Real-Life Mario Kart Event Brings a Community Together in Japan
Posted by Conor McMahon
Not a blue shell in sight!
The streets of Shibuya, Tokyo were transformed into a Mushroom Kingdom speedway last weekend, as a group of kart-drivers in full costume got together for a multiplayer session not to be forgotten.
The event was organised by the members of Tokyo Gaijins, a Japan-based community group dedicated to bringing overseas and local people together with a series of fun events. On March 16th Akiba Karts rented out a go-kart convoy to 26 eager members for some real-life Mario Kart, and before you shout out warnings of banana peels and sudden lava pits, the gang was assured that they're safe enough to ride without helmets.
If any plumbers somehow forgot to bring their overalls (for shame...), then members could even avail of a costume rental system during the event. The community was encouraged to dress up and have fun, and there's another day of karting coming up in April for anyone itching for a second lap.
The club is open to anyone living in Japan, with 70% of their members being non-natives. Many events are held outside the Tokyo area too, such as snowboarding or paragliding, though we've yet to see the announcement of a full Flower Cup Grand Prix.
Which Mario Kart racer would you dress as to participate in an event like this? Be sure to let us know with a comment below!