Japan Does California: Cal Flavor 2012

Hello Speedhunters! This is Hiroaki “KAGE” Kageyama from The KAGE BLOG in Tokyo, Japan. I would like to share with you guys some coverage from an event which called CalFlavor which was held at Aichi’s Chubu International Airport on October 21st.

The concept of CalFlavor is to capture the feel of an American style car show in Japan. The cars at participating in this event include many Rods, Kustoms, and Lowriders as well as Minitrucks, USDM style cars, air-cooled VWs, and more. In total, there were over 500 cars that came out. Of that group I’d like to share a few highlights.

SPEEDHUNTERSファンの皆様、はじめまして。日本の東京でThe KAGE-BLOGというブログを書いているHiroaki”KAGE”Kageyamaと申します。今回は10/21に愛知県の中部国際空港で行われ た、CalFlavorカーショウのレポートをお届けします。

このCalFlavorのコンセプトは、「アメリカのカーショーの雰囲気を再現すること」です。エントリーの対象はROD&KUSTOM LOWRIDERを主体に、 MINITRUCK USDMから空冷VWまで多岐に渡り、500台以上のエントリーを集めました。その中からごく一部ですが紹介させて頂きます。

The Sunday of the show brought sunny skies, a perfect temperature and a great location to top it off.

日曜日。快晴の天気に快適な気温、最高のロケーション。

The venue at the airport is large so there was plenty of space between the cars. People spent a lot of time preparing their machines for the event.

そして広い会場にゆとりのあるディスプレイ。セットアップにも自然と力が入ります。

Central Japan is largely known for its hardcore Kustom style, and that tradition could be seen at this event.

日本の中部地方は、もともとハードなKUSTOMスタイルが主流でしたが、その伝統に忠実なショーになりました。

There were colorful local cars that came out…

地元からの色とりどりな参加車両に加えて、

…as well as manywhich came from Tokyo, some 300 kilometers away.

はるばる300km離れた東京からの参加もあり、ショーに花を添えます。

Here’s a Shoebox Ford that’s been heavily altered from its factory lines.

シューボックスはノーマルのパーテーションラインを残さず・・・

This heavily chopped ’63 Impala is a good example of Central Japan’s signature Kustom style.

スマートな’63インパラをさらに押しつぶすのも、中部ならではのスタイルです。

The Hot Rod participants included everything from traditional style to hard kustom jobs.

ホットロッドもトラディショナルスタイルからハードKUSTOMまで

If it has airbags, it’s gotta be good!

エアバッグだってもちろんGOOD!

When it comes to Lowriders, there were extravagantly painted Bombs, which are another symbol of Central Japan car style…

またローライダーでは,中部地方を象徴するゴージャスなペイントを施したBOMBはもちろん、

…as well as a variety of street style hoppers.

ストリートスタイルなホッパーまで、さまざまな車両を見ることができました。

Of course the show would not be complete without pin-ups!

もちろんピンナップガールもあり。

Whether they were professional or amateur, it was busy day for photographers.

カメラマンはプロ・アマチュア問わず大忙しな1日でした。

If you are a Speedhunters reader you must know that the USDM scene in Japan is really big lately.

SPEEDHUNTERSファンなら、日本のUSDMシーンが非常に活発なのはご存知でしょう。

There were right hand drive models customized in USDM style…

右ハンドルをベースにUSDMを追求する人もあり・・・

…as well as customized examples of imported left-drive USDM cars.

左ハンドルUSDMを輸入して楽しむ人もあり。

You could also see a few slammed Japanese classics in the mix.

旧車でグランドスラムを狙ったっていいし、

It’s always important to think outside the box.

自由な発想だってとても大事です。

There were so many different people demonstrating their own takes on “US Style” applied to many different vehicles.

ベースも方向性もさまざまな、”USスタイル”の模索が続いています。

While there are so many different forms of US custom style in Japan today, it’s Minitrucks that represent one of Japan’s earliest forms of this movement.

そんな日本において、かつて最初に”北米仕様化”を熱心に追求し始めたのはMINI TRUCKER達でした。

Today Japanese enthusiasts are always researching the latest in American custom trends trying to build their machines to a higher level.

今でもアメリカのシーンに対する敏感さ、クオリティに対する意識の高さにおいて、レベルの高い車両を生み出し続けています。

The US custom scene in Japan is driven by the enthusiasm of young people and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

比較的若い年齢層が中心となり、その情熱と勢いが衰えることは無いでしょう。

Like Minitrucks, air-cooled VWs in Japan have long been influenced by the American scene.

また空冷VWも、MINI TRUCKと並んで古くからアメリカの影響をとても強く受けています。

Traditional Cal Look VWs have been popular in Japan for a long time, but recently the heavily customized and slammed style is becoming bigger and bigger among the younger generation.

かつて全盛を誇ったCal Lookの流行から、若いファンを中心によりハードなカスタム・より低い車高を追求するスタイルもメジャーになっています。

For this genre of VWs, a maximum slammed stance is always the key.

“車高調整無し”へのこだわりがひときわ強いジャンルでもあります。

Even with cars from so many different makes and eras, the event was dominated by a shared feeling of admiration and appreciation for pure American custom style.

広い会場にメーカーも年式もさまざまな車両たち。しかし会場には”ピュアなアメリカンカスタムへの憧れと情熱”が、すばらしい統一感を与えていました。

The event was organized by Shimizu-san of The LOCAL HERO and this is the first time he has ever attempted such an event. He was on the move throughout the day.

主催者の”The LOCAL HERO”シミズさんは、自身初めてのショー開催。会場中を駆け回るとても忙しい1日を過ごしていました。

All of his hard work resulted in the show being a huge success.

しかし彼の努力は、ショーの大成功という形で実を結びました。

If you ever have the chance, please come to Cal Flavor and enjoy Japan’s rich custom scene.  Arigatou Gozaimashita.

機会があればぜひこのショーを訪れて、日本のカスタムシーンの幅広さ、華やかさ、楽しさを味わって下さい。

- Hiroaki Kageyama 影山 裕晃

The KAGE BLOG


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22 comments
Corey K
Corey K

Dayumm! The Japanese build old school customs as well (if not better than) we do!

AlfonsoAlcala
AlfonsoAlcala

Crazy, didnt know there was Japanese cholos... One for my people :)

SVT_Bryan
SVT_Bryan

Excellent coverage Kageyama-san.  Very cool looking event, many sweet cars.   Let's have some desktops!!

MattAtDoyle
MattAtDoyle

On the picture with the primer Karmann Ghia, what is the car in front of it? Looks almost like a Corvair.

Curlytop
Curlytop

Please desktop the last shot that's just pure sex!

Censport
Censport

Really enjoy seeing the Japanese interpretation of American customization. Their interpretation of the pin-up is pretty nice too! I attended the Mooneyes show on Odaiba when I was in Japan last month, and enjoyed it very much despite the heavy rain. On a future trip, I will have to attend a Cal Flavor event. 影山さん、ありがとうございました。

Luka024
Luka024

That... Cressida... Fuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhh..........

BlackJacket
BlackJacket

wallpaper of the brown and tan, 5 window 

ding0tr0n
ding0tr0n

spotlight/feature on 'viejitos' and that vw pair!  so fresh and so clean (clean)!

Fernando Fotografia
Fernando Fotografia

Do not have much to write only register that is phenomenal. Congratulations to the entire team of photographers and Speedhunters.

Dshu
Dshu

Very nice article, this event proves that cars are a universal language spoken around the world. Every part of the world has its own flavor, accent, and will borrow from other parts to make a new style all on its own. I like seeing events like this where everyone is unique and not trying too hard to fit in with a certain crowd, just an appreciation of cars in general.

jzx81
jzx81

  Corvette's and Mustang's I have seen in Japan, so it is surprising and cool to see Monte Carlo's also.

as
as

Haha its pretty cool how we all take inspiration from each other and form this global automotive culture! Something special.

777
777

Japan does everything better, and I know i'll say it again

D1RGE
D1RGE

That last shot deserves to be on a wall. Jaw-dropping.

greenroadster
greenroadster

Really cool cars! In USA, in Japan is even cooler! Also nice double subtitles :)

Censport
Censport

 @MattAtDoyle It does look a little like a 1960-1964 Corvair coupe from that angle. But it's actually a "Type 34" VW Karmann Ghia.


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