It may seem odd to purchase a magazine when you can’t speak the language let alone read the text. However if you’ve come from a design background or simply appreciate print magazines, as an automotive enthusiast it’s hard not to be drawn in by Japan’s Motorhead Magazine.
Published only in Japanese, Motorhead covers a wide range of vehicles from modified cars to million dollar classics. The variety of vehicles in the magazine mirrors the real world experience one might have when visiting Japan. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll no doubt come across cars such as an R34 GTR, a classic Porsche 911, or as I did recently a white Ferrari Enzo scything its way through a bustling Shibuya.
As mentioned, I can’t read Japanese but what draws me in to Motorhead apart from the variety of vehicles is the quality of photography and layout. Even through the lens of the photographers I can get an appreciation of what story is being told. The BMW M1 in this issue is a real highlight and one I poured over for quite some time. Perhaps I’ll use this as motivation to learn Japanese!
If you’re not into buying magazines you can’t read I don’t blame you, but if you want a glimpse into Japanese car culture, Motorhead and offshoot Gentleman Driver will give you a taste, and to help narrow the divide they also have two fantastic YouTube channels which output high quality videos including one of my all time favourites below. Check it out.