For a good chunk of my mid to high school career, I was planted in Japan due to my father’s occupation. Living up north in Misawa, Japan, we were surrounded by rice fields and the winters brought forth heavy snow days. Here in Japan, I also witnessed some of the nicest cars, that I’ve only dreamed owning. There were Skyline R32s left and right, a glimpse of an S15 parked right next door and Mitsubishi Evolutions from every generation. It was a dream scape for the Japanese automotive enthusiast.
For a few times during my stay, I traveled to Tokyo to catch a glimpse of what most people think of Japan. Technology. It was everywhere from the vending machine to even the restaurant. Get this, in some restaurants in Japan, you first order through a vending machine and in reasonable timing, the waitresses serves your order. It skips the whole process of taking orders and relies everything on technology.
Aside from the techno vending machines and the JDM galore, the gaming industry is one to die for. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the Gran Turismo franchise and its beloved Tokyo Route 246. The interesting part of it all was that the road coarse was actually based on the real roads of Tokyo. I’ve driven this many times in my 650HP time attack Subaru Impreza STi (cheers for virtual gaming) and now there’s a live action flick to satisfy the GT enthusiast.
Remi Schouten had the opportunity to work with Justin Gardiner from Caterham Japan on a film project recreating the run at Tokyo Route 246. On the top left, the track info allows you to see the similarities between the game and the real course. One thing for sure is, next time I hit up Japan, Route 246 is on my list.
:. Michael Cabuco