In 2000, the internet wasn’t the same. Google wasn’t as prominent. Yahoo, webcrawler, insite… those were the main search engines. This was before social media and translation software.
While I had my EG and EK Civics, I was given a 280z and 280zx from a co worker who abandoned them at his cousin’s house when he moved back to Alaska. Unfortunately, there was no paperwork.
Anyways, I was so interested in them, I started to look at yahoo.co.jp. I would type in the chassis codes and tons of personal homepages popped up. Often times this would be geocities.co.jp and others similar. I would be in marvel with many of the JDM cars and this is where I started to talk to people. My team had a website at the time, and of course during that era, it was all Hondas. Once I started to emailing people, I would give my team address and they would link the pages and we would have broken english and Japanese emails.
While I made quite a few friends, my good friend Megesan was in contact all the time, he sent me pictures of his S13 silvia and drifting in it. This sparked a friendship and I exchanged gifts with him.
He used to send me Drift Tengoku and Option magazines, while I would send Import Tuner and Super Street.
Eventually when I picked up a 240sx hatchback, he sent me his old parts.
This also motivated me to visit Japan and he was one of the main reasons!