Every year you look forward to seeing the latest and greatest from Japan's mega events like Tokyo Auto Salon and Osaka Auto Messe, but there are plenty of other events that take place throughout the country that don't get nearly the same amount of attention. One such event is an all-inclusive meet that takes place every year at Sports Land Sugo's M-Park, and 2019 marked its ninth annual gathering.
K Day Chapter 9, like all previous events, is the brainchild of Takeshi Kobayashi, owner of Type K Autosource, who specializes in all things parts related, from brand new OEM parts to importing complete USDM vehicles to Japan—like some of the vehicles on display at K Day. Like Takeshi, many Japanese enthusiasts strive to own parts and vehicles intended for the U.S. market, just like the JDM craze that's long run shoulder-to-shoulder with the rise of import automotive culture in America.
Sift through the photos of any K-Day event, past or present, and you're met with plenty of left-hand drive versions of Honda's most popular models. Though the annual gathering is open to other makes and models, the Honda crowd dominates the event, row after row. Some are kept in pristine, OEM condition, while others feature a mix of Japanese and USDM aftermarket parts not unlike the builds you see Stateside.
For Chapter 9, the event went as smooth as ever, with attendees doing exactly what was asked in order to make for a quick set up. The lines leading into Sports Land Sugo were packed with '90s-era Honda favorites but the number of more modern chassis seems to be growing. Though we weren't in attendance, Takeshi was kind enough to send over a gallery of photos to give you a look at a portion of the Honda community in Japan.
It really doesn't matter what area of the globe you reside, a '90s-era Type R will always remain a special chassis whether almost stock, or completely reworked.
This ITR has been fitted with a catalog of Mugen parts including MF10s, complete aero kit, and even the incredibly pricey vented hood.
A product of his own business, event organizer Takeshi Kobayashi brought out his USDM ITR, which he's owned for years. With only subtle changes, this DC2 will most certainly remain in his stable forever.
Though they all have their merits, this USDM version of the Odyssey crowd at K Day C9 was our favorite, slammed on Regamaster Evo wheels
Whether or not the overland craze will sweep through the rest of the world as aggressively as it has in the U.S. is to be determined, but in the meantime, this early and late model CR-V look to be headed that direction
This Element, sporting authentic Spoon SW388s wrapped in meaty BFGs, is right there as well.
This EF squatted on refinished SSR Type X wasn't the only car sitting just inches off the ground. Many of the participants showed up riding as low as possible.
This CR-X wrapped in a classic Mugen aero kit and wing was another that sat low with its 5-lug conversion and OEM S2000 wheels.
Takeru Tojo arrived with the L2P crew in his Mugen RR Civic Type R, this time sporting Almighty Grey Regamaster Evos and his complete USDM rear conversion.