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I SURVIVED A JAPANESE GAME SHOW: Shino and Ken Satoh coming to US television

By in 03-04-2009 12:30 am

A couple of weeks ago, Shino had mentioned that she had been asked to come along to Mobara Circuit with her car, because an American film crew were coming, and wanted to film her drifting.

Turns out it was for the second season of I Survived a Japanese Game Show!

For anyone not familiar with the show (link to Youtube segments here) it’s an American reality show along the lines of The Apprentice or Survivor, based around competing in team-based, Japanese-TV-style challenges.

The team that wins each challenge gets to do something cultural and fun, like visiting the Tokyo fish markets. The losing team has to do something difficult, yet still cultural, like working as rickshaw drivers or labouring in a rice field.

This week’s winners won a ride in a drift car.

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NOT DEAD: This blog.

By in 05-03-2009 9:51 pm

Some of you have expressed concern that Noriyaro will die off due to my new association with Speedhunters.

I assure you that is not the case. If anything, this site will get even better.

I’ve been doing so much stuff with Vaughn Gittin Jr. here in Japan that I’ve fallen a day behind on my Speedhunters commitment, and haven’t even updated Noriyaro. The last two days have not yielded much in the way of sleep, time to sit down and process photos or write words to the kind of standard expected.

I just arrived at our latest hotel, and I have to leave the room almost immediately. I only turned the computer on to check the internet was working.

Later tonight however, cool stuff will go up on Speedhunters.

Back to normal soon.

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HIMAWARI RACING AT FUJI: Drivers and cars

By in 27-02-2009 12:30 am

I recently attended a drift event at Fuji Speedway Drift Course run by Himawari Racing in Tokyo, which is led by a young AE86-driving guy named Kazuya.

Himawari (which means “sunflower”) had an amusing way of naming the different skill classes on the day. Beginner classes were named after delicate flowers like Tulip Class and Rose Class. The more skilled groups were named things like Dandelion, all the way up to Sunflower Class, the biggest and toughest flower of the lot.

I really have to start bringing out the camera a bit more when I’m actually driving at an event, but lugging out a big long lens after getting out of the driver’s seat is usually put in the “can’t be arsed” basket.

Anyway, here’s a couple of more pics of drivers and their cars from the day.

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