarding colored lights on vehicles aren't neerly as restrictive as in the states.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey look! It's Wingo from Cars. I wonder how often they scrape coming out of parking lots and going over speed bumps?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Totally bizarre!
      • 4 Years Ago
      31k....on a scooter?

      Between that and the kaido racers, I will never complain about donks again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Different strokes... a lot of it's not my taste, but I love Japanese culture.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was hoping to see some import tuners.
        Carlos
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have to agree, that van had me rolling in laughter, I cannot believe how insane that thing is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Me too .. JDM !
        • 4 Years Ago
        a trip to japan is on my wishlist!

        but some of the mods where done very ppor for such outstanding amount of money.
        i think it could have been done better.
        like those bare headlights o the purple car.


        but than again, i loved seeing it.

      • 4 Years Ago
      btw Daikoku is in Yokohama, not Shibuya.
      they're, say, 30-40km apart, which is somewhat far by Tokyo standards.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bo-zuku!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        you mean "bosozoku"(暴走族)
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