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When I was first offered the position in Shakotan, I did some quick At pm, I was to meet Yamazaki-san at a garage on the outskirts of town. Follow Chuck Todd as he uncovers breaking news events with the experts on Find coverage on the latest in politics, news, business, and more . Meet the Press - Watch episodes on and the NBC App. Chuck Todd hosts the Sunday morning public affairs program.

It was rather muggy that day, which I embraced as it made for some spectacularly dramatic rolling shell photos.

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Has an incomplete car ever looked so good? By this point, fitment and ride height were dialled in, the right-hand drive conversion was complete, and the motor was under assembly. Because this was essentially a ground-up build, Andrew took initiative in having every single nut, bolt, and washer on the car sent out for zinc plating and restoration. While waiting on the return of those parts, he managed to restore many of the unique SSS trim pieces and factory options back to their former glory.

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Andrew had been hoarding a mountain of rare parts for many years, including super-rare NOS new old stock SSS taillights, waiting to apply them to his ultimate build. Talk about parts galore. But it was quite exhilarating to see it all play out in front of me. The endless hours of working on the car, section by section, were a thing of past.

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I remember the first time Andrew took the car out for a drive — he sent me a video of him driving it to work, with a huge smile on his face. I could hear the excitement in his voice, almost like a child that just got their favorite superhero to sign their favorite comic book.

So without any hesitation, the first thing we did was set up a time to meet up for the photo shoot session. From day one, Andrew mentioned the term shakotan to me. He wanted it to be an example of how to truly incorporate zokusha — or its subculture shakotan — in modern times, paying tribute to the style on American soil.

The interior in the USDM was pretty standard: You got two front seats, a bench rear seat, some springs in between the floor boards and you, and some useless lap belts.

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I mean, when the hell do we ever see radness like this incorporated in cars being produced today? Two students, voices bolstered by microphones in hand, led the group on with a sea-shanty-like work song. At the shrine a Shinto priest blessed the float, as well as a second float that was operated by other team of locals. While we were at the Shrine, there was plenty of time to chit-chat with students and parents.

There was also ample time to drink some beer, which Yamazaki-san assured me would be constantly available and free throughout the festival. Sure enough, there were two coolers packed with canned drinks on the float; one cooler for soft drinks and one for beer and other alcoholic goodies. As the sun went down, we returned the float to the garage.

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The task was surprisingly more difficult than I expected, because the road had a slight incline and we were now going uphill. Afterwards, I went with some of my Tomosukai friends to Yamatomi, for ramen, yakitori, and even more beer.

I woke up early, making sure that I made it to our starting point by 8am. I bought plenty of sunblock, as I knew that I would be burnt to a crisp without it. Another worry of mine was the bugs, which in Japan, are truly oppressive. At the start of the day, we pushed our float back to Bikuni Shrine.

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To begin the festivities, the Shinto priests had to do some purification rituals involving sprinkling salt on the ground and swinging around a ceremonial wand covered in paper streamers. Then the Tengu came out. Sometimes a magical fox would be benevolent and helpful, but often they were apparently mischievous, so they were something to wary of.

For this reason, to call someone a fox in modern Japanese is to call them sly or crafty, usually with a negative connotation. Tengu are powerful beings that live in the mountains, secluded from civilization.

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They look human in form, although they usually have a red face and a distinctive long nose.