How are you, Super Street readers? How many of you are interested in Japan? I bet lots of you are interested in Japanese cars, culture and girls. My name is Kenta Ogawara, and let me introduce a piece of my life, so that you can get a hint of how life is in Tokyo. I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Los Angeles, CA when I was 18 years old. While I was attending CSUF, majoring in business, I got into drifting and started managing top drifting teams like Team Orange and Nobushige Kumakubo (2006 D1GP Champion).
I am into cars, fashion, music and street culture. For me, those things are all connected together, so I wear automobile-inspired apparel like Fiberops, Commune, Neighborhood and Quench, and I listen to Rip Slyme, Ketsumeishi and Shonan No Kaze. Since I own a media production company in Hollywood and Tokyo, I meet a lot of interesting people in both Japan and the States. It's all because of my friends that I can meet these people. I met apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas through a good friend of mine, Jay Yoshida; I met Sandy Boedecker, who started Nike SB through Mark Fatlace; I met supermodel Tyson Beckford through Antonio Alvendia... I can go on and on.
I meet lots of creative, interesting and successful people here in Tokyo as well. Some of them live here, and others are just visiting, but everyone comes to Tokyo. One day, I was eating lunch with my friend Akira, who is the head designer for BlackFlys Sunglasses, and I introduced him to Sacocci, who is a very popular music director. Sacocci called me the day after and introduced me to Yuu-kun, who is a director for radio show in Yokohama. The other day, Mark Fatlace was visiting Tokyo from San Francisco, so I took him to Neko Publishing, which publishes more than 30 magazines a month, and BAPE CUTS, a hair salon owned by my friend. Then he took me to the office of Hiroshi Fujiwara, a god of street culture. That's my daily life in Japan.
Car life in Japan is pretty crazy too. I own an S13 240SX in Los Angeles and an S13 Silvia in Tokyo. You go to any convenience store like 7-Eleven or AM/PM in Japan, you find used car magazines like AutoTrader or whatever, and you will see a lot of fixed up GT-Rs, Silvias, Civics, Supras and even Porsches, no problem. For the guys who want to get a good view of cute girls in Japan, Shibuya is the shit. Tourists go to Roppongi, but locals like me hang out in Shibuya. There are a few cafs and restaurants where 99-percent of customers are cute girls. Of course, only my homies and I know those spots, and we ain't giving those up.