Word of the Day: Shodai

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Today’s word: Shodai (kanji: 初代, katakana: ショダイ) means the first generation of something….an iPhone,  a vehicle line, a household/family, etc.  Subsequent generations are indicated as Number + Dai (generation) Meh (unit of order/sequence)
2nd Gen = 2代目 (Ni Dai Meh)
3rd Gen = 3代目 (San Dai Meh)
4th Gen = 4代目 (Yon Dai Meh)
5th Gen = 5代目 (Go Dai Meh)
6th Gen = 6代目 (Roku Dai Meh)
7th Gen = 7代目 (Nana Dai Meh)
8th Gen = 8代目 (Hachi Dai Meh)
9th Gen =9代目 (Kyuu Dai Meh)
10th Gen =10代目(Jyuu Dai Meh)





Word of the Day: Kizu

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Today’s word: キズ/KIZU means scratch/scar, and can be found almost anywhere: on a piece of furniture, on the human body, on your iPhone screen, on your beloved Drift Bible DVD, etc. A minor paint KIZU on a car can often be concealed using タッチペン/TATCHI-PEN (touch-up paint). Some may notice that the image shows KIZU written in KATAKANA (Japanese phonetic alphabet), all while the “傷” KANJI (Chinese pictographic character) is readily available and actually more commonly-used in daily life. The choice to go with katakana was based on purely aesthetic purposes, but as that explanation may not satisfy the hardcore grammar nerds out there, I await your nitpicks in the comments below.

Word of the Day: Subarist

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Daily Japanese lesson!
Today: スバリスト(Subarist), is a term coined by Subaru themselves, and was publicly introduced during the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013. This term is defined quite elaborately on Subaru’s official website, and it goes far beyond meaning simply a “Subaru fan” (though written as such in the image due to space constraint). Subaru wishes the public to understand the company’s carbuilding passion behind the creation of their vehicles. In turn, the company is aware that Subaru owners are truly a special breed who
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Word of the Day: Tsuru Tsuru

WOTD 3.15.2018 (tsuru tsuru) FIN 2

Daily Japanese lesson! What do YOU want to learn?

Today: ツルツル (tsuru-tsuru) describes surfaces which both appear to be, and actually are, smooth, slippery, and the like. Icy winter roads are tsuru-tsuru. Worn-out tires are tsuru-tsuru. Waxed floors, billiard balls, ramen noodles and Hobbs’/Dom’s heads are all tsuru-tsuru.

Word of the Day: Zero-Yon

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Daily Japanese lesson! What do YOU want to learn?

Today: ゼロヨン. Comprised of ゼロ(zeh-ro: Zero) and ヨン (yohn: Four), short for a 0-400m drag race. 400 meters calculates to 1,312 feet, so it’s slightly less than the actual quarter-mile (1,320 feet). However, since Japan utilizes the metric system for units of measurement, they refer to the quarter mile as the 0-400 …similar to how Metric France refers to the Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese as the Royale w/ Cheese.

Word of the Day: Mizo Otoshi

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Daily Japanese lesson! What do YOU want to learn?

Today: 溝(mizo: gutter/ditch), 落とし(otoshi: drop). A driving technique made famous by Initial D, in which Takumi drops a tire into a ditch on the side of the road in order to whip his car around a corner faster than otherwise possible. (unfortunately not depicted in photo).

1999 Nissan Silvia clean turbo swap

FOTD 2018.3.12 (s15 grey) FINAL* TRUST coilover suspension
* FRONT mount intercooler
* BLITZ air cleaner
* S15 turbo w/ HKS actuator
* S14 engine swap
* S14 transmission swap
* THERMAL wrapped exhaust manifold
* CUSTOM turbo outlet
* SKYLINE brake rotors
* SKYLINE front brakes
* SKYLINE rear brakes
* ENDLESS brake hosing
* PAINTED brake calipers
* NISMO heavy duty clutch
* LIMITED slip diff
* CUSCO front tower bar
* CUSCO rear tower bar
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2000 Subaru Impreza WRX STI ver.6

FOTD 2018.3.09 (impreza gc8 white) FINAL* 2.0L intercooled turbo, AWD, 5MT
* TEIN Flez Z coilovers
* TEIN EDFC damping force controller
* FUJITSUBO lightweight RM01A exhaust
* STI chambered fuel pump
* DIXCEL brakes PD DAV
* RALLY mudflaps
* WORK Emotion wheels
* NANKANG NS2R tires (50% tread)
* ATE half of the toast (50% bread)
* KTS mesh wheels also
* BRIDGESTONE RevoGZ tires also
* STI fog light caps
* ONLY just 155,000km/96,300mi actual
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1995 Toyota Supra RZ-S 700HP?

FOTD 2018.3.08 (supra 80 orange) FINAL
* ONLY just 42,600km / 26,470mi actual!
* 2JZ turbo, Getrag 6MT
* BUILT by HKS-related shop
* HKS t51R turbo kit
* HKS gold pro controller
* BLITZ boost gauge
* CUSTOM turbo piping
* COILOVER suspension
* ENKEI RPF-1 wheels
* F:18x10J, R: 18×10.5J
* NO accident history
* REASON for selling: owner needs money
* CONDITION is mint!
* INTERIOR is mint!
* TOOTHPASTE usually mint!
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