Mike is someone who has survived his autobiographical dream.

It has a rich import business, a huge store space, Japanese-themed Spexy, and lots of JDM cars in SoCal and its two-acre parcels in Japan. I met Mike a while ago when I shot him in the van, and immediately knew there was something special about him.

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After I visited his store in Corona, California, I was convinced that Mike was taking a life-split between America and Japan.

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When I asked him about his inspiration for space, Mike said that many Japanese carmakers like the way they put their store under a hangout zone. These can be anything from small lounges to full-fledged karaoke bars.

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Simply put, Mike wanted to apply this kind of thinking to his own workplace.

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Speakeasies and well-thought-out shop designs are not something you often encounter in American car culture. This is usually a pile of filthy bathrooms and dusty car parts, which means – the space is designed to work. But Mike has gone beyond this useful point of view

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An R34, crazy van and vintage Bosojoku Motorcycles will usually be the focus point in a US store, but here they are an important part of the whole lifestyle.

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Solidarity is important in all areas of life, and Mike is applying this principle to her in an impressive way. I was certainly inspired when I dropped by her shop.

Sarah Ryan
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