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Japanese Shop Vibes In SoCal

Mike is a person living out his automotive dreams.

He’s received a thriving import organization, a big store room, Japanese-themed speakeasy, and loads of JDM motor vehicles equally in SoCal and on his two-acre parcel in Japan. I met Mike a although back when I shot his van, and immediately realized there was anything particular about him.


Right after I visited his shop in Corona, California I was absolutely sure – Mike is absolutely embracing a existence break up between The us and Japan.


When I questioned about his inspiration for the room, Mike explained he enjoys the way several Japanese car crafters have their store beneath a hangout zone. These can be anything at all from tiny lounges to entire-blown karaoke bars.


Simply just, Mike preferred to use this form of wondering to his possess workspace.


Speakeasies and well-believed-out store models are not a thing you normally face in American car lifestyle. It’s normally grimy bathrooms and piles of dusty vehicle parts, which would make sense – the place is made to be worked in. But Mike transcended this utilitarian perspective.


An R34, crazy van and classic bosozoku motorcycle would ordinarily be a concentration stage in a US shop, but here they are crucial pieces of a total lifestyle.


Cohesion is important in all aspects of existence, and Mike is applying this theory to his in an remarkable way. I was surely encouraged when I dropped by his store.

Sara Ryan
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