Daily JDM Word: Fusei Kaizou!

WOTD 2018.4.19 (fusei kaizou)Today’s word, 不正改造/FUSEI KAIZOU, is comprised of the words 不正/FUSEI (illegal) and 改造/KAIZOU (modification).

The 警察/KEISATSU (police) regularly block roads with checkpoints to cite cars for out-of-spec (in other words, unlawful) alterations to the:
* 車高/SHAKOU (ride height)
* マフラー/MAFURAA (exhaust)
* 触媒/SHOKUBAI (catalytic converter)
* 窓/MADO (window)
* 車体/SHATAI (car body)
* ヘッドライト/HEDDORAITO (headlight)
* テールライト/TEHRURAITO (taillight)
* オフセット/OFUSETTO (wheel/tire offset)
* など/NADO (et cetera)

Owners with violations are often issued a 整備命令/SEIBI MEIREI (fix-it ticket) and/or a 罰金/BAKKIN (monetary penalty/fine).

Check this previous post to see details on what’s legal/illegal in Japan!

 

 

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Daily JDM Word: SUTEKKAA-CHUUN!

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Today’s word ステッカーチューン, is comprised of ステッカー/SUTEKKAA (sticker) and
チューン/CHUUN (tuning) and means adding decals for decorative purposes, often used for hobby items such as:
自動車/JIDOUSHA (car)
バイク/BAIKU (motorcycle)
ギター/GITAA (guitar)
スノボ/SUNOBO (snowboard)
スマホ/SUMAHO (smartphone)
パソコン/PASOKON (personal computer)
タックルボックス/TAKKURU BOKKUSU (fishing/tackle box)
クーラーボックス/KOORAH BOKKUSU (cooler box/drink cooler)

In the automotive world, SUTEKKAA is sometimes called バイナル/BAINARU (vinyl) or バイナルグラフィック/BAINARU GURAFIKKU (vinyl graphics) but, in most cases, these BAINARU-related terms are more associated with Continue reading

Daily JDM Word: Keiryouka!

WOTD 4.3.2018 (keiryouka)Today’s word: KEIRYOUKA, means weight reduction. Comprised of the characters
軽/KEI = light
量/RYOU = amount/weight
化/KA = transform/change

Some methods of KEIRYOUKA:
1) Remove components such as エアコン/EH-AH-KON (air con), オーディオ/OH-DEE-O (audio),
ドア内張/DOH-AH-UCHI-BARI (inner door panels).
2) Install lighter alternatives such as フルバケ/FURU-BAKEH (full bucket seats), a チタン/CHI-TAN (titanium) exhaust, 鍛造/TAN-ZOU (forged) wheels, etc.
3) Get a 散髪/SAN-PATSU (haircut)

KEIRYOUKA written in:
* Kanji: 軽量化
* Hiragana: けいりょうか
* Katakana: ケイリョウカ

Bonus Fact: You know those little 660cc Japanese “kei” cars? That is the same 軽/KEI (lightweight) as above.

 

 

Daily JDM Word: Fukumen!

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Today’s word is 覆面/FUKU-MEN, comprised of the characters 覆/FUKU (hide or cover) and 面/MEN (face), and means incognito, concealed identity, etc. This term is applicable in a wide array of facets in daily life such as masked wrestlers (viva Lucha Libre!) , author pen names, artist pseudonyms, etc. In the automotive world, it usually refers to an undercover パトカー/PATO-KAA (patrol/police car).

An overwhelming majority of FUKUMEN PATO-KAAs are Toyota Crownsand Nissan Skylines (V35), but other present and recent past cars include:
* Sedans: Toyota Mark X, Nissan Teana, Nissan Cedric, Nissan Gloria, Suzuki Kizashi, Subaru Legacy
* Wagons/Vans: Nissan Stagea, Nissan ElGrand, Toyota Hi-Ace, Toyota Alphard
* Coupes: Nissan Skyline, Nissan Leopard, Toyota Soarer
* Compacts: Honda Insight, Suzuki SX4, Toyota Prius

Common FUKUMEN specs:
Color: white, black, grey or silver
Engine: 6 cyl. preferred
Body Style: often 4-door sedans, but others exist (see above ↑)
Typical Giveaways:
* Dark tint on rear windows (privacy, bro)
* Driver AND passenger (teamwork, bro)
* Special antenna(e) in rear (communication, bro)
* Two interior rearview mirrors (visibilty, bro)
* Dimple on roof (single light placement, bro)
* Sparkling clean (pride in work, bro)
* Few or no badges/emblems (weight reduction, bro)

Bonus fact for Initial D fans: The standard black/white patrol cars are often called パンダ/PANDA (panda).

If you like R34 sedans, check these out!!

2000 R34 engine/Gloria Face swap
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1999 R34 GT-T clean and long parts list (grab a beer, pull up a chair)
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1998 R34 GT-T Wallet Saver!
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Daily JDM Word: Kajyuu-Idoh!

WOTD kaijyuuidoh FINToday’s word: 荷重移動/KAJYUU-IDOH, is comprised of the words 荷重/KAJYUU (weight/load) and 移動/IDOH (transfer/shift).  During 減速/GENSOKU (deceleration), especially when フルブレーキング/FURU-BUREIKINGU (full braking) is applied, the weight of the vehicle will drastically shift towards the フロント/FURONTO (front).  On the other hand (you have different fingers), the weight will naturally shift to the リア/RIA (rear) during  加速/KASOKU (acceleration), and more prominently so if the アクセル/AKUSERU (gas pedal) is at 全開/ZENKAI (full throttle).

KAJYUU-IDOU written:
* in Katakana = カジュウイドウ
* in Hiragana = かじゅういどう
* in Kanji = 荷重移動

** Be careful not to confuse KAJYUU with KAIJYUU, which are giant and destructive  monsters/beasts such as Godzilla, Mothra, King Kong, etc.

What JDM words do YOU want to learn? Let us know!

Daily JDM Word: Maru-Meh!

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Today’s word 丸目/MARU-MEH (round headlight) is comprised of the characters 丸/MARU (round) and 目/MEH (eye), often used as a nickname for such cars including the New Age/Bug-Eye Impreza, as well as the early DC2 Integra.

MARU-MEH written:
* in Kanji (丸目)
* in Hiragana (まるめ)
* in Katakana (マルメ)

Other related words include:
涙目/NAMIDA-MEH = Tear Eye (e.g. Blobeye Impreza)
鷹目/TAKA-MEH = Hawk Eye (e.g. Hawkeye Impreza)
横目/YOKO-MEH = Side/Long Light (e.g. Kouki DC2 Integra)
4灯/YON-TOH = Four Light (e.g. Zenki DC2 Integra)
6灯/ROKU-TOH = Six Light (e.g. Dangun DC2 Integra)

BTW: the Casablanca Impreza also has some MARU-MEH…they were not popular and are sometimes sold for next to nothing…like this example, which is probably the cheapest “Good Buy or Goodbye” we’ve found so far!

Daily JDM Word: Dora-Teku

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Today’s word ドラテク/DORA-TEKU (driving technique) is comprised of the first portions of ドライビング/DORAIBINGU (driving) and テクニック/TEKUNIKKU (technique).  Many DORATEKU involve skilled manipulation of the アクセル/AKUSERU (gas pedal), ブレーキ/BUREIKI (brake), クラッチ/KURATCHI (clutch), and ハンドル/HANDORU (steering wheel) among others.

Some examples of DORATEKU include:
フェイント・モーション/FEINTO MOHSHON (feint motion)
クラッチ蹴り/KURATCHI KERI (clutch kick)
左足ブレーキ/HIDARI ASHI BUREIKI (left foot braking)
荷重移動/KAJYUU IDOH (weight transfer)
溝落とし/MIZO OTOSHI (gutter drop)
チョイ引き/CHOI BIKI (slight e-brake pull)

Other words that start with ドラ/DORA
ドライブ/DORAIBU = drive
ドライバー/DORAIBAA = driver
ドラマ/DORAMA = drama
ドラマチック/DORAMACHIKKU = dramatic
ドライヤー/DORAIYAA = hair dryer
ドラキュラ/DORAKYUURA = Dracula
ドラフトビール/DORAFUTO BIIRU = draft beer
ドライクリーニング/DORAI KURIININGU = dry cleaning

Daily JDM Word: Aisha

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Today’s word: 愛車/Ai-sha (beloved/dear car), comprised of the characters 愛/Ai (love) and 車/Sha (car)…basically it means your favorite car, the car which you cherish, etc.  Ai-sha can also cover motorcycles and other wheeled-vehicles.

Ai-sha written:
* in hiragana: あいしゃ
* in katakana: アイシャ
* in kanji: 愛車

Similarly, other word combinations that start with 愛/Ai:
愛妻/Ai-Sai: beloved/cherished wife
愛児/Ai-Ji: beloved/cherished young child
愛犬/Ai-Ken: beloved/cherished dog
愛書/Ai-Sho: beloved/cherished book
愛鳥: Ai-Chou: beloved/cherished bird
etc

Daily JDM Word: Mecha-Tune

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Daily Japanese Lesson!  Today’s word: メカチューン is a combination of the words メカニカル/Meh-kah-ni-kah-ru (Mechanical) and チューニング/Chuu-nin-gu (Tuning).  As the name implies, this refers to naturally-aspirated engine internal upgrades and modifications in order to increase power without the addition of a ターボチャージャー/Tah-bo-chaa-jyaa (Turbocharger) or a スーパーチャージャー/Soo-pah-chaa-jyaa (Supercharger) .

Side notes:
1) メカ/Meh-ka also refers to a genre of anime primarily focusing on robots/robotic-suits such as Robotech, Bubblegum Crisis, Appleseed and the like.

2) メチャ/Meh-cha can be used as an adjective with a similar meaning to the English words “very”, “totally”, etc… as in:
メチャ速い/Meh-cha Ha-ya-i: very fast
メチャ遅い/Mec-cha O-so-i: very slow
メチャ低い/Meh-cha Hi-ku-i: very low (as in price, rank, budget, stance)
メチャ高い/Meh-cha Ta-ka-i: very high (as in price, rank, budget, stance…but not used for state of intoxication, hallucination, inebriation, etc)

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)

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