SHUTTIN’ DOWN THE STREETS OF SAN JOSE FOR ONE OF THE INDUSTRY’S MOST VALUABLE CAR SHOWS
There were rumors floating around that the founders of Shukai, Cary Inayoshi of Wheels N Meals and My Nguyen of Headliners, were calling it quits after 2018. Could it be true? Say it ain’t so! With Shukai’s livelihood up in the air, I immediately booked a flight to San Jose the moment I heard the news. Shukai has been one of the top 10 events I’ve attended in my lifetime, and if this was going to be the end, I had to be part of it! There’s a few things you should know about Shukai:
The word “Shukai” is a very old Japanese term that means “meeting” or “gathering.”
Cary and My started Shukai to bring awareness to one of three registered Japantowns in the States. Shukai is one of few events that legally shuts down a major city block. It’s also free to the public! Last October’s Shukai marked its sixth anniversary, and it demonstrated again why it’s one of the more enjoyable shows to attended. It might not have the high-level competition of Wekfest, or the model lounges of Spocom, but if it’s a kickback, sunny, Sunday afternoon, all-ages celebration of cars you’re looking for, Shukai is just that and then some.
Though space is limited to a few hundred cars, the assortment of vehicles is mind-blowing. Walking Jackson St., I saw an RWB Porsche parked next to a BMW M3 and Skyline GT-R, a Ferrari posted across from a Ford Model A, a row of vans next to a row of wagons…the mashup of genres was limitless.
Seeing photos of Shukai doesn’t quite do it justice, so it’s my hope that Cary, My, and the city of San Jose will bring it back for 2019.