Wild racing in Japan has become an urban culture. Trying out this world of illegal kebutan-kebutan will take you like being in the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Many people think wild racing is dangerous. Moreover this is also illegal acts that violate the law. But for the Japanese, wild racing is an urban culture that continues to be preserved until now.
No wonder why Justin Lin chose Japan as the background of the Fast and Furious franchise entitled The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Japan called the street racers with the name Hashiriya. There are several categories of wild races in Japan. Among them are drifting, cornering (hooking), and the race-kebutan on the circle path called rullet-zoku.
Tokyo became a major city in Japan which became a favorite of Hashiriya tested the ability of modified cars. In addition to being an entertainment center in Japan, Tokyo also has many roads that are suitable for wild racing. One such example is the circular trajectory on the streets of Tokyo that fit into the arena of the zoku rullet.
Wild racing in Japan is also often found in the city of Osaka. Even in the city there are groups that claim to be responsible for the development of a tuning style known as JDM.
JDM or Japan Domestic Market is a flow / style that refers to the modified goods traded in the Japanese area or even imported to various countries.
Wild racing in Japan is not only located in big cities only. One that is quite popular is wild racing in the mountains of Japan and is usually called Tōge or Touge. In the literal sense Touge is overtaking another car on the mountain roads.
In contrast to wild racing in the middle of town, wild racing in the mountains has a greater risk. The up and down contours of the road, as well as having sharp turns, make the Hashiriya are required to have the expertise of using hand brakes and extreme maneuvers to keep the speeding cars stable.
Usually there are some wild mountain racing categories or Touge. First is Cat & Mouse / Sudden Death. Here, the racers will be chasing where the winner is able to increase the distance between the cars. If the pursuer is able to shorten the distance, then he is the one who won the battle. Vice versa.
Second is Straight Up. Done on a fairly wide mountain road, the racer will start with the same position. So this is like a traditional race but done on a hilly road that certainly has a greater risk.
The third is Random Battle. Here two riders find themselves what type of race that fits the way of driving together while communicating using a hazard lamp.
Fourth is Ghost Battle. Racers will not compete fast with other racers on the track, but compete who the owner of the fastest time in a race. So, only one car is allowed to go and print the fastest time.
Touge's wild racing concept itself was adapted in a racing anime titled Initial D by Shigeno Shuichi. Even reportedly, the main character Takumi Fujiwara was inspired by Keiichi Tsuchiya using the same Toyota AE86.
Because wild and illegal races of course the Japanese police did not stay silent to see it. Japanese police have installed many speed detectors in several locations that are often used as wild races. In addition, they also conduct routine patrols on Japanese streets during the night.
But the Hashiriya already know where the speed detector is located. In fact they have a special tool to detect the presence of an approaching police car. That way, wild racing in Japan remains "safe" and becomes an urban culture that continues to exist.