Mike Stevens | Apr 6, 2009

If you’ve got an even ten minutes up your sleeve and you can handle the bad hair, this oldy-but-a-goody video of Jeremy Clarkson dropping into Japan to investigate its car enthusiast scene offers a great look at the striking contrasts between the car scene of Japan and that of the outside world.

Of course, with the benefit of the internet and time, we’re all now quite familiar with most of the things shown in this video. Drifting and midnight racing on the Shuto expressway are pastimes that have been shared online and immortalised in video games, while the massive array of aftermarket parts at Autobacs stores are a constant source of envy for Aussie accessory shoppers.

Nonetheless, listening to Clarkson waffle on for 10 minutes, pat a poor drifting failure on the shoulders and interview drift legend Keiichi Tsuchiya might just help you 'enjoy! happy car life.'

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