The Car Lovers Guide to Japan! Part One, Non Car Stuff to Do in Tokyo and The Nissan Crossing Part 1

Shibuya has many foot traffic only back alleyways packed with bars, shops and places to eat, many varieties of food and drink are here. The shops are pretty eclectic and you can find just about anything that floats your boat.

Shibuya has a lot of izakaya restaurants which are places that locals go to eat a bunch of tasty small dishes ala carte and drink alcohol.  It’s a fun way to eat a large variety of Japanese food and drink with friends that is fairly inexpensive.

Of course, it would not be Japan if there were no pachinko parlors and there are a lot of them in Shibuya.  Christa had no idea what a pachinko parlor was so I had to take her to one.  I said its sorta like Vegas but kids can do it too.  Personally for myself, I like the Shibuya area to hang out at.

Some public service safety notifications.  Apparently you are happy when you fall to your death by gruesomely getting run over by a train.  I think the drunk salaryman trying to get home might be what this is about.   It’s a reminder to hit the train emergency stop button if you see something like this.  Person vs train accidents are pretty common and they are announced over the PA system.  We heard at least one every day.


  1. Kind of confused by the exhaust situation on that concept car, It clearly has side exhausts, plus a big center exhaust at the back, you said it also has a blown diffuser.

    I’m gonna guess that center exhaust at the back is fake, and the “blown diffuser” is the side vortexes from the front exhaust that seal up the diffuser from coanda effect losses.

    If this ever goes to any kind of production they would probably move the side exhausts to that big rear exhaust so that you don’t gas yourself at every stoplight. They could bypass to the sidepipes at higher speeds.

  2. Mike, as a suspension guru, do you have any experience with removing some of the anti-dive geometry a the front to help weight transfer during braking.

    I know it’s not feasible on a low car like that concept car but I know it’s a normal mod for gravel/dirt/snow rally cars.

    Is it a concept that translates to road cars at all or is the grip of a tarmac surface enough that it would negate any gains from that weight transfer.

    1. Thanks, dive and squat are much less talked about than other parts of suspension setup and some cases are still a mystery to me like FWD drag cars.

      Your “Ultimate Guide To Suspension and Handling” was one of the first things I read when I was just starting to work in cars. It mentions dive and squat in that it makes excessive body roll worse “…The driver feels this as a car that is twitchy and unstable at the limit. Dive and squat when combined with roll can make all of these issues worse.”

      Even Herb Adams’s awesome “Chassis Engineering” mentions anti-dive only when talking about how its undesirable for the effect it has on caster. But it does go in depth about anti-squat (those live axle boys sure love anti-squat).

  3. Many years ago I took one of my friends to Manhattan. We planned on eating in China Town (Ajisen ramen the best) But he wanted to go to this mall under the Manhattan bridge.
    Apparently you could get the software to play foreign market DVDs and ps1 games (that’s how long ago it was)
    Well the mall was nice. But in the bottom bottom story of the mall (in a dark corner) they sold things like those figurines. It was a little creepy. But I did find a Star Blazers model. And Gundam figures. So the creepy had a plus.
    I remember he bought about $500 worth of Anime.

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