Nihon Nights: Discover Japan’s Custom Supercar Culture

Japan can seem like a magical, make-believe dream world, filled with all the automotive gems and treasures that your wildest dreams might conjure up. The New Zealand drift racer known as Mad Mike has made a documentary in cooperation with RedBull about the Japanese capital’s extraordinary after-dark modified auto scene.

Mad Mike interviews several legends of the custon car scene in Tokyo. The first one of them ist Wataru Kato of Liberty Walk. He’s a pioneer in building custom body kits for Japanese, American and European vehicles. Charismatic and ecclectic, Kato is the perfect spokesperson for his company, and his low and wide show cars are a breathtaking mixture of his past rebellion and present boldness.

Hisashi Ushida, better known as Cholo, started his well known lowrider shop over a decade ago. He focuses strictly on lowriders and his specialty is intricate lowrider style paint and pinstriping.

When he turns up, traffic seems to stand still on busy Ginza. Because Shinichi Morohoshi is a star in Tokyo. Even if many are afraid of him and his tuned cars. With his motto “It’s good to be bad,” he has become the secret king of the night in Tokyo. He is notorious for driving the most outlandish Lambos in the world.

And no visit to the japane tuned car scene would be complete without the dekotora. The land of the rising sun has probably produced one of the craziest trucker subcultures ever. The trucks, with their neon-colored, ultra-violet lights, colorful airbrush art, and shiny chrome, seem to come straight out of a two-star Las Vegas casino, including the elaborate chandeliers and velvety upholstery.