Generally speaking, car shows start off with a simple premise. There are shows that have a charity element to them, but more often than not they start off as a car meet. Shukai falls under the latter and has been going down for the past four years in the Japan Town district of San Jose, Calif. But don't think for one second that Shukai takes place just for the hosts to come up on some coin. The intention is to get more people to visit JTown. It's important to point out that Japan Town, San Jose is one of three in the entire country—the other two being in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
If you're not familiar with the Japanese language, then you might also be wondering what on earth "Shukai" even means. It's a very old Japanese term that literally means "meeting" or "gathering." Not many people use the word nowadays, but the last group of people who used it can be traced to the Yakuza. Here in the States, however, you won't find flashing neon Lamborghinis, but rather very solid builds coming from all over the Bay Area. Shukai founder, Cary Inayoshi, says, " The support we got from the community was a lot stronger this year! Roughly 3,000 people came to the event and it took some people up to 30 minutes to find parking."
The really unique thing about Shukai is the award system. The show has no judges, but instead relies on show sponsors to pick the winners. This means that your typical arrogant trophy hunter won't be getting the spotlight. Cary adds, "A lot of the people that don't win at [other] car shows will likely win at Shukai." A perfect example is Masahiro Kanehara and his FC3S RX-7. He supports a lot of the local car shows and does most of his work himself on his car. He's the type of car enthusiast who won't be butt hurt if he doesn't get accepted to a show or take home a trophy. However, at the end of the day, he did get a trophy from our good friends at Speed Element, who saw the dedication and positive nature Masahiro possessed - something the scene really needs.