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Scene: USDM Jam 9.0—Mie Prefecture, Japan

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Joey Lee
Sep 11, 2012
Photographer: Tetsuya Ogushi
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Sstp 1209 01+usdm jam 9 japan+cover Photo 1/12   |   Scene: USDM Jam 9.0—Mie Prefecture, Japan

It is truly a remarkable thing to see how much our vast automotive community has changed throughout the years. Once upon a time, enthusiasts from all over the world looked exclusively to Japan for inspiration. The three letters J-D-M had a strangle hold on the rest of the world and everybody wanted to have what the Japanese had. In Japan however, a small group of people began taking notice of what America had to offer and developed a liking of American or “USDM” style. These Japanese car enthusiasts then implemented American car culture into their builds and USDM-themed cars developed into its own group. To meet the needs of the growing USDM-scene in Japan, Tetsuya Yamaguchi created an event known as “USDM Jam”. This event would cater to American-car culture fanatics and gave Japanese enthusiasts a place to display their interpretations of the USDM style. Now in its ninth year, Yamaguchi’s event has become recognized worldwide.

Sstp 1209 06+usdm jam 9 japan+bike rack Photo 2/12   |   Scene: USDM Jam 9.0—Mie Prefecture, Japan

USDM Jam 9.0 played host to over 780 vehicles, ranging from lightly-modified USDM-themed builds to full-on American domestic market conversions with left-hand drive swaps and all. Even stock, untouched, vehicles like American-made Chevrolet Avalanche trucks were on-hand—just because USDM is cool in Japan. USDM Jam has to be seen to be believed because over here, we can’t even fathom the idea of converting a legit JDM EK9 Civic Type R to OEM US Civic DX specifications. It is basically a total opposite of what we strive to do here in America. The USDM Jam series has expanded so much throughout its nine-year run that this event was over capacity. Yamaguchi informs us that they have outgrown their current location in Mie Prefecture and are in the process of looking for a larger venue for next year’s event. Check out usdmjam.com for more info (Japanese language required).

Sstp 1209 03+usdm jam 9 japan+cressida Photo 3/12   |   This 1JZ-swapped Cressida dumped on Rotiforms was one of our favorites.
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