Apr 15, 2014

Looks like Muto's excuses fell on deaf ears. What Masaya said is true, though. Only Muto can control what happens in his life. I find that people that make the most excuses, also complain about their life the most. They blame a million things on why they can't do something, and then turn around and every day say something that starts with "I wish..."

Guys when you want something you gotta go for it, end of story. No excuses, just do it. There were a million things that kept me from coming to Japan, but in the end, I just wanted it more than the reasons holding me back. I'd rather be on my deathbed saying "I tried..." than "I wish..."
 Sorry to hit you guys with a heavier than usual message, it's just been weighing on my heart lately.

RPM pt. 24 Coming Next Week!

Apr 8, 2014

So it comes out. Muto doesn't regret his family, but you can tell he's not 100% satisfied with the life he's living.

He really wants to get back into his old life, but he has responsibilities that he has to deal with.

I can honestly say that as an adult, I make a lot more money than I did at 19.But I have a lot more responsibilities that, sadly, eat into my money. So it seems like I have even less. Also, when you are an adult, you have to think...is this baller-ass set of wheels worth draining my bank for now? Or will an emergency come up leaving wishing I still had my money stockpile?

I'll leave you to ponder that. It's 12AM here as I type this, and some of us have to work early in the morning to afford rent....

Sound off with your opinions in the comments below.

RPM pt. 23

Apr 6, 2014

One of the things about Japan, is that they have little pullover areas EVERYWHERE, where you can get drinks or cigs from vending machines. This is the one next to my house. I don't know why, but like a lot of other foreigners, I'm addicted to the idea of using vending machines, even if it's something like a pop machine, which we have back home. I'll try to take pics of some of the more interesting machines I find in the future.

Apr 1, 2014

I can honestly say, I have been in Muto's position before. About to give it all up, and then something comes along and keeps me in the car game.

I won't lie, this week's issue was a little bit hard to translate...

That said, I love doing this for you guys and I really hope you're enjoying it. How about giving me a shout out in the comments below, and let me know how it's going.

Also, I'm sorry the blog has been going a little bit slow lately. I have been busy registering the car and trying to get it ready for the dreaded Shaken.

Mar 31, 2014

I came across this baby while walking to the mall in Hakata. In my opinion, any Subaru after the 03 model just doesn't look so good. I know there are people that are about the tear drop headlights, but for me, it just doesn't do it. Bug eyes is the max. However... my personal favorite is the 22b. In this case we have a GC8, and that will have to do. She sure is a nice one though.

It looks mostly stock, minus some tastefully added stickers, and what could be some light coilover work. The GC8's looked ready to rock from the factory though, and apart from the Evo in the same years, a more ready to race look could not be found from another manufacturer.

Probably the only other thing I would have liked to see on this car are the headlight covers. But that's just nitpicking, now isn't it? Nice job, random Japanese guy.... I approve.

Mar 25, 2014

Maybe Muto is getting more than he bargained for. It appears that while Muto was building a family, Masaya was building up his skills. 

I was just telling my GF the other day that I had gotten so used to the size of the 240SX that I owned in America. Then I didn't drive it for 3 years, and got used to driving a Kei-car over here. Now, the 180SX feels like I'm driving a damn bus. Has anyone ever experienced anything like that? Or am I alone...

Like Muto said... Maybe I just haven't been in sports cars for a while...

Mar 23, 2014

Ahhh, those famous glass smooth streets of Japan. The big 40 means the speed limit is 40KPH, which is an agonizingly slow 25MPH. Yes, their wide open streets have a lower speed limit than my state's school zones. :(

Mar 20, 2014

Time for another Throwback Thursday. Today I'm bringing you some shots from around 2003 again. This time we are in Huntington, WV, at my friend Isaac's garage/shop. These are the only shots I have of this MR2, but maybe when he sees this post, he'll dig up some more for me.

I remember going with him on his test drive in this thing. We bought it off of a kid who had a really nice (at the time) yellow Veilside S2000. He was wanting way less than the book for this. If I remember correctly about half of book value, and he said that the transmission was shot, but it would shift ok if we drove it normally...hard, quick shifts caused it to grind.

I had just replaced the clutch in my del Sol, and the symptoms were exactly the same. I almost guaranteed him that I thought it was a clutch and salve cylinder issue, and he should buy it and spend the 300 or so bucks to get it fixed. He looked up the price of a transmission, and I believe he said it was $1200, which still made this car way less than the book value. He decided to buy.

It ended up being the clutch or slave cylinder, so he saved a lot of money and bought a really nice car on the cheap. He didn't keep it very long before he sold it...at a profit. I don't remember why, but I do remember it wasn't around for too long.

Mar 18, 2014

Muto wants to hate on the SA22C, but he can't help but praise it, even during his critical assessment. It also turns out that Kidoh is into engine swaps. But instead of going all V8, like that guys back home, he went a generation up, trading the 12A in for a 13B. Is there anyone on this blog that's done the same swap? I doubt it, but if there is I'd like to hear your story.

Oh by the way...did you realize this is the 105th page we have translated? If you are new, go back and start from the beginning. If you are not new... go back and read it again anyway. I re-read this whole thing at least once a month. Maybe I'll compile what I have into a PDF and do a give away. If you think that sounds sweet, let me know via comment below, or email me at exite.video.magazine(AT)gmail.com

ORRRRR if you haven't done so already, like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/exitevideomagazine, and let me know what you think there.

Mar 17, 2014

桜 (さくら or sakura) are known to us in the west as cherry blossoms. To me, this is THE season in Japan. Sure, there are lots of festivals in the summer, as well as the major vacation holiday known as golden week, but I don't feel that there is anything magical in that time. I don't see that the Japanese see it either.

But during the time that cherry blossoms start to sprout, there is a magic in the air. Every year there are hit songs written specifically about Sakura, the way we have songs about Christmas and snow.

The top picture was taken at Kashii Jingu in Higashi-ku, Fukuoka.
These next two pictures were taken at Ohori Koen (Ohori Park). They have a famous festival there, every year for sakura. They light them up at night, and it is just gorgeous. If you ever have a chance, I highly recommend it. In my time in Japan, I have seen sakura at both Ueno Koen in Tokyo, and Ohori Koen in Fukuoka. I prefer the latter, actually.
This is Hanami, or picnicking under the sakura trees. During this time, many people usually buy their favorite beverage (usually beer or chu hai for those over 20), favorite snack or meal (bento), and then throw out a blanket to feast. This is a lot like your basic American picnic that is had all over America during the spring and summer.

If you are wondering, the kanji for hanami is 花見. 花, or hana means flower. 見 comes from miru (見る), which means to see. So the literal translation is flower viewing. What better way to view these beautiful flowers, than with your favorite cold one in the company of you family and closest friends?

I'll be taking lots of sakura photos this year. So keep on the lookout for that. If you REALLY don't want to see them, drop a link below.... but I warn you... it's not JDM life if you don't do Japanese things.
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