Every year for the past five years, I have anticipated taking up one of the many offers from Japanese friends that I’ve made over the years during their visits here and travel to the “Land of the Rising Sun” for their annual Super Show. And every year, I have to cancel due to the tight schedule that falls around that time of year. This “grasshopper” will make it one day!

Over the years, I have seen and heard of many great examples of the sincere pride that has been shown by the Japanese people in adapting the Lowrider Movement. The Japanese dedication to grasping new cultural views is not taken as a trend, but as a serious addiction to represent the urban culture that surrounds us all. Many Japanese enthusiasts have learned through our examples, from the cars that we’ve built and they’ve seen in photographs. Over time, the look of lowriding in the Far East has evolved. Their styles depict the era that they grew up with, from retro to the early ’70s, with a quality that gives U.S. builders some real competition.

What always blows me away is that every year the Japanese bring their cars to not only check out the final day of Super Show competition, but to also hold down the parking lot with more cars than can be entered in the show and just as clean as those rides inside. This just proves to me that, if only for one day, the celebration of their Super Show is more like a dedication to the streets.

Photographer Edgar Hoill drew the biggest straw this time around with a special invite to cover Japan’s Super Show as well as the popularity of skin art over there (you can check out that story in an upcoming issue of Lowrider Arte). He also brought back photos of two vehicles which are featured here along with the Super Show. We hope that you enjoy our special combination of “rice and beans” and take in the whole enchilada. We spiced things up this month with our annual Audio/Video Guide and a generous sprinkling of the finest lowrider vehicles to be found anywhere.Peace,Ralph Fuentes