Shukai

SHUTTIN’ DOWN THE STREETS OF SAN JOSE FOR ONE OF THE IN­DUS­TRY’S MOST VALU­ABLE CAR SHOWS

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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.

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