I was lucky with my stay in Japan, few unplanned events happened during the time I was there. One of them was the Tokyo Comic Con, a story for some different kind of blog perhaps, but there was another one – more appropriate one: lowrider cruise at Shibuya. I didn’t know exactly where they gather, didn’t know how big it is, didn’t know the time either – just knew that it’s every first Saturday of a month.
I’ve rested at a cozy capsule hotel and around 10PM went to Shibuya crossing, one of the most familiar places in Tokyo, certainly for a car fan. I thought I’ll just wait for some american cars and will follow them. It was one of the coldest days during my stay, around 3 degrees at night, I didn’t had any warm clothes with me, but two shirts seemed to be enough.
Quite quickly I started seeing what I was after, lonely Caddies and Chevies cruising, dragging themselves up the street.
I stayed at the crossing for some time, tried different locations and almost every red light there was a new car coming.
I followed them, past the big Starbucks, Supreme store, favourite ramen place, went in the direction of Yoyogi park, and there I saw plenty of cars that are not typically seen in Tokyo. Not only american old cars, but tuned JDM cars that are not normally on the roads of Tokyo.
I love how they highlight their green number plates. Notice the Cali plate on this Prelude.
Or this Mooneyes plate holder.. not all cars were american, but the style was there. I knew I’m in the right place.
Some were parked at the side of the street, others were doing numerous laps around the block
I haven’t seen a 3-wheelin or jumping car at least for two years. Was really nice to hear the familiar clank-clank of the hydraulics.
Cars did bring a lot of attention, not even mentioning the traffic jams
Police knows about these gathering on advance, but they don’t ban them, just put few extra servants in the area, add some traffic cones and limit parking in the area. Otherwise all jolly and nice.
At this time I was freezing my ass off, two shirts didn’t really cover that area, so I decided to walk a bit further, because Dino from Speedhunters told me that Yoyogi park road may be a popular location.
It wasn’t, but few cars still passed through there
I came back to the location, time was already after midnight, but still I could count around 50 different cars cruising the block
I’ve waved to some cars, visually asking them to hop a bit in front of the camera, but quickly discovered that it looked a bit like giving a nazi salute, so I stopped ))
Enjoy the rest of the pics