Takumi: The Master Craftsmen Behind Each Nissan GT-R

YOKOHAMA, Japan (July 25, 2013) - In Japan those recognized as master craftsmen are known as takumi. At Nissan's factory in Yokohama, only four takumi are sanctioned to put their name on the company's halo vehicle, the legendary GT-R. Izumi Shioya, Nobumitsu Gozu, Tsunemi Oyama, and leader Takumi Kurosawa -with over 100 years of combined factory experience - these four artisans hand-make the twin-turbo VR38 engines, the pride of the plant and Nissan.
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Janio Bispo leads the torch in Riachao do Jacuipe (BA) / Credit: Nissan

Janio Bispo leads the torch in Riachao do Jacuipe (BA) / Credit: Nissan

Janio Bispo leads the torch in Riachao do Jacuipe (BA) / Credit: Nissan

Janio Bispo leads the torch in Riachao do Jacuipe (BA) / Credit: Nissan

Janio Bispo leads the torch in Riachao do Jacuipe (BA) / Credit: Nissan

Janio Bispo leads the torch in Riachao do Jacuipe (BA) / Credit: Nissan

Janio Bispo leads the torch in Riachao do Jacuipe (BA) / Credit: Nissan

Janio Bispo leads the torch in Riachao do Jacuipe (BA) / Credit: Nissan

Janio Bispo leads the torch in Riachao do Jacuipe (BA) / Credit: Nissan

Janio Bispo leads the torch in Riachao do Jacuipe (BA) / Credit: Nissan

The helmet comes off: Nissan reveals the identity of its secret Stig

The helmet comes off: Nissan reveals the identity of its secret Stig

The helmet comes off: Nissan reveals the identity of its secret Stig

The helmet comes off: Nissan reveals the identity of its secret Stig

The helmet comes off: Nissan reveals the identity of its secret Stig

The helmet comes off: Nissan reveals the identity of its secret Stig

Luslinda Santos  leads the torch in Salvador  / Credit: Nissan

Luslinda Santos leads the torch in Salvador / Credit: Nissan

Luslinda Santos  leads the torch in Salvador  / Credit: Nissan

Luslinda Santos leads the torch in Salvador / Credit: Nissan

Luslinda Santos  leads the torch in Salvador  / Credit: Nissan

Luslinda Santos leads the torch in Salvador / Credit: Nissan

Luslinda Santos  leads the torch in Salvador  / Credit: Nissan

Luslinda Santos leads the torch in Salvador / Credit: Nissan

A 'baiana' gives her blessing to the Nissan Kicks / Credit: Nissan

A 'baiana' gives her blessing to the Nissan Kicks / Credit: Nissan

A 'baiana' gives her blessing to the Nissan Kicks / Credit: Nissan

A 'baiana' gives her blessing to the Nissan Kicks / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan

Party in the streets of Salvador during the Torch Relay / Credit: Nissan