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Shizuoka Hobby Show '15

Twin Messe Shizuoka - Shizuoka, Japan

May 2, 2016
Photographer: Colin Waki

One year ago, our Japan correspondent Colin Waki stepped into a whole new world that we had no idea existed. He entered the Shizuoka Hobby Show... At this show, you won't find any dope cars or hot girls. Instead, what you will find are plastic models, die-cast cars, radio-controlled vehicles, planes, tanks, boats, Gundam, anime, and everything else you can think of—in model form! Imagine if there were a Tokyo Auto Salon for hobby fans—this would be it.

The Shizuoka region is the hobby capital of Japan. This particular convention is also four days long (two days open to buyers/media, two days open to the public) and has been thriving since '59. If you're down to check out some of the coolest nerd shit known to man, mark your calendars for mid-May and make your way over to Shizuoka!

Shizuoka hobby show 2015 liberty walk kenmeri skyline model Photo 2/19   |   Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015 Liberty Walk Kenmeri Skyline Model

Oh, a familiar car—the Liberty Walk Kenmeri Skyline we featured in May '15.

Shizuoka hobby show 2015 rwb porsche model Photo 3/19   |   Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015 Rwb Porsche Model

Some of our favorite modified rides in model form, such as this RWB Porsche.

Shizuoka hobby show 2015 ssr model wheels Photo 4/19   |   Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015 Ssr Model Wheels

Whether it's bikes or cars, most of these models are customizable. Here are some nice SSR wheel options.

Shizuoka hobby show 2015 rally lancia model Photo 5/19   |   Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015 Rally Lancia Model

The attention to detail is literally insane with this rally Lancia sliding through the dirt.

Shizuoka hobby show 2015 back to the future diorama Photo 6/19   |   Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015 Back To The Future Diorama

"Where we're going, we don't need roads."

Shizuoka hobby show 2015 model engine bay Photo 7/19   |   Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015 Model Engine Bay

How do they make this engine bay so perfect?!

Shizuoka hobby show 2015 skyline model kit Photo 8/19   |   Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015 Skyline Model Kit

Early stages of a Skyline being pieced together.

Shizuoka hobby show 2015 model car Photo 9/19   |   Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015 Model Car

From the Illest seats to the Takata harnesses, LS swap, rollcage, and more... the craftsmanship is ridiculous!

Shizuoka hobby show 2015 star wars figures Photo 10/19   |   Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015 Star Wars Figures

Geeking out to Star Wars is OK in Shizuoka!

Japan Must Try

Shizuoka hobby show 2015 okonomiyaki Photo 11/19   |   Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015 Okonomiyaki

An Osaka staple. It's a bit heavy, but the cake that's served on your table is quite delicious. It's basically wheat flour that's dissolved in water, then added to yams and cabbage before you can either choose a meat or seafood to go with it.

Shizuoka hobby show 2015 tokyo banana Photo 12/19   |   Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015 Tokyo Banana

Tokyo Banana
Before you hop on that flight back to the states, hit the airport store and buy yourself some Tokyo Bananas. You'll make everyone back home incredibly happy.

Shizuoka hobby show 2015 model cars Photo 16/19   |   Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015 Model Cars


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