Tokyo Car Culture, Part I

June 21, 2009

Some of the stranger automobiles I’ve encountered on my travels in Japan:

almost a vw van (but really a subaru, i think)

almost a vw van (but really a subaru, i think)

almost a jaguar (but really a pint-sized mitsuoka)

almost a jaguar (but really a pint-sized mitsuoka)

almost a mini cooper s (but really a daihatsu, as far as i can tell)

almost a mini cooper s (but really a daihatsu, as far as i can tell)

almost a 1955 Toyopet Crown (but in fact a 50-odd-year-later Toyota Origin)

almost a 1955 Toyopet Crown (but in fact a 50-odd-year-later Toyota Origin)

a mitsubishi east brain?

a mitsubishi east brain?

almost a car (but it has some growing up to do)

almost a car (but it has some growing up to do)

the all new Nissan Pivo2, whose passenger area can pivot 180 degrees, but not while driving

the all new Nissan Pivo2, whose passenger area can pivot 180 degrees, but not while driving

why do you suppose you never hear of high speed police chases in japan?

why do you suppose you never hear of high speed police chases in japan?

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