Posted by: Darrell | September 17, 2008

Cars of Japan: An Introduction

Nissan GTR

Nissan GTR

Many people are aware of the successful Japanese automakers; however, the Japanese imports into Canada greatly differ from the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM). The car culture here is quite contrary to popular belief, but all the same; strikingly divergent and unique from North American standards. There are no spontaneous street races or mountain drifting. However, look and you will find highly tuned specimens of Japanese sports cars.

This is part 1 in a series of posts outlining the car culture in Japan. There are many aspects which I will delve into including JDM tuned cars, VIP styling, K-Cars, and the not-so-family Vans. The market of automobiles is largely dominated by domestic companies with a production variety maybe 3 or 4 times greater than that exported to other countries. Most of the ‘luxury’ brands of the Japanese automakers (Infinity, Acura etc.), except for Lexus, are de-luxurized and rebranded as their parent holdings companies (Nissan, Honda etc.). There also exists a special group of cars called the K-Cars which is very unique to Japan in their existence. I will try my best to outline the interesting parts of the market, but for now enjoy some of the pictures I have managed to snap.

Nissan Silvia S15

Nissan Silvia S15

A tuning shop near Haruna Mountian

A tuning shop near Haruna Mountian

A slammed van in Tokyo

A slammed van in Tokyo



  1. UGLY wing on the S15

    i shake my head at JDM

  2. […] No, not really. It was more like Ben and I driving to Haruna Mountain in his Honda Fit. However, Haruna-san is the real life mountain that is known more famously as Akina Mountain in Initial D. The mountain pass is very winding and we did encounter the hairpins; however, I doubt anyone could really race there as the roads are so narrow with the constant threat of oncoming traffic, and no shoulders to protect you from falling off the mountain. On the way to Haruna-san, I did find some Skylines and Silvias in the streets. Be on the lookout for my post on the Cars of Japan. […]

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