I have been living in Japan now for a few years. The few I lived in Tokyo, I didn’t have a car. I know, Tokyo Drift shows Tokyo as this cool, fun place to drive. Well, their portrayal of Tokyo was about as accurate as someone who has never even heard of the place.

In reality, Tokyo is a nightmare to drive in. The traffic is heavy, the cops are strict, and it’s easy to get lost. Not to mention the cost. You have to pay to drive on the freeway, you have to pay to park, and shaken (2 year checkup) is expensive. Having a parking spot, which is required to purchase a car, can cost as much as your rent (Yes, I am serious). Now, I am not saying there aren’t cool cars in Tokyo. Just that the sacrifice to own one is quite high. My job forced me to take the train.

About two years ago I moved down to a small island of Okinawa (picture Hawaii, but cheaper) and finally had the need for a car. Since I wasn’t sure how long I would be staying, the goal was to purchase a car for as cheap as possible. I ended up with a 1993 Honda Today. For those who don’t now, the Today was a small 3 cylinder “kei” car sold in Japan and Europe. Not exactly a sports car, but it served the purpose. Like most Hondas the engine is still running strong, though the body is rusting away (side effects of living on an island).

With with the cost of Shaken coming up on the Honda Today (and assuming it wouldn’t pass), I decided to get something a little more fun. I looked for several weeks and looked at a lot of different cars, but finally decided on an 1998 Evolution Orange Mazda Roadster (Mazda Miata for those outside of Japan).

The car has about 60,000 miles on it and is in pretty good shape. For all intensive purposes, there isn’t much difference between the US model and the JDM model. The JDM engine does however, rev to 7,500 rpms rather than 7,000 rpms.  I purchased the car without ever seeing it in person, and picked it up from the docks about two weeks ago tomorrow.

The car was even better than I thought it would be and runs great. It even had a few performance goodies I wasn’t aware of when I purchased it. I will be covering some of these in a future post along with more pictures. Stay Tuned!

Now that I am back in “tuning mode” I will be posting much more often. I have also been taking requests from people looking for JDM parts (yes I can get them!). So if there is something you are looking for please feel free to contact me!