28 Jan AFFest Japan 2020 – Part Ichi
Before we get into all this, I really just want to give a big big thank you first and foremost. Thank you to all of the wonderful people of Japan for supporting us. Supporting our event. Supporting everything we do year after year. This is now our 4th year of doing AFFest in Japan and we couldn’t be happier with the current state of things. We’ve made many improvements over the years. Updating our format, our categories, our everything, to make it better for everyone. But, I feel like dhanging the location to be more welcoming to everyone has been one of the biggest things that we could improve upon. With this final change to the location, we believe we’ve found our forever home.
This year, we held AFFest at the Expo Commemoration Park in Suita, which is located about 10 miles north of Osaka. This location, which is situated next to a massive statue called, “The Tower of the Sun”, has a history not only because of the fact that the World Expo was held here in 1970, but back in the early 90’s, lowrider shows used the same exact location! So while it’s not often used by todays car events, it does have a rich history in our car world. It’s kind of crazy knowing that even as far back as almost 30 years ago, some legendary cars were sitting right where we were. Hopping their cars on hydros while some were sitting nice and low on air. Enjoying exactly what we are in a different form. It’s kind of inspiring knowing that we’re helping to continue the tradition of a car event here going forward. We believe, and really want this location, to be our forever home.
This time around, we tried our best to make roll in and having all the cars setup as easy as possible. We prepped as much as we could the days/nights before. We had plenty of packing, loading, organizing and cleaning the days prior and even the night before, at the venue, we were setting up all the paper on the floor to let cars know exactly where to park. The reason we prepped as much as possible and tried to make things easy was due to the fact that we were on a limited schedule for roll-in. See, this location, while amazing, is still a public park. We had to make sure that we got all Vendors and cars rolled in within 2hours. We went over that time by just a little bit, but due to all of the prep and everything we did during the days before, we were able to get everything accomplished quickly and easily. As long as we got everything into the venue by then, everything was a-ok! Thank you again to everyone that helped and assisted in making this possible. You all know who you are.
This sums up part ichi for now. I’ll get into more of the event such as the quality of cars as well as our feelings as a whole in the next couple updates. Thank you for reading and please enjoy part 1 of 4 of our coverage.