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Shibuya's Chevy Chasers

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Once a month, Japanese fans of mid-century American cars get together in Tokyo’s fashionable Shibuya district. From Chevy’s to Fords, all meticulously made over and cared for

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As the midnight hour approaches on the first Saturday of every month, Shibuya’s backstreets rumble with the sounds of finely tuned mid-century American car engines. Soon the streets are filled with brightly colored shiny cars that reflect Shibuya’s countless neon lights. They add even more color and excitement to this already energy filled shopping district.

Before the police manages to chase them away, Japanese fans of mid-century American cars use these streets as their unofficial meeting place. Once the police arrives to politely request them to clear out, they all move on to Yoyogi Park. Here they talk, laugh and exchange tips until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Although cars have a macho image, there are almost as many women as men. Some of them bring their own flashy cars, others accompany their boyfriends. I asked the girlfriend of one of the car lovers what attracted her more, the guy or the car. “The car,” she told me with a big smile on her face. Her boyfriend laughed out loud. One more reason to keep his flashy car in good working condition.

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Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

Seems like fun! Because of my brother I like a lot cars, so I like this article ^^
I’ve been wondering… how do you get those high angles?!

Maria
Jun 13, 2012 (3517 days ago)

@Maria: I hold the camera high above my head, or I climb on top of things along the road. ^^

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jun 13, 2012 (3517 days ago)

the car is cool!!

joy
Jun 19, 2012 (3511 days ago)

This is interesting. I’ve only heard rumor that in Japan, they have an interest in American cars. Hehe! Seems like the people I know here in America have only interests in European or Japanese cars. I’ve been considering buying another car from Chevy since the moment I saw the 2009 Chevy Camaro. I don’t know why, but when I saw when pull up next to me at a stop light, I couldn’t stop looking at how sexy it was. It was just so beautiful to me.

LoveGoddess01
Jul 15, 2012 (3485 days ago)

We’ll definitely be dropping by to the May meet next year!!

Nia
Oct 13, 2013 (3030 days ago)

@Nia: Let’s hope the police have not chased them away by then yet!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Oct 13, 2013 (3030 days ago)

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