If, like me, you are a bit of an Initial D fan; then you will be pleased to know that despite the government’s best efforts to slow down the traffic (there are huge bumps along the straights between the collection of hairpins at the base), racers still attack the mountain – and attack it hard. The road is scarred with drift marks and bent barriers. I’ve seen a couple of cars (RX8 and S14) with different rear bumpers – a sure sign of an Armco kiss. The sheer volume of modified cars (mainly Bunta looking men of the older generation at the wheel) is also great to see. It’s restoring my faith in the hashiriya scene which died out in the UK in favour of Stanced rubbish.