Monday, December 25, 2006

Best Motoring US location shoot on December 19

On December 19th we were all at Willowsprings Street course to test some cars. We had the Ford Shelby GT500, Lexus LS and Acura TS Type S.
Road & Track international editor Sam Mitani is featured here with Keiichi Tsuchiya.
Keichi really liked the GT500.


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

She Works Hard For Her Money

My parent's Great Pyr "Blanca" has been casted in a Japanese TV program "Maison Ikkoku". Featured in Sanspo. The program stars Misaki Ito, one of the most popular actresses in Japan right now.



Monday, December 11, 2006

Getting Ready for the move

The Tokyo Office of Zigzag Asia will move to a new office in January.
New address is:

Zigzag Asia Co.,Ltd.
Shibuya Mark City West F22
1-12-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

On another note, in Japan we have year ending get togethers and parties. Although that never stops us from actually have lots of new year get togethers and parties too. Here's a nice shochu I had the other day. It is potato based. It is called "Kame-goro".

渋谷マークシティー ウェスト22階


昔アメフト早慶戦のパンフレットにボクの名前が「湖  亀太郎」となっていたのを思いだしました。





Saturday, December 09, 2006

Car Manufacturer Testing Videos from GT Channel at Nurburgring

Industry Pool testing at Nordschleife has been captured on video and uploaded on to GT Channel. Stephane who uploaded these videos is an old friend of Best Motoring International.
Video includes the McLaren SLR during it's testphase.

ニュルブルクリンクでの各社のテスト映像がGT Channelにアップされました。
撮影しアップしたユーザーのStephaneはBest Motoringの英語版を発売した当時からサポートしてくれているファンの一人です。

Friday, December 08, 2006

Revver's Blog

Revver's Blog

GT Channel was recently featured on Revver's blog.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

American Touge 3 Announcement

American Touge 3 Official Site

Spectators are welcome to come see the video shoot.
Where: Willowsprings International Speedway
Course: Horse Thief Mile
When: December 20th(Wed), 2006

Mine's R34 GT-R
XS Engineering R32 GT-R
Prototype Racing Lotus Elise K20A VTEC
Hasport CRX
Stoptech Z06 Corvette
Dinan E46 M3
Cosworth/Dynocomp '06 STI

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

WRC Evo Time Attack

One of my favorite forms of motorsports is actually rally. And this is a very interesting segment we took with WRC racer Gilles Panizzi in Japan. They are goofing off at first but afterwards they are nothing but serious in the time attack.


Monday, December 04, 2006


Ellica is an electric car project run by Keio University.
I saw it parked in front of Tokyo Gymnasium near our office.
Ellica Website


Friday, December 01, 2006

Mac Enough or What?

What the? That's 4 patties in one Big Mac. I found this special Mega Mac at the Roppongi MacDonald's. It must be a special gaijin version.
I can never go by without trying something like this.

It's definitely taller than your average Big Mac but the Big Macs in Japan are "mini" Big Macs. There is nothing big at all about them. So there's more beef and more bread but it's nothing that can't be taken care of. It was good.





Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Somethings seem endless. These six months have been an endless battle for me to raise money to fund our new project GT Channel. We successfully closed that deal and also launched the beta site too. Another thing that looked like it was taking forever was my working visa to enter the US. This took well over 2 years of planning and at least 1 year of preping docs to submit to the US embassy here in Japan. I was finally able to get the visa to work and live in the US.

The "Endress Boys"


Hi Res Downloads Using Instant Media

We just started offering Best Motoring and Hot Version videos for download to own.
DVD quality videos will be stored on the hard drive of your computer to enjoy when ever you want it and long as you want.
Currently there are only 6 titles available but we will be increasing the number of video titles offered through this service.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

SEMA Show Report

Now on GT Channel we have a special section with Dai Yoshihara reporting on the 2006 Sema show. Special SEMA page with videos updated daily.

アメリカで活躍するドリフトドライバーの吉原大二郎選手にGT Channelのレポーターとして2006SEMAショーを取材してもらいました。SEMA PAGEでビデオを毎日更新します。

Thursday, November 16, 2006

C16 Autostyle

One of my favorite car magazines C16 Autostyle at Tsutaya in Roppongi Hills.

Lotus Exige CUP 240 Supercharged

Listen to the fine sound of this Lotus Exige Cup 240 Supercharged.
Also check out the GTChannel branded video player. New!
American Touge 3 is set for December 19, 2006. We will have a Lotus Exige with a K20A Type R engine. This year entrants are hand picked by our staff. We will have fewer cars but the action will not be less. The rest of the cars will be announced soon. Come out to Willowsprings on December 19 if you want to check out American Touge 3.

Saturday, November 11, 2006


Here's a clip of the first XDL Show from December 05.
I had dinner with Nob last week and he is really looking forward to next season. Nothing is set yet but we talked about how we can get him to the US more often. He's an open minded guy and I think he has good charisma. Some guys just don't have it but I can see he has the open mindness to explore out overseas. We just started his official English blog which his manager Daigo Kasami translates. He's been great help to make this happen and keep it going too. Thanks Daigo! Check out Nob's English blog at

Friday, November 10, 2006

Cameron Gone Soft?

Recently Vodaphone in Japan got bought out by Softbank and they are aggressively marketing their new brand. Here's an ad with Cameron Diaz. She has a couple TV commercials too. From October mobile number portability was enabled in Japan so people were free to change their cell phone carriers to others without changing their phone numbers. Softbank had some serious screw ups and some of the new services were pending. On top of that they marketed Zero Yen fees but they are being investigated that the "Zero Yen" campaign is causing misconceptions of what they are really offering. It's not exactly zero yen calling charges all the time but it only says that in verrrry small letters.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

NVCA Documents

Useful agreement document templates for venture capital investments.
They were put together by a group of venture capital attorneys.
Any source that will keep our legal costs down is good news for us.

Volleyball Womens World Championships

Womens World Championships

Japan advanced to the 2nd round. First game of the second round is tonight versus Cuba. Shots are from the first game of the first round when Japan lost against Taiwan.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Marine Corps Birthday Ball

The Marine corps celebrated their 231st anniversary. I was invited to the ball on Yokota base by an old friend of mine. What an interesting experience.
The guest of honor was the actor R.Lee Ermey. Probably most famous for his role in Full Metal Jacket. Latest role was in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He was actually a real drill instructor for 2 years.

米国海兵隊の設立231年記念フォーマルパーティーに招待されました。横田基地内で行われたのでちょっと入り口では緊張。でも招待してくれた友人(少佐)がうまくやってくれたいたのでノートラブルで基地の中に入れました。横田基地には実は海兵隊員は10人未満とのことらしいですが、毎年やっているというこの式は結構力入っていました。パーティー自体は主賓に米国の映画俳優のR.Lee Ermeyでした。その他お客さん含めて300人はいましたね。式の後はそれぞれ食事、歓談、ダンスと制服を着て踊る軍人はまるでアメリカの映画のようでした。

Saturday, November 04, 2006

YouTube Magazine

Last week 32 Japanese companies demanded Youtube to delete 30,000 copyright infringing video files from Youtube. Youtube is all in English but there are millions of Japanese users uploading pirated material onto Youtube. Magazines like this one help and guide Japanese users on how to use the all English interface site.
Digital rights management is a big topic for Japanese copyright holders.
Japanese broadcast TV will all go digital in 2010 but they still have not decided on the details of recording and copying the programs on to DVD discs.
There will be new copyright laws and regulations to be changed in the near future as technology is running substantially faster than the regulation reforms.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Super GT License!

Zigzag Asia just signed a licensing agreement with SUPER GT which gives us the rights to distribute SUPERGT content over the internet. It is an exciting feeling as SUPER GT is the top GT race in Japan and I believe it is the most exciting GT race in the world. The cars go faster than any GT race that is for sure.
Also you can see the top Japanese auto makers trying to out do each other. It is a battle of the state of the art racing cars from Honda, Nissan and Toyota. You also see privateers with their Mazdas, Porsches, Lamborghinis and more.
For starters we are streaming part of the SUPERGT promo video on GTChannel. We are preparing a whole bunch more so just sit tight.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Life In The Fast Lane

Earlier this year Zigzag Asia coordinated the appearance of Nob Taniguchi and Max Orido to drift at GT Live in Phoenix. Taniguchi also competed in the Grand Am series in the Mazda Speed Source RX-8. We'll be updating GT Channel with new clips daily. Make sure to check it out.

Fashiong Town Tokyo

An Engrish spotting near my home. There's never a shortage of them in Tokyo.

Bape Veyron

Simply amazing...

Monday, October 30, 2006

American Touge 2 Behind the Scenes

We are preparing our American Touge 3(2006) shoot for December 19-20 again. Tentative plans is to have a US version My Car Challenge on 12/19 and a American Touge on Horse Thief Mile on December 20.
In the meantime we've uploaded some Behind the scenes footage from AT2 on
We will be uploading new content everyday as we fix the glitches and bugs of this site. Let us know what you think! E-mail your comments and ideas to

Waseda American Football Beats Nihon Univ.

Waseda beat Nihon University 28-20 yesterday.
My alma mater Waseda Big Bears are now 4-0. We are playing Senshu Univ next week and after that Hosei Univ. which are the reigning Kanto college champs.

To beat Nihon U is a big feat for us since they have beaten us 30 times in all 39 official season games we have played them since 1940. Our loss when I was senior is included in one of the 39 losses against them.

The last time we beat them was in 1993. At that time Waseda had not beaten them in 40 years. But since 1997, Nihon U lost their edge. Yesterday was the first match up in 10 years.

Nihon U Phoenix had a charismatic coach named Shinotake who passed away earlier this year. He had a aura that none of the other coaches had.
The other coaches including Waseda were all part time Sunday coaches. But you can't win football games that way. Thing started changing for Waseda when Takao Asakura became coach. He graduated 2 years earlier than me and was the captain of the team when I was a sophmore.
After winning a championship with the Asahi Beer Silverstar he worked for the NFL Japan office for a while and then quit to become the head coach of the Waseda Big Bears. He has shown a clear goal to win the college championship and a plan to achieve it. We are supporting him.
I hope we can make it to Koshien where the Kanto champs and Kansai champs fight for the Japan collge championship. In 2002 we went to the championship game but lost to Ristumeikan 51-14.
Our 06 team has a good chance to be the champ.

Super Car Spotting

Lamborghini Gallardo parked outside of a Shinjuku department store.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

GT Update

Our online automotive site "GT Channel(beta)" is up and running now! It has taken a long time to get here but we are so proud we were able to launch this site. This is what GT Channel offers.

1. Top quality videos starting from Best Motoring, Hot Version and the Super GT racing footage from Japan. We have original programming coming up soon! First videos from SEMA Show 06.

2. Viewer uploads of their own videos. Just like YouTube, you can upload your ride or video footage you took at events etc. Unlike YouTube, once you sign up and upload your video, you will be PAID a portion from the ad if someone clicks on the ad.

3. You can also make money by just "grabbing" the videos too. We call this syndication. Just sign up and start grabbing your favorite videos and start posting them on your blog, myspace, homepage and forums. We will also pay you a portion of the ad sales if someone clicks on the ad you syndicated.

Still some glitches here and there but GT Channel is up and running so go crazy!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Mine's GT-R in the US?!

Mine's R34 GT-R

The Mine's R34 GT-R arrived to the US for its promotional tour. It will first go to SEMA in Las Vegas in 2 weeks. Then to the Super Street Time Attack.
In December it will be at American Touge 2006!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

BMI Type R Legend videos for UK Honda Type R Site

Copyright Honda Motor Europe Limited

The 2007 Civic Type R will go on sale in the UK in March 2007. We were proud to take part in helping UK Honda tell the Type R story. Couple clips were used from Best Motoring International Vol.1 Type R Legend for the special website.
Now if only we can get a Type R in Japan too...

Check out:
'92 NSX Type R Gallery-Next
'95 Integra DC2 Gallery
'97 Civic R EK9 Gallery

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Hakone Shoot (2)

A silver version of the Spoon S2000.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Rays Wheels and Williams F1 Team

Japanese performance wheel maker RAYS and Williams F1 Team announced their collaboration for the 2007 F1 season at Suzuka GP last week.

Spoon S2000 with Rays wheels
Photos Courtesy of Yuki Imamura.

Friday, October 13, 2006


Took a trip to Seoul Korea last weekend and also visited the DMZ. Little did I know that N.Korea would test their nuke the next day!

Here is the last station on the South side before entering N.Korea. It's called Dorasan Station.

They even make rice in the DMZ. Special farmers are allowed to work and live near the border to cultivate the land.

We visited the 3rd tunnel. This was the third tunnel dug by the North which was capable of transfering North Korean troops across the border underground. Who knows how many others they have dug?

In downtown Seoul, Nandaemon.

Japanese ladies taking photos in front of a billboard of Korean soap star Pei Yon Jung...

Obviously I was also thrilled to take a photo with Yon-sama.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Star Trek Cribs

This is one funny video. Just had to post it.

ブラックでヒップなスタートレック人形のMr.スポックが展開するStar Trek Cribs。G4というアメリカのゲーム/オタクなCATV局で放映されています。スタートレックの再放送をアメリカで見て育った私はおもいっきり笑ってしまいました。

ところでこのビデオはYouTubeからのフィードですが、Googleが本日Youtubeを16億ドルで買収したというニュースがありました。Youtubeはまだ事業性を証明できていませんでしたが、Googleがこの大金を払って買うということは今後の可能性を読んでいるのでしょう。著作権問題がYoutubeをNapsterにように閉鎖させることになると予想するアナリストや業界人はいますが、果たしてどうなのでしょうか?これでクリーンになれるのでしょうか?実際我々のBest Motoringのコンテンツも無断でユーザーによって毎日YoutubeやGoogle Videoのアップロードされています。一応Claimをすると早ければ数日後には削除してくれますが、対応は遅いし、そもそもチェックしていないところがまったくダメですね。その辺は大きく成長するための必要リスクと見ているかもしれませんが、もっと著作者への配慮がないと今後問題になりそうです。

Friday, September 29, 2006


I went to Hokane yesterday for a photo shoot.

This is the final ad coming out in the Japanese VTEC magazine.

I took some video footage too so hopefully I can post some up here next week. It was lots of fun zooming thru the touge of Hakone in the S2000!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Monday, September 25, 2006

Saw some friends this weekend from the US.
This is videographer/dj extraordinaire Mr.Joesh and me.
We went to a bar called Heartland in Roppongi Hills.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

My Story Riceboys in Super Street Oct '06

私が書いた記事が米国の自動車雑誌Super Streetの10周年記念号の中に掲載されました。

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Seeker S2k

Met Ryo Teraoka from Seeker today. They are a tuning shop that specializes in Honda parts. Check out:

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Thursday, September 14, 2006


The story is out: Lonelygirl15 Is Brainchild of 3 Filmmakers

Those of you who don't know who Lonelygirl15 is:The lonelygirl15 story unfolded in a series of confessional video blogs, supposedly made by a home-schooled girl named Bree, Since June, viewers have questioned whether Bree and her friend Daniel, who also appeared in the videos, were real people or part of some larger project or promotional scheme. An ominous hint of a satanic plotline to come suggested a horror film in the making.

You can see the rest of her vlogs on YouTube and Just go and search lonelygirl15.
People didn't know if the story was fiction or real. But it was 3 film makers that made this on a shoe string budget and it became a huge hype. Interesting what the web can do. Its the Blair Witch Project of the net.
Story on


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Hybrid Civic

The video location shoot of the new VTEC Club took place at Fukushima Prefecture's Ebisu circuit.

One of the cars that we brought out was the Civic Hybrid Racing car.

Honda's hybrid car racing program is actually not even a "program" yet. It all started in 2003 when a couple of engineers from Honda started playing around with the idea of entering a race with a hybrid car. Honda never officially backed up the team so the members had to get together after their day jobs to complete this car from scratch.

Keiichi Tsuchiya and Daisuke Ito both said the car lacks serious power but what can you expect from a hybrid? The Honda engineers say that the car was made for endurance racing. The high efficiency gasoline engine is supported by the electric motor for additonal power similiar to how a super charger assists an engine. This engine is based on the 1500cc Fit engine instead of the stock engine.

One of the biggest obstacles the car faced was "heat". If they want more power for the motor, they need the batteries to work harder. Which causes heat. If the batteries get too hot, they melt and that's the end of your race. So during the race the drivers had to keep their eyes on the battery heat meter at all times. Water nor air was powerful enough to cool this oversized battery so they went to the extreme and decided to carry dry ice in the back seat to cool the batteries.

I mentioned earlier that the electric motor works similiar to a supercharger. The biggest difference is that the motor assist only when it is necessary according to the ecu mapping. The electricty from braking is collected and used to charge the battery.

At first it was set to assist 4th gear to gain top speed. But they realized they wanted more pick up rather than top speed. So they programmed it so the motor would kick in for pick up and if it had enough power left over to also help the top speed.

With fine tuning they were able to achieve efficiency while improving maximum power.

As for drivers, basic driving skills is a must but whether you can save electricity during the race becomes a big factor. This Civic uses a regenerative braking system so you brake early going into a corner but should never shift down and engine brake. You have to go into a corner without giving any gas using only the brakes to slow down. This way you slow down and generate energy at the same time.

After Daisuke came back from his first impression of 3 laps, Keiichi tried to hop in the car as he usually does for his turn. But the engineer told him that they were out of batteries and have to recharge. I guess Daisuke engine braked and drove the car like a normal car which didn't allow the car to generate enough electricity.
This needs getting use to for the driver at first. As more and more hybrids make it out to the racing tracks, drivers will have to adapt to the new requirments of hybrid car racing.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Sport Compact Car/Forza/Best Motoring

November 2006 Issue

A special Best Motoring DVD sponsored by Forza motorsport will be inserted in every Sport Compact Car magazine on the news stands! This is huge for us as it will help further get our name out to car enthusiasts and give them a piece of what we are all about.

The guys are Sport Compact Car are great and we really like working with them because we speak the same language. It was really quick when we decided to go with this plan because we knew we could compliment each other and also make the readers happy! This magazine hits the newsstands on 9/19 so make sure to pick one up!

特別編集のBMI DVDを米国雑誌のSport Compact Carに挿入することになりました。約20万部発行されるこの雑誌は日本車を取り扱う雑誌の中では老舗の正統派雑誌に入ります。最近はショーカーなどを取り扱う雑誌が多いなか、SCCはパフォーマンスを重視した雑誌です。
チューニングカーイベントでは東部最大のNOPI NATIONALSでも配布されるそうです。



Thursday, August 31, 2006


We just starting selling Best Motoring apparel in our Best Motoring Store from August. It has been a pleasant surprise to us that these shirts are selling so well. We should have done this a long time ago.

By they way, if you've bought a shirt from us, we'd love to see photos of you wearing the t-shirt. Send a jpeg photo to we'll choose a couple winners and send out other free stuff we have laying around the office. I knew we had a Keiichi Tsuchiya autographed Drift Bible somewhere...

BMIのアパレルを8月からBest Motoring Store で販売開始しました。以外や以外、結構これが売れています。もっと早く始めればよかったかなと思うほど。やっぱりBest Motoringのブランドはかなり認知されていますね。根強いファンがいると本当に認識させられます。ありがたいです。

Wednesday, August 30, 2006