You’re no doubt familiar with the wild antics of Rémi Gaillard, the audacious Frenchman of YouTube fame whose illegal street Mario Kart antics have him pursued by the police in nearly ever video. As fans of the Nintendo game, we’ve always wanted to play out our best lap of Rainbow Road around the neighborhood, but we also don’t want to get slapped with a hefty fine, or worse, spend a few hours in custody.
But we’re in luck! Tipped off by curious Japanese Twitter users who spotted Mario and friends driving around Shibuya, we just found out that we can actually (and legally) live out our own version of real-life Mario Kart in Tokyo.
First off, here’s what Twitter users caught on their phones:
▼ “Mario was in Shibuya!”
▼ “Mario Kart in Shibuya!”
No, not a group of rogue hooligans, this is an actual organized event put on by event club,Tokyo Gaijins. The group, as you might have guessed, is based in Tokyo and organizes trips and activities around Japan. Here’s how Tokyo Gaijins describes their group: “We are not a travel company, we are just a big bunch of gaijins and some Japanese hanging-out, partying, playing sports and enjoying the Japanese outdoors.”
Tokyo Gaijins holds street go-karting events periodically throughout the year, allowing anyone with a Japanese or international drivers license to suit up and zip through the streets of Tokyo. The group charges a fee of 6,500 yen (US$63.88), which includes a 2-hour go-kart rental, gasoline refill, picture and video while you’re driving, and accident insurance. But enough about the logistics, have a look at all the fun:
The last go-kart event was held this past weekend, so you might have to wait a while for another one to come up. But in the meantime, if you’d like to join this group of energetic foreigners for some gaijin fun, check out there website here.
Source: Net Lab
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“Tokyo Gaijins” host real-life Mario Kart racing event on the streets of Shibuya