Meet the maddest Lambo tuner...
...in the world. This is Morohoshi-san, and he lights up Tokyo's underworld with his pink Diablo
Posted: 09 Feb 2014
Morohoshi drops into his Diablo, and starts the engine. We're headed across Rainbow Bridge - it ties together Shibaura Pier and Minato town across Tokyo Bay, and it looks like a Mario Kart level. Lamps on the wires supporting the bridge phase between three colours and dapple the road with colour. As signs written in kanji fly overhead, it's like passing through a stargate into the stereotype dimension. Right on cue, a heavily modified Nissan Silvia zips past, all turbo whistle and dump valve. It has ‘EXCITING TEAM RISK!' written on the door.
Once you've been battered round the head with context - something Japan manages with alacrity - the Diablo, despite its underlights and strobes and regurgitated Dolly Mixture palette, doesn't look ridiculous. It's shaped by this city; it belongs here. A place that's not alien per se, but full of things aliens might do and eat and drive if they'd been given a city, taken an online course in Being Human, and were told to try and slip onto Earth under the radar.