Airbags

Regardless of the worldwide shock over defective air packs created by Takata Corp., a critical number of holders of autos subject to review in Japan are apparently unconcerned, bringing about almost 1 million vehicles still unrepaired. Albeit numerous managers called the merchant to have their air sacks repaired when the embarrassment was broadly reported in ahead of schedule December, the quantity of contacts essentially dropped in January. As of the end of last year, an expected 150 autos that are under the review stayed unrepaired by the dealership. Telephone quantities of the managers of these autos remain basically obscure, as a number of the purchasers purchased the vehicles through different dealerships and sellers in distant areas.

 

Airbags

As per the vehicle service, 30%of the 3 million autos outfitted with the Takata air packs, very nearly a million, in Japan delivered since 5 years ago stayed unrepaired as of the end of January. As to latest reviews, 50% of the assessed 140,000 vehicles that were reviewed in November stayed unserviced as of the end of January, alongside 60% of an extra 440,000 autos added to the review list in December. With an alternate passing brought on by a Takata air sack in the United States happening in January, the service further informed automakers to continue pushing forward with their reviews. To date, there have been five passings overall faulted for flawed Takata air sacks, which have been demonstrated to have broken inflators that can blast and shoot out metal shards on effect.

 

Airbags

Individuals may not be partner themselves with the peril in light of the fact that the deadly mischances in regards to the air sacks have just happened abroad. Some Japanese autos are prevalent with expats living in Japan for their cheapness and solidness. Such vehicles are here and there passed down to acquaintances without exchanging the enrollment, making it troublesome for us to contact the current clients of the autos.

 

Images from:  Scorpion Auto Tech and Wikipedia

Drifting 101 (part 2)

This is the second part of our mini-guide on how to become a drifting beast. 

 

What to Bring:

In the event that you have it, bring a pop up sanctuary for shade and some tie straps/ rope to secure it. It can get breezy at the course so please verify your tent doesn’t make a go at taking off. A couple of collapsing seats is additionally great so you can rest between sessions. Likewise bring a little set of apparatuses for dealing with your auto, a jack, extra tires/ wheels, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Generally the essential obliged clothing for drivers and travelers are cap, long jeans, secured shoes, and a shirt that covers the shoulders, yet twofold check with the occasion coordinators at the drifting occasion you’re taking an interest into make certain.

In the wake of bringing those things to the track, likewise verify that you take every one of them out of your auto before you begin drifting. Detached things in a vehicle lodge can be extremely hazardous so verify a companion is viewing your stuff back in your pit range.

Go to the Drivers’ Meeting:

At most drifting occasions a driver’s gathering is held first thing in the morning. The gathering is important to get new drivers arranged with the track and occasion method. Verify you go to and give careful consideration. Regardless of the fact that you’re not driving, you ought to go to this gathering only for your own particular individual information.

Ask Questions:

You’ll have the capacity to tell who the more developed drivers are by simply keeping your eyes open. In the event that you require any guidance about drifting or the occasion setup/ group, simply ask. Be that as it may, don’t squander their time with off-subject inquiries like how they began, what sort of nourishment they like to consume, or what sort of paint they have on their auto. Those sort of inquiries detract from driving time and can get irritating before long. Perhaps you can escape with those inquiries in case you’re a hot import model or something, yet not in case you’re a 15 year old “fan-boy.”

 

Study the Track:

Not simply the genuine roadway on which you’ll be drifting upon, however take in the format of the whole Motorsports Center itself. Find the onlooker regions and in addition the driver pit zones and attempt to get a general ability to know east from west in the office. Watch alternate drivers and staff and get a feel for the mood of movement at the Drift Session or whatever other drifting occasion you happen to be going to.

images from ej8.co.uk and r32taka

Drifting 101 (part 1)

So lets just say that you woke up one morning and you and you feel like drifting. This guide is will help you with save time and making the best out of your drifting gatherings.( Take note that one would need a lot of practice to be able to perfect the art of drifting.)

The Real History of Drifting Started With The Hakosuko

The historical backdrop of drifting  as we know it today goes route once again to the 1960’s to the slowing down streets of Japan. In those days a gathering of racers called the Rolling Zoku hustled on the twisty mountain streets of Japan.

Arrive before the actual arranged time:

The doors to any drifting occasion generally open at an early hour  in the day. In the event that you arrive before the actual arranged time, chances are you can maintain a strategic distance from the line to get into the track and you’ll additionally get first pick of your pit territory in the raceway. Arriving sooner than required additionally permits you to setup and prep your vehicle in a comfortable manner. I don’t think about you, however hurrying to setup your vehicle while your companions are as of now driving isn’t fun; so set up your pit zone early.

Bring Exact Change:

You need to help the entrance line at the fundamental entryway move speedier? Here’s a couple of things you can do to help with the procedure: Pre-register and prepay for any drifting events, yet in the event that that is unrealistic, give the door staff accurate change to cover your section expense and your travelers. In case you’re driving additionally verify that you and any of your group sign all essential security waivers immediately.

Tire Use:

Contingent upon the amount of time you’ll be using drifting, you’ll have to apportion your tires as needs be. Huge numbers of our more exceptional drivers buy 1 – 2 new sets of tires for each one drifting lapping occasion. Another set (with an extra match or back tires) is pretty much enough for them to run conservatively throughout the day and after that drive home subsequently. For novice drivers you ought to bring no less than 1 sets of extra back edges and tires. Catching utilized tires from discard receptacles is alright when you’re first beginning, yet not suggested on the grounds that you’ll be investing so much time changing tires and getting used to distinctive tires, you won’t be focusing on your drifting.

images from raikoudriftingtires

 

Vision Gran Turismo Winner

Honda Vezel

Honda Vezel

Kazunori Yamauchi

 

News of something huge in the car making industry has finally hit our shores. With the latest news of the new car design Subaru is building for the Vision Gran Turismo’ concept cars, it has caused quite a stir among car enthusiasts, and let us admit we were at one or more times giddy inside just thinking about this. If you have been hiding under all your model toy cars all this time enjoying the simple life then it must be time for a little recap of what has been happening around. Well this epic story starts as Kazunori Yamauchi, the founder of Vision GT, announced and calling all of the world’s car makers to build him a car that he will be using in the Gran Turismo 6. With this huge honor you can just imagine so many car builders and designers scrambling their way into a state of brainstorm and long periods of work. And yes Subaru has been one of those contenders and by golly was it a huge race and a race that consists of so many phenomenal car concepts. Oh also if you are wondering, other car makers who have signed up for this huge honor include BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Aston Martin’s space ship (yes I am not kidding a space ship he did design – look it up). Subaru’s winning design concept whoever was the one who took home the name of being the car making company that would be seen in the Gran Turismo 6. With the design of Subaru being a design that had been also influenced by the VIZIV 2 concept, it is at first thought something that looks like it had come from the future. The new concept car has been built using carbon and weighs 1380 kilograms alongside many other cool features that would put many sports cars into the Jurassic period. The much awaited concept car is something you can buy (but get on to it quickly) or something even better – you can win it by completing a lap in the game of the Subaru Seasonal Event.

Subaru Vision

 

 

image from jalopnik.com

image from autoblog.com

 

Japanese Cars vs European Cars

The Japanese and the European are perhaps the best car manufacturers in the world. They are not limited to their own respective countries or region but they expand worldwide, making their car brand very popular and sought after. If you are planning to buy a car soon and you’re torn between a European car and a Japanese car, then this article is perfect for you!

Choosing the better one between a Japanese car and a European made car is not an easy task to do. Actually, no one can really prove which one is better. It always depends on the preference of the user, as well as the requirements needed.

The first thing you need to do before opting for either a Japanese or a European car is to decide on what your preference is. Do you want a luxury car? Do you want a sporty car? Or do you want a mix of both? You should also ponder on whether you will be opting for the top of the line, the middle class, or the most budget car available.

Next, you should consider your budget. Almost everyone dreams of a luxury car such as a Mercedes Benz or a BMW. But sometimes, we can only afford a cheaper one like a Toyota or a Honda. Some will also prefer a luxury car that is Japanese made such as a Lexus or an Acura. Again, it all depends on you since you will be the one using it. This is only a guide that will help you decide, not manipulate you.

BMW is a European Car

BMW is a European Car

 

Performance

Consumer Reports does extensive testing on almost every new make and model vehicle that is released or manufactured every year. Much of this testing involves how a vehicle handles and performs on a wide variety of road conditions and in different scenarios. In recent years, Consumer Reports testing has revealed that European manufacturers make some of the best handling and performing vehicles available. Audi, BMW, and Mercedes Benz are the most recommended.

Reliability

On the other end of the spectrum is how reliable a vehicle this. While European vehicles certainly usually offer more in terms of acceleration, handling, performance and steering – they often fall short in terms of reliability of the mark set by Japanese made vehicles. Japanese manufacturers like Honda and Toyota are almost legendary for creating some of the most reliable vehicles on the road.

Reliable car manufacturing is not exclusive to Honda and Toyota. Fellow Japanese car manufacturers Isuzu, Nissan and Mazda also manufacture highly rated vehicles in terms of reliability.

Nissan Skyline is a Japanese car that is expensive

Nissan Skyline is a Japanese car that is expensive

American cars can also be considered. Mostly are muscle cars that were made famous by popular American actor Vin Diesel in the movie series Fast and Furious. Unfortunately, American cars are well behind European and Japanese cars. This is not an effect of the American economy nor the issue on US Comfort Women.

In my opinion, it is just that performance, reliability and cost are the most important things to consider when buying a car. And unfortunately, American made cars rarely go on top of these categories.

Image from Jalopink

 

 

Taking the motorcycle in Japan

There are a lot of choices for transportation when you are in Japan. There is the well known bullet train, the bicycle which is very common in Japan, the motorcycle, the ferry, the bus, private or service taxis, and many other transportation alternatives. For the adventurous ones though renting a motorcycle should be in your list. Not only do you get to places faster, your convenient ability to go through traffic, and not to mention that rush of excitement, a motorcycle must be taken into consideration. Although we must also take into account that safety is also a part of the things one has to think through. Not to mention your skills in manoeuvring a motorcycle around the fast cities of Japan and being able to read a map efficiently.  Knowing how to ride a bicycle will be of great help to you. But for those that already know how to ride bicycles then you are in for a treat. Riding motorcycles around Japan will not only cut down your costs, give you more convenience, but also think of the places you would not get to see if you took other transportation alternatives.  The little alleys you might to pass by on, the great weather on your skin, the places tourists neglect but are actually worth going to. In short, the little things count too and taking a motorcycle is an answer to all that.

Scooter

Scooter

image from factsanddetails.com

Not just yet though, because before getting your hands on a motorcycle and excitedly hop onto one. There are things you have to know about taking the fast lane around Japan. One is that you can use your international license in Japan. Second is that safety gear is mandatory. Third is that you are responsible for your vehicle so parking them just about anywhere is not advised upon.And lastly, you will have to be familiar with the traffic rule of Japan. These are just the basics of what you need to know. Further research will be of great help for more details and not to mention limitless amounts of fun for travellers to Japan.

Couple riding a motorcycle

Couple riding a motorcycle

image from advrider.com

https://www.npa.go.jp/annai/license_renewal/english.pdf

 

 

Travelling by air in Tokyo

One of the nicest and very much the busiest airports (second to Beijing) in asia includes the Japan International Airport. Tokyo being the most populate metropolis in the world due to its alluring travel destination, it is no wonder people from all over the world would want to come see Japan. Tokyo International Airport is Tokyo’s main airport and is also known as the Haneda Airport. Haneda has an extensive list of domestic routes that could go from island to island in Japan. Prices are worth the comfort, the safety, and even the unparalleled service industry of Japan. Speaking of prices, like most airlines, buying tickets would be cheaper. In Haneda Airline’s case it is a 10 percent cheaper air fare than buying two different tickets back and forth. Incentives are given to senior citizens in the airlines in Japan.

Hareda Airport Terminal 2

Haneda Airport Terminal 2

 

Some concept designs though are being considered now and steadily implemented onto the Haneda International Airport. One is that the traveler’s terminal incorporates the second-floor landing room and the third-floor takeoff campaign, so the station is outfitted with a ticket entryway concourse on the second-floor entry level and stages and ticket doors on the third-floor flight level.

Travelers going to the worldwide terminal from the downtown area will discover the universal traveler terminal’s takeoff campaign on the same floor as the stage they get off at, making the outing from the ticket door to the weigh in counter in one and only moment. There are no stairs, so even those with substantial stuff will have a simpler time.

Aside from that, travelers landing from abroad can go from the global traveler terminal’s second-floor entry hall to the ticket door on the same floor. Climbing one and only floor, they will touch base at the stage where they will need to hold up just 3-5 minutes between trains. A quick way around the area plus the train of the airport itself brings you closer to the city. Something not all airlines in the world can afford and is of great convenience and time saving benefit that I am so thankful for.

 

Chubu Centrair Airport

Chubu Centrair Airport

image from airport-data.com

 

http://www.world-airport-codes.com/japan/tokyo-haneda-international-9348.html

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/transport/getting-around#ixzz3HEHa64cV

Taking the ferry in Japan

Ferry at Kobe Harbor

Ferry at Kobe Harbor

image from flickr.com

 

Japan is well known for its top of the line transportation resources. The discipline and systematic approach of the operators are as you already know unquestionable. In fact recently there was news of a train in Japan was late one time (a once in a blue moon sort of thing) and every passenger was personally apologized to and given an excuse slip (or what they call train delay certificates/電車遅延証明書 – also read as denshachienshoumeisho) for the passengers to show their employers or teachers of why they were late. Come to think of it that is something you would almost never see anywhere in the world but in Japan. With all the hype about Japan’s superior trains whoever, people, and of course the tourists, think less or not even thought of Japan’s ferry transportations. Japan is after all a country consisting of islands and going from one place to another does not only rely on trains. Japan also has an intricate transportation on its waters – which is the ferry transportation. Taking the ferry would mean you have to know their schedules and such for the reason that it is not like the train where it comes every few minutes. Usually if you are getting the regular tickets then you would find that it would actually be cheaper than the land transportation counterpart – the train. And if you could (If the route you will be taking is available through taking the ferry), then it would be better to take the ferry – you can even choose to bring your bicycle or car along if you could get on, that means the price then would vary. Plus the train would be too crowded since everyone (even tourists) would be taking it through out the day and worse you would not want to be caught dead during the rush hours. Although I do not mean taking the ferry would mean smooth sailing (lol get it? Smooth sailing?) but it would certainly be a good alternative to taking the train added that you might catch some scenic views and have a picture or two as a memorabilia of taking the ferry of Japan. Now is that something or what?

 

Ferry

Ferry

image from blog.hinomaple.com

http://www.realestate-tokyo.com/news/train-delay-certificate/

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/transport/getting-around

 

 

What Type of car suits you?

What type of car suits you?

There are a lot of cars out there that caters to different needs of people. For one, cars have been around for so long that we do not even think twice on why there are different kinds of them. This article though will be something of an information giver and will set you out for the type of car that suits you. The cars discussed in this article would be the types that are common so I apologize in advance for the guests who came to read about exotic types of cars.

One thing you will be reading about though and will actually notice is that many of the car types in this article are from a Japanese brand. That is because many of the largest automakers in the world are from Japan so there is really no other way of getting around it. There will be five types of cars we will be tackling in this article; subcompact cars, compact cars, mid size cars, and the full size cars.

So car type number 1 – Subcompact Cars, this would be for you if you are more into cars that are smaller than compact cars. They are bigger than a micro car and take is snug when two people are in it. Subcompact cars are shorter and lighter than normal cars and are perfect for people who live in an urban setting. Smaller cars are easier to navigate through busy streets and best of all they save you a lot of money instead of it going to gas. Examples are Honda Fit, Mazda 2, Chevy Spark

Car type number 2 – Compact Cars, or what can also be considered the family car. From the name itself (Family Car) you can tell this means enough space for a few people. These cars are good for a comfortable trip and like the subcompact car; this car can save you money on gas. Examples are Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Cadillac ATS

Car type number 3 – Mid Size Cars, this type of car can also be considered a family car, I think these cars are for bigger families or families with a lot of baggage. Sometimes these cars are even used as a group transportation vehicle. Examples are Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata

Car Type number 4 – Full Size Cars – These are cars that are comfortable for 5 to 6 passengers plus there’s usually a trunk for baggage. This car is for you if you have a lot of people in one vehicle to save gas and/or have quite a few number of friends. Examples are Hyundai Genesis, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, Dodge Charger

 

Biking in Japan

Wonder what it is like riding a bicycle around Japan? Well it is actually much more fun than people usually think. The same rules you have in your country when riding bicycles does not necessarily mean the same set of rules apply when riding a bicycle in Japan. In fact, here are the different sets of rules you can learn, apply, and not apply. Let us begin.

First thing you need to have is a bicycle (of course), a bell ringer (Ding! Ding!), and good old fashioned common sense.

In Japan most of the sidewalks can be biked on. No, I am not kidding you. In fact, people in Japan are so used to this that hearing the sound Ding! Ding! Automatically creates a pathway for you in a sidewalk of people. If you would not believe me, then you must have not seen this video à https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7oGk-ozhKI titled “Trolling people with a bike bell”, this is one of those funny videos out there plus it has an amazingly nice piece of information you realize on while watching it.

 

abikejap

The actual rule is actually this; children under 12 can ride their bicycles on sidewalks. For the adults whoever they stay on the road unless the road poses any danger of causing accidents. You may have guessed it already but people do not really follow these rules and ride on the sidewalks anyway. I think it has been going on for so long that people are actually unaware there are rules like these. Interesting right?

How about taking the train after you biked there? Well in this case you might have to park your bike outside specially when it is rush hour. If you have to bring your bicycle along, try to make it a folding bicycle so people would not have to suffer so much for your stubbornness.

Another interesting thing about being in Japan and riding your bicycle is that parking for your bicycle is practically everywhere. The place to put your bicycle is so abundant that it is unlikely to not have a place to lock your bicycle onto. And speaking of locking your bicycle, people in Japan usually do not need to since nobody really cares; if you are unlucky whoever and your bicycle was stolen by a bicycle thief then man, you are one of the rare victims of having a missing bicycle due to a crime.