Hi everybody, so for those of you who were around for the early forza installements, you sure remember the infamous “fujimi kaido”
for those who don’t, here’s a little story for you
So the fujimi kaido was a point to point street course in forza motorsport, the first.
Drifting just began to become a thing at the time, and I think Initial D was still airing back then.
So this was basically where the forza drifting scene was born, I was part of it and it was great, had a few sessions with BLKJ at the time, just created “garage 世田谷 (se ta ga ya - won’t let me write the word)”, which was the very first “commercial tuner” in forza motorsport community. The reason why I did that, was because I really loved the kaido downhill course and I wanted to make it high on the leaderboards, and I was trying to make up for my lack of driving skills by learning how to tune cars, which was also, as it turned out, a great way to make credits if you couldn’t paint.
Anyway, back on topic, the kaido was the place to be, the birthblace of FM drifting and tuning community, a major part of forza’s lore if you will.
Because it was a pont to point course, it wasn’t featured in forza motorsport 2, and that felt like a little bit of a let down. The community was still relatively small at the time and we kinda stuck together, against the hords of dedicated GT fans (although we do love each other in reality <3 ) So that was a time when the community had a great say in how the game ultimately became (storefronts, other game features were directly inspired by us, the players)
So there was a petition, on forza’s forums back then, it had a lot of support, a lot, and it started a discussion about how could T10 bring the kaido back, the idea was to make it a circuit-like course by linking together two roads, the original kaido, and a road back up the mountain to the original starting point.
and that’s exactly what happened in forza 3.
this video still gives me goosebumps for so many reasons, and in many ways, that was a time when I really built myself as an individual, when I realized I could somehow have some kind of an impact on the world, that drove me to become a career entrepreneur later in my life. It all comes down to this amazing community that we have, this symbolic fictionnal road course, and ultimately what brings us all here, the love of cars and motorsports.
I barely post here anymore, I moved on with my life, and however little time I spend on video games, most of it is forza motorsport.
The kaido is a symbol of our community, drifting and otherwise, it would be nice to have it back in forza motorsport games, permanently.
So how bout we do this again ? how about we come together again and make it happen one last time.
Turn 10, you guys are awesome, you made this amazing franchise for and with the fans, the kaido is a symbol of that relationnship, so please, pretty please, could you bring it back for good ? and then just leave it in the game until we all die of old age ?
thank you for reading, enjoy that great video from T10 and team blackjack
Emmanuel Gabriel, GT: Yamada Man - BLKJ Waterboy - Garage 世田谷 founder - Forza Motorsport day one veteran