if i could sum my life up in one gif it would be this one
I don’t like the term ‘JDM’, please don’t make me explain it.
“Japanese domestic market" (JDM) refers to Japan’s home market for Japanese vehicles and components. For the importer, these terms refer to Japanese-brand automobiles and parts designed to conform to Japanese regulations and to suit Japanese buyers
for example, your 240sx, or my 240sx, is in no way “JDM as fuck”, They’re quite USDM as fuck, it was made in japan, and built to conform to north american regulations which makes it USDM, the same way there are Audi’s that are JDM, It’s really not that complicated of a concept, i suppose you could swap in a turbo SR with 45000 miles on it that you had imported from japan because their regulations require that you replace the entire engine in most street legal vehicles somewhere around 40-45,000 miles (not entirely sure) and congratulations, you’ll still have a USDM chassis, with a JDM powerplant, which is cool, go for it, i’m not saying it shouldn’t be done, i’m just sick of being at local meets and hearing kids walking around telling each other how “JDM that KA-T 240 or that slammed del sol was”. my car was designed for the north american market, i assume they decided to use the KA instead of maybe an N/A SR20DE because, lets face it, KA’s may not be quick revving or very powerful stock, but they’re pretty damn tough, if you keep up with maintenance. i think nissan kept this in mind when thinking about just how often and how far many americans drive daily, compared to the relatively short distances most daily commuters in japan travel by car. i wish the term hadn’t been misinterpreted the way it has been because frankly it’s become really annoying,
The birth of extremely annoying self promoting hype blogs hasn’t helped either. What does it matter anyways? Cars are cars, love what you love for your own reasons, not just because it looks “sooo jdm hellatightflushyo” every build is a reflection of it’s owner and their love and dedication, not just someone trying to conform to a “movement”. Appreciate everything you see in it’s own light, not judge it by comparing it to other cars you’ve seen on the internet. Everyone’s tastes are different.
while im here talking my ass off, this symbol in no way defines how “JDM” you are either, It’s called a Shoshinsha mark, it’s literal definition is (The Beginner Drivers’ Sign 初心運転者標識)
A driver must display this mark on the front and back of the car for one year after they obtain a standard driver’s license. Drivers who consider themselves beginners may continue to display the sign, even after the period of a year.
So the way i see it is, the majority of people in japan you see that have decided to keep their Shoshinsha on their highly modified sports cars are just being trolls because they think it’s funny (as would i), letting other motorists know they “consider themselves beginners”
i know i have at least a couple followers who happen to live in and/or be very familiar with japan, maybe if they feel like it they’ll clear up any misconceptions i have over all of this, as much as i love japan and everything about their automotive culture i have no firsthand knowledge of any of this.. at least not yet. ha.
po dont give a fuck