In the West, we probably have a very narrow view of Japanese car culture. It’ll perhaps conjure up images of something like a Daikoku car meet full of JDM forbidden fruit, and likely not a couple of thousand Renault Kangoos parked up at the bottom of Mount Fuji.
But, that’s exactly what happens at the foot of Japan’s tallest peak every year. It’s the fantastically named Kangoo Jamboree, which is now in its 14th year. Think of it as Porsche Rennsport Reunion but for a practical, van-based French MPV.
The latest running of the Jamboree attracted 5,000 visitors and 2,000 Kangoos of various vintages and colours. The appalling-looking weather doesn’t seem to have dampened the enthusiasm of Japan’s foremost Kangoo enthusiasts.
The event was also made semi-official this year by Renault, with the manufacturer using the event to publicly reveal the Grand Kangoo and ‘Urban grey’ limited edition Kangoo developed for the Japanese market.
In attendance was Junpei Ogawa, president of Renault Japan, and various other Renault execs including the senior vice president of Renault LCV (light commercial vehicles) Heinz-Jürgen Löw.
Speaking at the event, Löw said:
"It is an honour for me to take part in the 2023 Kangoo Jamboree and to reveal the New Renault Grand Kangoo to the Japanese public for the first time.
“I would like to thank all the fans who are taking part in this event and who are sharing their passion for Kangoo and the values of this vehicle: family, modularity, and innovation.
“I'm convinced that the third generation will be just as popular as its predecessors and that we'll continue to celebrate this vehicle at the Kangoo Jamboree!"