To quote a friend, “And so it begins…”
That friend, along with a few others, is gleefully watching me succumb to the temptation they call Japanese diecast. For so long, I have stayed focused on Matchbox, my first love, and Hot Wheels. There was the occasional looksy at a Majorette, a Johnny Lightning, even a Greenlight, but I have stayed focused.
But there was an aspect of my love for cars that I had not really applied to my diecast collection. And that element starts with this:
This is a 1982 Honda Accord in signature baby blue. This is the exact same car that my father drove from 1981 to 2001. Now that is not a unique thing. Many kids my age grew up in 1980’s Honda Accords. But this car was bought by someone who grew up on GMC, Buick, and later Ford car lots. His father owned those dealerships, and engrained in his son a full appreciation of the American automobile.
So imagine the shock in the family when my father replaced his tan Ford Maverick with a Japanese car. Of course in 1982 Japanese cars were firmly entrenched in American culture, but they were just making it to the suburbs, and finally right into our driveway. And we thought my accountant dad’s foray into auto counterculture was super-cool. (This was a man who lived one block from Haight-Ashbury in the late-60’s, and just saw it as an intersection.)
I loved that Honda, and participated in its funeral in 2001. Three years later I participated in my father’s funeral. I have a billion good thoughts and memories about my father, but nothing represents him better than his 1982 baby blue Honda Accord. He was not a car guy, but he loved things that worked well.
Nonetheless, as my interest in cars grew over time, I saw aficionados for American muscle, European exotics, early and mid-century classics, and on and on. What I wasn’t seeing was love for classic Japanese. I remember telling people how much I regretted not keeping my dad’s Honda and getting it completely refurbished. I remember people laughing at the idea. Surely there were others who shared my love of these cars. They just weren’t out there. I will admit to not looking as much as I should have. I just kept collecting my Matchbox and Hot Wheels.
And then Jun Imai made a Datsun 510 for Hot Wheels.
Wait, what!?! A Datsun 510? By the company that never met a Camaro they didn’t like? I mean a Fairlady Z, I can understand, but a 510? I can even understand an AE86, but clearly there is a reason for the 510.
There was. The reason is because there is an enormous group of folks out there that love classic (make that “nostalgic”) Japanese cars. It may not be rooted in baby blue Accords, but it is there.
So I started learning terms like Initial-D, kenmeri, BRE, bosozoku, and on and on. Jun followed up his 510 with two Skylines last year, then an RX-7 and the eye-opening Mad Manga this year. I was introduced to Japanese Nostalgic Car. I am late to the game, but I am definitely in the game.
Alright, can I make this introduction any longer? Yes, I can.
The Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R is my favorite Hot Wheels car, the GT-X is not far behind. With the kenmeri and hakosuka helping introduce me to these cars in diecast form, it was only a matter of time that my collecting tastes would expand, and they have. I have been introduced to brands like Tomica, Aoshima, Kyosho, and Choro-Q, and have enjoyed seeing the enormous world they occupy.
And with my interest in this side of diecast growing rapidly, this blog will be logically infiltrated. It won’t take the place of my love for Hot Wheels, and I am the Matchbox Ambassador, for heaven’s sake.
But look for an infiltration of Japanese cars and brands. I hope that many of you who already enjoy these cars will share what interests you, and that others will gain an interest in many of these models.
Well, let’s get on with it. I figure I should show some photos. I have blabbed on long enough. Since this post has been about classic Japanese, how about a classic Japanese?
Kyosho does amazing work, no matter if the car is Japanese or not, as you will see later when I post their Ferrari 458.
But here is one of their Hakosuka Skylines, the first generation Skyline GT-R. I think this is a good place to start.
(And if you need scale, this model is slightly smaller than the Hot Wheels version.)
Kyosho Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R (KPGC10):
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What a wonderful posting! Nice reading and great pics as usual!
Great job John!
great pics as usual , and welcome to the J-tin world. my collection of 1/24 scale models and diecasts usually revolve around japanese nostalgic tin. and i have two 1:1 j-tin at home(1975 corolla hardtop KE35 and 1981 lancer a179), which i still cannot get my hands on their diecast counterparts. im gonna sure enjoy your future postings of classic j-tin 🙂
and would you mind if i link your site to my blogsite too?
Thanks for the comments. I hope you will enjoy what is coming. And yes, please link us to your blog, and tell your followers to follow us on Facebook as well. There will always be something to win, and some j-tin may be in the future…
Send me a link to your blog, I would love to see it – email@example.com
I will watch (and aid) your decent into kyu-sha otaku madness with great glee, my friend.
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Jun Imai is a big reason why I joined the HW collecting world. My view of Hot Wheels forever changed last year when I saw a Hakosuka on the pegs at checkout. Ryu Asada also gets credit. I grabbed a widebody S2000 off the pegs last year before I was officially collecting. The new Hot Ones CRX is amazing as well. I'm counting the days until the Hot Ones Toyota Pickup hits stores. I'm going to buy a couple and paint one up as Marty's truck from Back to the Future!
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thanks sir. i will then update my link list and add anew section in the sidebar too. will update you once i got it sorted 🙂 BTW, here's my blog. im more into 1/24 scale modelling, and occasional small scale hotwheels modding. when projects are slow i tend to feature a lot of feature modellers around the world. http://scaledricers.blogspot.com/
and so it begins….