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

There are also shops specializing in diecast cars.  They have a dazzling array of high-quality replicas of just about every production and race car ever built!  I was going to get this Primera which is a perfect replica of the Calsonic JTCC car for Martin to get inspiration for his Project G20 race car.   It cost $300 bucks so back it went and Martin got a picture instead.

Overall if you like Otaku stuff like me or you want to just get a taste of modern Japanese pop culture and the oddness of it, at least to us foreigners.  Akihabara is a must go to and you can easily spend a whole day there.


Shinjuku is known as the City of Lights and if you want to see the classic Tokyo at night look, this is the place to go to see the cities mega neon lights.  There are hundreds of places to eat, theaters, karaoke  joints, bars, and stores so there is plenty to see and do here.

You can see some of the lights here on your typical Shinjuku street.

To get a great night view of Tokyo, I highly suggest going to the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.  There is an observatory on the top with an awesome view.  Best of all its free to go up there!


  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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