Kday C8! Japan Coverage… Part 1…

Once upon a time, some 365 days ago, my good friend Takeshi Kobayashi’s annual event, Kday!, happened. You’re only seeing the photos surface now here on The Chronicles a year later because I am a complete asshole and just never found time to post them up. There was a time around January right before I left for Japan this year when I had everything all set-up to post, I just needed to add text and then, well…Japan happened. And then Japan happened again, and again, and one more time. And by the time I was back in California and not traveling overseas, it was March and the annual Wekfest Tour had already started. It just seemed like an odd time to post the photos up during the middle of the year. I didn’t want to wedge them in-between my other posts because they would just get lost in the mix…

I feel bad because I always ask Shota Mori to get content for me when I’m not in Japan and then I never even use his photos. He even asked me a couple times when I was going to use these photos, if ever, and I just never could give him a solid answer. His work is SOOOOO good and his editing has come such a long way that he is one of the very few photographers that I will spotlight here on The Chronicles. As many of you may have come to understand by now, I prefer to be a one-man show and only like to use content if I created it. I have had some guest photographers in the past but I honestly enjoy the process of doing things myself and want the site to have a consistent flow and “look” to it. One of the exceptions is Shota Mori. He’s a diehard Honda guy through and through and sees his fair share of really cool stuff. I’ve always been a huge fan of his work and I was glad he jumped ship to provide content for me some years ago…

If you’re wondering why you’re seeing these photos now, it’s because the annual Kday! event is happening this weekend. Hopefully Shota Mori will be kind enough to provide me with content from this year’s iteration of Takeshi’s Kday! event, but if not, well…at least we have these to look at. The beauty of this event and the cars that he covers from this event is that they have a very timeless quality to them. Almost as if this event is frozen in time. That’s the great thing about classic Honda builds. They just never seem to go out of style. Even though these photos are a year late, you wouldn’t even know it because these cars are that good…

Enjoy…

Kday! C8 from September 2018

Photos by Shota Mori

Words by StickyDilJoe

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If you’re talking about a truly “classic” look, perhaps there is no better example than Seiya Suzuki’s Mugen-themed DC2 Integra Type R. In 2019, he’s switched over to 17-inch Mugen MF10s, which also looks great, and you can’t really go wrong with either. It’s all up to preference…

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The Killa Built Integra with 98-spec USDM face conversion is another really solid build from Japan, featuring a P1 front lip/spliter and First Molding x ICB vented hood…

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Kenta Wada’s Civic from Secret Base with a very USDM-look utilizing some Top1 aero add-ons…

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You gotta do whatever it takes sometimes to make sure those decals are lined-up correctly on the back window…

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Touma Kaga’s EF9 Civic SiR on a set of white Mugen MF10L…

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One of the reasons why Shota Mori always gets great coverage is because he hangs out with the guys from Lowered2Perfection Japan, a popular car club from the Kantō region with some of the cleanest Hondas you’ll ever find…

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You certainly won’t find a lack of Mugen goods on any of the cars from L2P…

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Kaga’s EF9 and Suzuki’s DC2R…

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Matching yellow Recaro seats inside Suzuki’s Phoenix Yellow R…

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JDM DC2 ITR Mugen face and USDM 98-01 Integra face…

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If you’re wondering why the Integra has a hole that has been covered under the side mirrors, it’s because this Integra once had a set of S2000 Spoon mirrors mounted to the doors. I wonder why he got rid of them being that it was actually a really good look…

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I wonder if this is a real EK9 CTR or if it just uses EK9 body pieces and 5-lug, but whichever the case may be, it’s geared towards a more “USDM” style with the full repaint, TEs and First Molding front lip…

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AE86 Trueno on BBS wheels running what looks to be USDM bumpers..

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Takuya Miyashita’s Wonder Civic always has some really cool stuff on it that no one of this generation has ever seen or heard of before…

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For Kday! C8, he brought his Civic out on a set of customized “zero lip” third generation OEM SI Civic wheels…

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A USDM imported RA Odyssey on the way to the Sports Land Sugo Park for Kday!…

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Kentaro Unuma’s EG9 Civic went through a fresh repaint and restoration thanks to renowned Honda builder Kazu Imai. The Civic is meant to look like a Civic DX sedan modified in North America…

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Tomohiro Sudo with a warm greeting as he drove-up in his USDM Civic Wagon from Southsiiiiide Auto Custom…

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Hideo Shingu seemed pleased with the result of Kazu Imai’s hard work…

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Takeshi Kobayashi’s USDM Acura Integra Type R parked at his booth…

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Satoshi Aizawa’s two-toned CR-X SI on Mugen M7…

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The Integras making their way into the venue…

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A USDM EH2 Civic hatchback which has been floating around in Japan for quite some years now. I believe this one was worked on by Skill-S, a shop that once worked closely with Spoon Sports…

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Always nice to see Hasback being represented well in Japan…

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Touma Kaga and his EF9…

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Masaki Fukuda’s EG6 from L2P always has a different look considering his massive collection of aftermarket and OEM parts. For Kday! C8, he ran his Sergeant front bumper and Spoon Sports SW388 wheels…

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Mits from L2P’s EJ Civic DX Coupe with First Molding Flugel Plate and TWS Forged wheels…

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Great shot by Mori during the early morning sunrise…

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Civic Wagon lookin’ pretty good slammed on Mugen MR5 wheels…

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If anyone is wondering what wheels are on Ken’s EK, they are Frontline FLS-01 wheels…

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Spoon Sports brought out their new FK8 Civic Type R demo car…

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Had to rub my eyes and make sure I wasn’t looking at a photo from the ’90s with this period-perfect Jasper Green DA Integra on old Volk Racing CV-Pro…

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Makoto Kikuchi’s 6-speed manual swapped and turbocharged Mazda MPV…

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Teru Ito’s legendary H22A powered RA3 Honda Odyssey build…

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I really don’t know how these guys are able to have their Odysseys this low, considering mine rode like complete ass on coilovers…

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Speaking of my Odyssey, this incredible example of how my Odyssey should have looked like popped-up and I was so incredibly honored that someone would even attempt this look. This was my RA3’s exact set-up when the car was in its prime except this one looks way better. The only difference is the sizing of the Weds TC05 wheels, the seats, and mine has an exhaust leak, lol…

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Crazy to see so many LHD USDM Odysseys over there. Is this Japan or Whittier, California?…

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If this isn’t the sickest Nissan Prairie you’ve ever seen, then—actually, you probably have no idea what I am ever talking about because you’ve never seen a Prairie before. What we knew as the Nissan Stanza Wagon stateside was the Prairie over there and this one is probably the only one that looks this cool because I’m pretty confident in saying that these things were never popular tuning platforms anywhere…

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A couple cars from UPSTART car club featuring a full-Mugen Civic coupe…

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The Spoon Sports FD2 Civic is now back here in California but prior to its return, it popped-up at the Kday! C8 event…

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Imported USDM FG2 Civic SI coupe equipped with a Kraftwerks supercharger…

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Hidetugu Isimoto’s CL9 TSX from LEVEL ONE Japan…

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Milano Red Civic SI-inspired Coupe on bronze Mugen MF10…

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Mori always making the guys from Akebono USDM look good…

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A couple of van enthusiasts talking vans with their vans, some of them possibly even wearing Vans…

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The early morning moisture and dew made it difficult to move the center-drive FD2 Civic to its designated spot…

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So cool to see this thing all over the world and back now again in Southern California…

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I love Teru Ito’s Odyssey on TEs with the Mugen aero kit but this Aero Spirit OEM look also looked great on AME Tracer TM02 wheels…

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Kday! is much like my event where it is heavily-populated with Honda builds but also very welcoming to other vehicles like this 180SX Type-X…

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Miyashita’s E-AT Civic with his nifty (and probably very rare) Lonza taillight covers…

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Honda Prelude looking great on BMD forged wheels, Kaminari sides, and an Aero Magic front lip…

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It seems like no car event is complete these days without a random E30 popping-up and someone thinking to themselves “Oh wow, that’s a sick E30”…lol. You know it’s true too…

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CL7 Accord looking super hard tucking SSR Professor wheels…

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Shunichi Satou’s EP3 Civic Type R with the “ATS 24K” California license plate which came off of Wekfest Kenneth Li’s old gold EP3 build. Crazy story how Satou ended-up with the plate as he had no connection to the actual ownership of Ken’s old car. If I remember correctly, he bought this plate online off an auction site. What are the odds?…

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Love how this red EK looks with the Zenki front face and Spoon Sports carbon lip. Nice meaty Toyo R888 tire set-up too wrapping around those black 15-inch TEs…

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Another of Shun Satou’s EP3 sitting on black Volk SE37K…

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I was just discussing the other day on Instagram how much I like the 96-98 face with the Spoon lip and how I’d likely choose it over the 99-00 “Kouki”. This is a GREAT example of why…

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Speaking of which, he’s a Kouki hatchback in white complete with black moldings, door handles, and mirrors to replicate a USDM DX-model…

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DC5 owners in Japan love taking their Integras and making them look like USDM RSX models…

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USDM 98-01 face also on this black Integra but with factory Type R aero and Mugen MF10. Definitely looks like a modded Integra you would see in the States…

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We still have much more to come as Kday! C9 rolls around this weekend, but we part here for now with a photo of this slammed red CD Accord coupe on silver Mugen MF8 wheels. Thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!…

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