The annual RAUH-Welt Begriff New Yr Get together would possibly effectively be one of the best ways to start out exploring Japanese automotive tradition throughout Tokyo Auto Salon week. I say this, as a result of it’s an occasion that anybody can take part on.
For the reason that final time I attended an RWB New Yr Get together in 2020, I’d been wanting ahead to coming again. So, once I heard that the 2023 occasion was being held at a shrine, I couldn’t maintain my pleasure in verify. Flights and accomodation have been booked; the New Yr couldn’t come round fast sufficient for me.
In Japanese tradition, early January is a time that many households come collectively and go to shrines the place they need for a affluent, blissful and wholesome 12 months forward. I used to be amazed that Nakai-san managed to safe such a venue for this 12 months’s RWB social gathering, however it seems he’s shut buddies with the custodian at Kashiwa Jinja-Shrine in Chiba, simply quarter-hour’ drive away from RWB HQ.
Main as much as the occasion, a 20-car restrict was introduced, however after seeing the situation I wasn’t so certain they’d handle to suit that quantity in. My suspicions have been confirmed on the evening, with solely 13 automobiles admitted given the sheer variety of folks attending. I arrived early to see the automobiles roll in, which is all the time an incredible sight.
After I attended the 2020 RWB New Yr Get together, Nakai-san’s 997 conversion was nonetheless a prototype, so seeing a couple of buyer automobiles collectively was superior. They give the impression of being superb, particularly the cabriolet model. It’s undoubtedly a brand new period of RWB shifting ahead, though it was additionally nice to see the 930, 964 and 993 RWB classics.
Whereas I noticed Nakai-san early, he disappeared to choose up a particular visitor. Nobody anticipated Cody Walker to make an entrance, and that basically obtained the group going.
As soon as everybody within the RWB household had arrived, speeches have been made, together with a few phrases from the shrine custodian, adopted by a Miko-mai, a Japanese conventional Shinto ritual ceremonial dance, which I’ve all the time wished to see in particular person.
As I hoped it will be, the 2023 RAUH-Welt Begriff New Yr Get together was an effective way to start out Tokyo Auto Salon week. Simply having the ability to go to Japan once more meant the ambiance was electrifying, so I do know it’s going to be an thrilling 12 months forward.