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!
Oh, a familiar car—the Liberty Walk Kenmeri Skyline we featured in May '15.
Some of our favorite modified rides in model form, such as this RWB Porsche.
Whether it's bikes or cars, most of these models are customizable. Here are some nice SSR wheel options.
The attention to detail is literally insane with this rally Lancia sliding through the dirt.
"Where we're going, we don't need roads."
How do they make this engine bay so perfect?!
Early stages of a Skyline being pieced together.
From the Illest seats to the Takata harnesses, LS swap, rollcage, and more... the craftsmanship is ridiculous!
Geeking out to Star Wars is OK in Shizuoka!
Japan Must Try
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.
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.