This Is Tokyo Street Life

Drifting may have evolved into a legitimate form of motorsport complete with corporate backing for high profile teams and drivers, but that doesn’t mean its roots have been forgotten.

In its motherland of Japan, drifting is enjoyed at all levels; from the professional ranks of the D1 Grand Prix, to club-level competitions, to casual open track thrashes. But there are still those who choose to drift in the environment where it all began – on the street under the cover of darkness.

It’s dangerous and highly illegal, but for some, it’s worth the risk. In this brand new short video from Japan-based Speedhunters filmmaker Jeremy Pritchard, we follow a small crew to get a brief look inside the underground world of Tokyo street drifting.

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64 comments
Adriano86
Adriano86

dangerous and beautiful, this is street life.

Ujean
Ujean

"Everything I like is either illegal, immoral, fattening, addictive or expensive" 


Drift on guys, much respect! 

Kamjosi
Kamjosi

Nice short view on the street drift scene. I had the chance to see it with my own eyes when I was there and its pretty cool. I was walking throug the night when suddenly I smelled some smoked tires. Short after I realised that I have found a popular place to drift. ^^

Spent the whole night there.

MomentsBye
MomentsBye

Why Not Do This In The Us?? Are There Established Crews Already Here? I think that is the "stance" im coming from.


ig @momentsbye

CharlesChris15
CharlesChris15

@MomentsBye to answer those questions. Cops in the us will chase you to death, and CAN catch you. Punishments are way over the top, and yes there are crews here in the US. Just to name a few, gravy garage, risky devil, animal style, street dancer, and a TON of others. theres too many to name.

MyLifeAsLouis
MyLifeAsLouis

Please do Wangan & Kanjo street culture too!

Twitch_6
Twitch_6

Dino had more than a couple articles last year covering the goings on at Daikoku Futo, and I remember at least 1 or 2 posts about things going on at Tatsuya PA...there's definitely been Wangan coverage here before.

Not saying I'm opposed to more though :)

ExostallMinou
ExostallMinou

LazerHawk, one of my prefered artist! Not enough popular I think, by the way!
Thanks for the music choice!
ride&enjoy!

EliThanos
EliThanos

Very cool song it has that Kavinsky vibe.

I can't really condemn street racing as long as it is done with some degree of safety. Anybody notice anything from the video....the roads where deserted. No traffic, no pedestrians....just them. If they crash is on them, they know is a calculated risk, street racing is dangerous when it is done recklessly putting other people cars, pedestrians in danger.

Drifting being invented in japan i don't think so. Maybe it was Japan who gave it a name and make it the mainstream it is today but Scandinavians and Finns have been doing it since shit since there was a car in there country. I know a few young teens from Finland that do not race whatsoever cause his dad will kill them if they do lol! but they perfectly know how to drift and control the car sideways super smooth...in Finland is second nature to them.

Very cool video do.

But seriously get a hero pro or a nice phone with a good camera.

MatsNorway
MatsNorway

@EliThanos Night driving can be safer because you will see oncoming traffic by the lights in the forest and so on.

expeditionjojo
expeditionjojo

I agree. As much as racing can be dangerous, I love the feeling of a fast car. There is a time and place for it.

beany
beany

Get Luke Huxham on board.  You have the funding of EA...

JDMism
JDMism

Great stuff... I really want to make/see more underground stuff like this!

Zeafone
Zeafone

Awesome nice little video! You should do more of them!

AS201
AS201

Wait, you mean you can drift without a 1,000HP V8?!


Funny. 90% of Japanese car features/video/car meets are done at night.  You into cars and in Japan, then you will never see the sun again!

LukeEVOVIII
LukeEVOVIII

Awesome video. Nice to have a little insight into the japanese street culture

loaded_horse
loaded_horse

Isn't the dash-cam footage kind of old? I swear I've read those subtitles before.

wlahara
wlahara

I got lucky and got to experience some of this. Headed to Daikoku PA but the cops closed it for the night. Spotted and ended up following a group of cars to a spot where these guys congregated. Good times.
 

(same yellow chaser from the video in the post): https://www.instagram.com/p/tdFSYWOY_h/?taken-by=wlahara

Twitch_6
Twitch_6

Not bad not bad...although, it's kind of like a shorter, drift version of this

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ECxWJm2fT9c

Also, drifting won't die if these kids don't drift lol. It's too big now. Kids in Scandenavia, Eastern Europe, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand will continue to drift, no matter what happens in Japan.

And the Japanese didn't invent drifting, Scandenavians, specifically Swedes and Finns, were the first to drift RWD cars. Japan started tandems and street culture, but not drifting itself.

Paolo Siega
Paolo Siega

@Twitch_6 true that. a big misconception is that drifting was born in JP, while actually is was heavily crafted in Rally racing. 

Suzuccini
Suzuccini

Wrong. I invented drifting when i pulled my rear brake on my huffy too hard...

tarik_tjs
tarik_tjs

Finally… SH is gonna show some videos with similar quality to the photos. The short videos in most features that have been there for a while now @SH are nice, but the quality stays (far) behind the photographic work and writing. I would really like to see you guys do more videos alongside the usually 'photo & writing-stories'… 


As for this one. It is a nice start, but now let's make a 30 min. full docu on these guys… Not only the action, but let the drivers tell their story or put it in greater context. The potential is definitely there ;-) .

CyborgGT
CyborgGT

YouTube "The Chronicles kanjo" and you'll see some similar stuff but much more footage. Seriously illegal and dangerous stuff, but very cool to watch.

CharlesChris15
CharlesChris15

YESSSS love these videos. Its hard to find new oldschool street videos but these will suffice


DopestGTron
DopestGTron

please make a doco DVD whatever it will blow the world up thank you :-)

WonkyDinosaur
WonkyDinosaur

Would be sweet if you could do a feature on some of these cars : D

Joshosaurus
Joshosaurus

That's it?  I sat through 5 minutes of buffering for that?

tommydpo
tommydpo

@Joshosaurus if you sat through 5 minutes of buffering then you have bigger problems lol

Mitchellol
Mitchellol

This is real drifting, not that corporate sponsored bullshit nowadays.

Dimitry Mochkin
Dimitry Mochkin

@Mitchellol That corporate bullshit is safe for spectators and much more safe for drivers. Formula D and Drift All-Stars are actually some really good things to watch. And if you can find streams of D1GP - that too.

Mitchellol
Mitchellol

@Dimitry Mochkin @Mitchellol Maybe they're exiting for you to watch, but to me it's boring seeing 800+ drift cars making perfect run after perfect run with no real danger.

MRCheshire
MRCheshire

Anyone else notice sirens/ lights coming the other way when he's talking about getting caught 2:25? hehe

AsheeM
AsheeM

Really really good but where is the rest of it??

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