“Kday!” Chapter 3 Japan Coverage….Part 5 of 5…

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Well…this is it, the fifth and final portion of the 2013 “Kday!” event. It’s been an amazing experience being able to see some of the top USDM-styled builds in Japan and I can honestly say that I’m very impressed by what they are doing over there and their builds seem to get better every year. Many have strayed from the more generic “USDM style” like bike racks, sticker-bombing, and ridiculous stance and have taken the route of building more streamlined, functional cars. I think that they are really starting to get a better understanding of the type of cars that we really enjoy and how less is really more. We’ve taken their original Japanese style and made it our own and in turn, they have taken what we have done and made it their own. Things have really come full circle but it is always great to see people put a little twist on things and really make their cars stand-out. Many of these cars are probably instantly recognizable to you now even though they are all the way on the other side of the World. When you create a build with quality parts and great execution, it doesn’t really matter where you are from. Not only does your car stand the tests of time, it also eliminates geographical barriers…

Congratulations once again to Takeshi Kobayashi on another successful event. Kday looks to be getting bigger and better annually and I sure hope to make it out there next year. I’d like to see some of these cars for myself and to meet some of the owners behind them. Shota Mori has done in incredible job as always and I’m happy that we could all see the event through his eyes and also to catch a glimpse of what Sendai looks like. Matsushima is a beautiful place and it totally makes sense that it is considered one of the three top attractions to see when it comes to great scenery. A huge thanks to Mori-san for making this coverage possible and to all the Japanese enthusiasts for sharing all the different parts of this series on their social media outlets. I appreciate them helping me continue to spread The Chronicles throughout Japan. It’s great to know that I have loyal supporters from a country that I’ve always looked to for automotive inspiration…

This is Part 5 of 5 but if you missed any of the previous 4 posts, here are the links so you can catch up…

“Kday!” Chapter 3 Japan Coverage….Part 1…

“Kday!” Chapter 3 Japan Coverage….Part 2…

“Kday!” Chapter 3 Japan Coverage….Part 3…

“Kday!” Chapter 3 Japan Coverage….Part 4…

And here is the conclusion…

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One final look at the Team Madame crew before they took off…

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It’s hard to tell but towards the end of the event, there was a bit of rain that came down but really had no effect on the event…

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Interesting side-exit exhaust on this EK hatchback…

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This EG was actually pretty cool and was built by a Japanese tuning shop known as “Skill-S”. I saw photos of it from someone else’s photos with more detailed shots and I’ll try to get those up later on…

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Yasutaka Shimomukai taking off in his S2000 as show attendees looked on…

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Keisuke Morita followed closely in his Scion FR-S…

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Masashi Kameoka and Yuka Azuma in his EF9….

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Toshiyuki Yanagi looks like he can barely see over the steering wheel in his ITR…

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Yuji Yoshida’s EK9. Wish we could have seen more photos of his build…

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A glimpse of Kouji Matuzaka’s Voltex rear diffuser as he drives off…

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Accord Euro Wagon from REALIZE that we didn’t see prior photos of until this point…

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Really liked how this LHD USDM Honda Element S/C looked on the Work Meister S1s….

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Yuma Saito’s Nissan 180SX on gold Panasport wheels…

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One of my favorite builds of 2013, Teru Ito’s H22-swapped RA3 Honda Odyssey on Mag Blue TE37s….

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Boosted Honda Odyssey sitting on R32 Skyline wheels…

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Chang Nakajima’s EK4 Ferio….

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A duo of Accords from Ujos Society…

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Tonpe Nakamura’s EF3 Civic leaving the venue…

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The Kday staff all smiles as the day came to a close…

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EP3 Civic on Volk Racing RE30s that you were introduced to in Part 4 of our Kday coverage…

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The owner also took off soon after…

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Masahiko Shoji’s LHD Scion xB with JDM Toyota Rumion badges seated on Desmond Regamaster EVOs…

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Wataru Oseki’s USDM Honda Element on Advan Racing wheels and AP Racing big brakes…

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Tetsuya Yamaguchi tore down his booth and loaded his VW Bora build back onto his flatbed trailer that has also been converted to U.S. specifications…

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Shota captured this Integra cruising through the lot after the event cleared-out…

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DA Integra with a DC2 ITR front lip on Mugen M7s…

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The black Ferio on Regas and white CTR on Work RSZ-Rs that you guys saw plenty of in the previous posts…

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A trio of Hondas that we didn’t get to see a whole lot of; a black Integra with 98-01 front end on Mugen MF8s, green CRX del Sol on white Mugen RNRs, and a female-owned BB6 Prelude…

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Ryuuji Aida and Task Ogihara throwing up the “Shaka” sign as they paired up for some photos…

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Ogihara’s EF is one of the more notable EF builds from Japan’s USDM culture being that he is one of the rare few who still have original GAB Sport wheels. He also has the long spiked lug nuts from Downstar Inc. that you don’t see very often either…

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The “Best of Kday” winner saying his goodbyes to fellow enthusiasts as he began to start his journey home…

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He also stopped to say his farewells to good friend Shota Mori…

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His buddy with the Zenki S14 Silvia on Nismo LMGT4s followed…

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A pair of left-hand drive Civic coupes….

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You’ll notice that a couple of the builds at Kday have the temporary license plates on them with the red stripe across. Some of these aren’t registered vehicles in Japan and only get temporary passes to go to events…

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A couple more of Shinichiro Sugawara’s BB4 Prelude with First Molding front lip since we rarely get to see good photos of his Prelude on the web…

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Couldn’t go without re-visiting some of the Akebono USDM Hondas…. this is Mokkun’s tan EF of Kosei wheels…

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Ryosuke Takahasi’s two-toned EF on Garson Deep Racing Ryuji…

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I can never get enough photos of Satoshi Aizawa’s Mugen CR-X Pro.2. Like Hasegawa’s Mugen ITR, Aizawa’s is another great example of how to build a catalog-perfect Honda…

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Here’s Kentaro Unuma striking a hover pose next to Hasegawa’s Mugen Integra Type R and Hideo Shingu’s ’97-spec ITR. Don’t know how many of you noticed but Shingu has Dunlop Formula Hart CP-Rs on one side and Sprint Hart CP-Rs on the other…

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Three from the Accord family of Ujos Society…

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One more of Tonpe’s EF3 on Work Equip 01…

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…and one more of Morimichi Kato’s EF on SSR MKIII…

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After it got dark it was time for Mori-san to head out to grab some dinner with friends. Here is Azuma Naoki’s Inspire on the Expressway…

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Dinner time with friends…no better way to close out a great event than to extend the festivities by enjoying a good meal with good people…

Well, that’s a wrap folks. Thanks so much for looking at Parts 1-5 of the 2013 Kday! Coverage….

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