USDM Jam Ver. 10 Coverage…Part 4…

Happy Monday all, welcome back to The Chronicles where today, we’re gonna be taking a look at the 4th and final installment of Shota Mori’s USDM Jam Ver. 10 coverage. There are just two more parts that follow this one and they will feature the work of Koji Karimata, another Japanese enthusiast who has provided some great images here on the site before. It worked out perfectly that the two of them had photos for me because Karimata was able to capture some of the cars that Mori missed or didn’t photograph. Both of them did a great job of collecting a bunch of images that really told the story of the 10th USDM Jam event but it was cool to see some different cars that I had not seen previously in Mori’s coverage. You guys will understand once I get to the photos themselves so for now, let’s just sit back and enjoy the end of Mori’s USDM Jam trip…

Today will cover the very end of the event and Mori’s drive back home with some of the people from Ujos Society. On his trip back, you’ll also get to see some of the Hondas from “Illegal Sick” as well as “Weekend Playerz” car club. If that’s not enough, Mori also surprises us all by stopping by to meet up with Akebono USDM, a very popular Honda car club from Japan. If you guys are lovers of the EF chassis, then today is your lucky day, because a big chunk of the coverage from Part 4 will document EF builds of all styles. Some you may like, some may be a bit too much, and some are just plain odd but that is the beauty of the import automotive car community worldwide. You just never know what you’re going to encounter and you really get to see the cultural variations between cars, even though these guys in particular are gearing their builds more towards “USDM styling”. I think you guys understand by now and are willing to accept a little bit of the odd more often than not. You may dig it, you may not, but either way, at least you opened your eyes to seeing new things.

If you missed any of the three previous parts, check the links below to catch-up…

USDM Jam Ver. 10 Coverage…Part 1…

USDM Jam Ver. 10 Coverage…Part  2…

USDM Jam Ver. 10 Coverage…Part  3…

Now here is Part 4…

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A group shot of some of the Ujos Society guys, who would be making the trip back home with Shota Mori…
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The Accord looks a little odd with the old school 3-piece Work Equips but props for making the attempt….

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This Ferio however, was kind of interesting with the gold wheels and EK4 SiR front end…

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Tomohiro Nakamura’s clean slammed black EF…

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This Toyota Hilux Surf was looking great on the Volk TE37X…

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Ujos Society in full-effect…

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Both this EF and Mori’s Accord are on old school SSR wheels…

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Another group of Honda guys that were hanging out after the event…

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Shinichi Konno’s EM1-look Civic coupe on Volk TE37SL…

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Really enjoyed the subtlety of this Silvia build…

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Thought this van was prety cool with the glass top and the black Sprint hart CPs….

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Black EG black-faced SSR Professor SP1…

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A lot of the cars from the USDM Jam event actually stayed longer just to hang out…

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Rear shot of Yasuhiro Hashiba’s  Toyota Mark II converted to U.S. Cressida specs and Hiroto Nakamura’s Accord on BBS wheels…

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One more shot of Shota Mori’s personal car before they take off…

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One of the EGs getting trailersed away…

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Back on the road with Ujos Society…

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Mori and friends stopped by a local shopping area to take a break…

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CR-X del Sol that you saw in Parts 2 and 3…

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Accord brotherhood….

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The line-up of cars from Weekend Playerz car club…

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Really clean dark/emerald green DA Integra on BBS wheels…

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The “SakuraF” is hopefully owned by a female, otherwise the “Make Way 4 The WP (Weekend Playerz) Princess!!” decal on the back is gonna REALLY throw people off…Not really my style but I can dig it. Not a bad way of using color accents to make a white car stand-out…

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Another interestingly-modded EF Civic from WP…

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I really like how this EF sedan looks on SSR MKIII….

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As the sun set on their day, we get a glimpse of the “Illegal Sick” EK….

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Customized WRD Chevlon wheels with white faces, gold spiked hardware, and a custom IS (Illegal Sick) center cap to match. Whether you like this style or not, one can surely appreciate the level of detail that goes into each individual build…

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Shakotan problems…. Hope they have some smooth roads on the drive back home…

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The slammed Integra Type R on BBS LM wheels that you saw earlier in the previous USDM Jam 10 posts….

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One more of the Sakura EF from Weekend Playerz…

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Every time I see on the of Hondas from the Weekend Playerz car club, I can’t help but think of the cars from the old Tokyo Street Racer videogame series. Just the colors and the way the cars are presented along with the random quotes on the windows really screams the videogame’s style. It almost makes me appreciate the game more now because I believe they really did a great job of capturing the essence of Japanese car culture…

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A group shot of some of the Ujos Society members before they departed…

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Random capture by Shota Mori of the CR-X del Sol at a gas station stop on the way home…

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The drive back dove deep into the late evening and early morning…

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Mori was even able to capture this photo of the Fuji Mountain during his drive…

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…and what do you do after you see a Japanese icon? Well, you run into another one in the form of an R34 GT-R…

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As part of his journey home, Mori also stopped to hang out with the Akebono USDM guys for a bit. They had all got together to work on their cars and just hang out for the day…

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If you happen to be an EF guy, then you likely have heard of the Akebono guys before. They have a particular fascination with the USDM lifestyle and their cars reflect that. Akebono has become so popular that there are guys in the U.S. now that rep Akebono here. So they are Americans repping a crew that is trying to rep U.S. style in Japan, back here in the U.S. Yes, it is all a little confusing…

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Carefully backing into the driveway with really stretched rubber on those Mugen M7 wheels…

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They were positioning the car in the area because some work was going to be performed on the suspension of this EF…

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EG hatch and Akebono CR-X in the distance…

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This 4-door Integra on refinished Stark wheels was mint…

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I like how there is a Mugen NR10 and MR5 just chillin’ on the window. That wouldn’t really go over too well here in the U.S. Anyways, you can really see the U.S. influence in the way they dress and how their cars are put together. Everything about their life is seemingly inspired by American culture…

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Suspension modifications on the red EF from Akebono USDM…

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Off in another area, you get a closer look at the cream EF hatchback that was inspired by an EF from Northern California. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Woody’s EF. If not, Google it…

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While the inspiration is definitely there, the overall execution is much better than Woody’s EF. The Japanese variation is just way cleaner so it’s hard to say that it is a copy. The color and the low ride height I can see but this is definitely the more refined version of you were to really compare the two. The car even has the “Wild Kardz” and Dumpedstars decals as an homage to Woody’s old EF, which has since been chopped up into pieces and thrown away…

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One of my favorite shots from this set of photos. I think any car enthusiast anywhere in the world can relate to this…

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This EG really makes me think about the earlier years of the Honda community when everyone just dipped around in slammed Hondas with small wheels. Nobody worried about stance or crazy aero back then and your cars weren’t anywhere near perfect. They were just street cars that you could take anywhere. It was just cool to have a slammed Civic with some wheels and the OEM optional fog lights….

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Almost nothing better sometimes than just chillin’ with the homies and doing car shit…

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…and that is a wrap on Shota Mori’s photos. Great thanks go out to him for taking the time to capture his entire trip. I love his perspective on things and I very much appreciate the fact that he takes time to cover everything even though he may be very tired at times from driving back and forth to every event. These events are exactly close to each other so it is a very rare thing for someone to really want to put forth that effort into documenting their journey. That’s why he is one of my favorite photographers worldwide and that’s why you see his stuff here on The Chronicles. Thanks to everyone for looking and I hope you come back tomorrow for a different eye on the USDM Jam Ver. 10 event. Stay tuned…

8 thoughts

  1. The Akebono civic EF’s was a dream come thru for me. Awesome feature, I could stare and read about that red EF all day.

    More on the Akebono cars please.

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  3. “This Ferio however, was kind of interesting with the gold wheels and EK4 SiR front end…”

    Not to be the critic AGAIN, but isn’t that a Civic Ferio with just the EK4 front lip?

    “Thought this van was prety cool with the glass top and the black Sprint hart CPs…”

    That van is COOL…loving the smooth lines.

    “Mori and friends stopped by a local shopping area to take a break…”

    Love these kind of photos…they really capture the vibe of the place.

    “Mori was even able to capture this photo of the Fuji Mountain during his drive…”

    My dad had one years ago, the car that is – an ’86 Accord LX with brown interior and a dashboard cover.

    “They were positioning the car in the area because some work was going to be performed on the suspension of this EF…”

    This shot reminds me why I love my ED7 so much…just look at that profile, no other car quite has it.

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  5. I really like the grey accord, swap the grill and paint the sides of the spokes on the wheels, sweet driver! But i have always been a fan of 3the spoke wheels. Super advan version 2, favorite of all time!

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