Asanoshima FF 2021 Coverage…


Sometimes cool things just end-up in my inbox, what can I say? I was just hanging out in my office one day during a random weekend and I get a message from Yasu. He tells me that he’s heading to Fuji Speedway but he doesn’t really know why other than the fact that he’s going to support Masa from X-Point because he has a booth at some event that was being hosted there. I was like “what event?” and he responded by saying “I don’t know”. And then I said “then why are you going?”. This is usually how our conversations go. I should mention that Fuji Speedway is about a 5-hour drive from his shop so I assumed it must have been important. He reiterated that he didn’t know what the fuck was going on or why he was going but Masa had a booth. He told me that there was an event called “Asanoshima FF” going on but he’s never actually heard of it before and didn’t know what type of cars were going to be there.

Then he asked me if I wanted photos from the event. And well, I’m stuck in the U.S. because the Japanese border is closed so why not? I’ve been itching to see what is happening in Japan currently as I haven’t been there in so long that I feel pretty out of touch. I was hoping to go back this coming month but things haven’t been going too fantastic over there so the border remains closed. I’m not gonna turn down car content from Japan so obviously I said an emphatic “yes”. I didn’t actually think he’d take photos because sometimes he doesn’t, but a few days later, these popped-up in my inbox. I went through them, resized them, processed, them, and here they are now.

Is there anything I can tell you about the event? No not really, lol. Yasu just told me that there were some cool cars there and some shitty ones. I don’t know what else to tell you. The photos are nice though and as it turns out, there were some pretty nice builds there. I’m glad he drove five hours to shoot these for me. Thanks Yasu!

Enjoy!!

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Yoshiki’s DC5 Integra, built by Masa from X-Point to reflect a more USDM theme. Guys like Yoshiki are all about the USDM style over there so he actually chose a Type-S base to build the car from because it had a sunroof. Weird right? With the sunroof and all, he still wanted the car to be very much a “Type R” spec build so he acquired a K20A Type R engine and transmission as well as converting the suspension components over to true ITR spec…

The exterior features some Mugen aero pieces and Desmond Regamaster EVO II wheels to further resemble what a DC5 build would look like here in North America…

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The K20A Type R set-up as previously mentioned, installed by Masa from X-Point after the engine bay was shaved and cleaned-up…

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The swap features a host of very U.S.-dedicated parts from various companies like Hybrid Racing, Skunk2, and Rywire. You can also see the bright red beauty washers and hardware from Downstar Inc…

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The DC5 remains right-hand drive of course, as left-hand conversions aren’t really a thing there, but in the center you can spot a Hybrid Racing shifter and a Chronicles Year10 Anniversary knob…

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EK4 Civic hatchback with what looks to be some pretty wide front fenders housing a set of 16-inch Regamaster EVOs…

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A U.S.-imported EM1 Civic SI coupe likely on air suspension planted to the floor on Chevlon Racing wheels…

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Here’s a very period-correct look on a PS13 Silvia coupe on Advan AVS Model 6 wheels with some deep-hubs…

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Norifumi Kobayashi’s award-winning Accord Tourer which has been converted to full USDM Acura TSX Wagon specifications, down to the OEM Acura glass throughout…

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The engine bay of the now-TSX Wagon has been carefully redone from the ground-up, now fully smoothed-out and all unnecessary items deleted…

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The K24 powerplant features a polished valve cover and matching polished supercharger…

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One of the best Honda offerings available in Japan is Masafumi Eto’s DB2 Integra GS-R which was imported from the U.S. before being thoroughly rebuilt and restored…

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The factory B17A engine remains but the guts of it have been upgraded with TODA Racing components. The valve cover is a billet Frontline Fabrications piece, the header is also from the famed TODA catalog, and the radiator is a smaller tucked core from Rywire. Plumbing for coolant lines and fuel are from XRP and the ignition has been modernized with a coil-on-plug set-up…

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From this angle we can see the polished Super Flow Trumpets on the Kinsler individual throttle bodies. Overall, just an incredibly well-built Integra and one of the best in the world…

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Tsuyoshi Inoue’s EG6 Civic running a Sergeant front bumper paired with a carbon fiber Tactical Art front lip, Osaka JDM mirrors, and Volk TE37V SL wheels…

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Car Shop NK Spirit’s Y32 Cima…

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USDM ED Civic sedan bagged and sitting on polished American Racing Equipment 214 wheels…

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Custom green-painted DA Integra on WRD Chevlon Racing wheels…

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Another USDM ED Civic sedan from Southside Auto Customs bagged on some custom rebarreled OEM Honda wheels…

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Southside Auto Customs Civic Shuttle with their Sweeper front lip and rear wing. The hood is a carbon fiber piece and even the wheel faces have been overlayed in carbon to suit the overall theme of the build…

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Koga’s DC2 Integra from Secret Base Niigata…

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A closer look at the FrontLine forged FLS01 wheels and Exceed by Mode Parfume front aero lip…

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Rio Yellow AP2 S2000 bagged on 3-piece K-Break Hybreed Fivesta wheels…

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Mikachi’s EJ1 Civic coupe from Secret Base Niigata on Frontline forged wheels…

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Single cam motor set-up under the hood of the EJ1 still retaining A/C and all…

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Shota’s EG6 Civic running the popular Exceed by Mode Parfume front lip and Chevlon Racing wheels…

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Kazushi Sato’s USDM EH2 Civic also wearing the Exceed front lip…

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Yuta from Secret Base’s EK9 Civic Type R on Frontline FLD03 wheels also rocking the Exceed by Mode Parfume front lip…

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Neko Inu’s red EK9 CTR which pairs nicely with the other Secret Base EK9 parked directly next to it…

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Pretty cool to see so many Exceed front lips floating around in Japan right now. Even cooler is that all these cars are from the same crew and they all have builds that are similarly-themed…

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It’s always nice to see a CD Accord at any event these days, this one looking really solid with some SSR Professor MS1 wheels and Recaro seats…

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When Japanese car enthusiasts are committed to being low and on static suspension, they really REALLY commit to it, as evidenced by this Toyota Celsior…

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Yasu actually sent me videos of this Y33 Cima rolling into the event that day. Not only did it look crazy with color-matched Impul Presi wheels, like the Celsior, it was also riding at this height on just coilovers…

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It’s so low that the Cima can’t even have an exhaust anymore and looks perpetually glued to the floor…

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Through the back passenger window you can see where the fuel tank resides now with the filler neck mounted next to the rear door panel…

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ND MX-5 roadster on concave-face Work Emotion CR2P wheels…

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Black FC1 Civic on Enkei Racing NT03RR…

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The most random thing captured by Yasu that day was this incredible immaculate Pontiac Trans Am…

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A LHD Datsun 510 with BRE “Spook” front lip and Enkei RPF1 wheels..

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Not to be outdone by the Trans Am was this lowered two-tone Chevrolet Beauville van…

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Ever seen a CR-X with an EF9 front end conversion? What an interesting, yet subtle, front end swap…

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Integra Type R fully-adorned with a Spoon Sports livery running a Spoon front lip, PCI sides and 17×9.5 Desmond Regamaster EVO II wheels…

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FD2 Civic Type R running the complete Mugen aero package…

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Super rare to spot a 10th generation Civic SI in Japan being that they’re only available as a North American import. This one even had air suspension and Volk CE28 wheels…

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I’m not gonna lie, I honestly had no idea what this was at first. I had to Google it before I figured out that this was a Toyota Corolla, which is weird because I seemingly only date and fail at relationships with women who drive these things. This one looks nice though, unlike how I currently feel inside, lol… Is this even a Corolla? I don’t even know. Is a Scorpio woman going to emerge so I can disappoint her? Probably…

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Negitezza’s EF9 Civic hatchback on some Enkei RPF1 wheels. I actually spotted this build on Twitter some time ago and photos of it really caught my eye. I don’t have photos of the interior but it’s actually all purple inside, even the cage. You can see a hint of it in the N-Style seats peeking out by the window…

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Ryota Makino’s Nissan 180SX Type-X looking great as always on bronze Volk TEs…

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You guys have probably already seen this EG6 on my Instagram feed but this is actually one of my current favorites in Japan right now. You may have seen Yanagi’s Civic before on the web as it wears a very identifiable, yet subtle, Itasha graphic on its driver-side fender…

If you’re wondering what front lip it is, well…I’d also like to know. We could probably just ask him as I had planned to if I could attend this year’s Wekfest Japan event but unfortunately, the border is still closed to foreign visitors…

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Inside the shaved bay is actually a B16B Civic Type R engine filled with TODA Racing goodies, a tucked radiator, Rywire engine harness, and a green valve cover with matching distributor cap, which is a nice detail touch…

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A glimpse at the TODA Racing cam gears and timing belt…

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The interior of Yanagi’s EG6 is well-executed with just a single Bride seat, OMP steering wheel, IRP shifter and a classic APEX’i Power FC unit mounted on the dash…

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Candy red Honda Integra running BBS wheels…

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Rare Mugen front lip on this Honda Integra paired with an aggressive vented hood and Volk TEs…

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One of my favorite photos from this event that Yasu captured was Ino’s Honda Integra Type R sitting nicely on Work Meister CR01 wheels while wearing an Exceed by Mode Parfume front lip…

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This AP2 S2000 was nice and simple sitting on SSR Professor SP3…

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Shun Saito from Level One Japan’s beautifully-assembled Kouki S14 Silvia. He actually drives the hell out of this thing and regularly does drifting events with it!…

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EP3 Civic with a rarely-seen Buddy Club aero kit and Volk Racing GT-C wheels with gold faces…

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Shiba’s EP3 running what looks to be an Air Walker front lip and Volk RE30 wheels…

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Bagged AP1 S2000 on BBS wheels…

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Caged EK9 Civic Type R sitting aggressively on Barramundi Design forged wheels…

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Have you guys ever heard of a “3Q Cars” front bumper for an EP3 Civic? Well, now you have!…

After the event Yasu decided to go get some fancy rolling shots of the X-Point DC5 because the areas surrounding the famed Fuji Speedway are quite scenic. I know Yasu hasn’t shot many photos in a while but some of these came out great!…

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Gotta roll hoodless of course because I don’t think they actually brought a hood for the Integra but the photos came out sick nonetheless…

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When they came back from shooting some rollers, Yasu spotted Eto’s DB2 with the hood back on and ready to leave…

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And then they took Masa’s S2000 out for some photos since this area is so incredible-looking….

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Yayo didn’t do shit as usual and just sat in the car on her phone after working the event all day…

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Seeing shots like this really makes me miss being in Japan right about now since I could really use a getaway right about now…

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Glad Yasu took advantage of the opportunity however and got some nice photos out of it! Thanks for looking everyone!!…

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4 comments

  1. Many do not understand, but Yasu’s level of dedication is more than honorable.

    Out of his personal hustle and bustle building cars and keeping shop, he’s somehow able to have time for other people.

    It’s not often he shares his work on the site, but its always a pleasure to be able experience the small sights of Osaka and Japan from this man.

    Biggest thank you from around the world!

    We have Stickydiljoe from L.A.

    then…….

    we have Stickyasu from Osaka!

    😀

  2. Awesome stuff and yes that’s a corolla got a few of them in my country its basically a corolla with a different front and rear.. the rear if actually very Kool

  3. Good stuff as always Joey, thanks to Yasu for sharing this event, some nice cars indeed.

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