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Circuit Legends with Daihatsu ‘Esse’: A Living Legend’s Journey

Mr. "J J", 72 years old, was enjoying circuit driving in his Daihatsu Esse with its attractive blue body. He was a living legend who used to attack the Tsukuba Circuit and Fuji Speedway half a century ago. So we asked him what he is particular about his beloved Esse.

Nostalgia Unleashed: The Timeless Design of the 3rd Gen ‘HIJET Van’

The Daihatsu Hijet Van is a super long-selling car with the oldest history among current kei-cars. This 3rd generation Hijet Van, with its distinctive square headlights, was revived by its owner, Mr. Sasaki, who found it lying in a warehouse. The customization that makes the cute style stand out even more is noteworthy.

Vintage Vibe: Exploring the Charm of the “Funny Rider” Kei-Truck Camper

Sitting in the midsummer sunshine of the Shonan Marina is a cute kei-truck camper. The front end is clad in a Ford Econoline-style face kit, while the rear is fitted with an FRP shell kit. It also carries a horizontal lift pop-up roof. Driving around town in such a stylish vehicle is sure to be a hit on social media.

Overland Camping Revolution: Kei-Trucks Take on a New Adventure

"GARAGE ILL" is well-known for its kits that transform your car into a nostalgic 80s "eyebrows" face by simply bolting onto Daihatsu's current "Hijet". This time, GARAGE ILL has come up with a new style that is sure to cause a stir in the light truck industry. It was an Overlander equipped with a roof-top tent with an outstanding wild mood.

Woodland Wanderer: Unveiling the Tranquil Beauty of Fuji Cypress in Camper Interiors

Mishima Daihatsu proposes a camper that uses Fuji cypress from Shizuoka Prefecture and offers the warmth of solid wood. The kei-camper, given the catchphrase "Traveling Little Log House" and the name "Quokka Wanabee", will surely be a messenger of happiness to its owner.

Unconventional Charm: Exploring Japan’s Compact Car Revolution

1990s to 2000s, Japan experienced an unprecedented minivan boom, but compact cars were also a new phenomenon, with many different models being introduced by various companies. We look back at some of the cars that unfortunately lasted only one generation, but whose individuality shone through.

Retro Revival: Transforming a ‘Copen’ into a Porsche ‘356’ Tribute

Mr. Kuriyama was one of those who were fascinated by the styling of the legendary Porsche 356. Instead of the 356, which was an expensive car, Mr. Kuriyama was introduced to a Daihatsu "Copen" that closely resembled the 356, which greatly changed the course of his car life.

Kei-car Race ‘Tohoku 660 Championship’ Winners for 2023

The Tohoku 660 Championship will begin its 14th series on Sunday 14 April 2024. It is divided into five classes according to the extent of modifications and experience, with the most entries in classes 2 and 3. We spoke to the two champions, who won the fiercely contested classes where it was difficult to even qualify, about their 2023 season and their prospects for 2024.