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Raging against the machine

June 21, 2008

If you remember our chat about the colour of Japanese cars, and which shades of white you are permitted to flaunt, you’ll realise that this, our new car, is riding roughshod over years of inhibition. Or tradition, whatever.

New wheels

This garish little number has electric-this and automatic-that, and as such, is very much the car of the lazy, hedonistic show-off. Mothers of young children gasp, and shield their children’s eyes as we drive past, lest we pollute the minds of their fragile offspring with our immodesty. Old ladies frown and purse their lips. And if police kouban weren’t air-conditioned, then they’d probably come out and look confused for a while. Because it’s not just blue. It’s metallic blue.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Kay permalink
    June 23, 2008 5:03 am

    Its a lovely blue, but not as nice as the Fiat metallic blue!

  2. June 24, 2008 11:16 am

    Well, driving a foreign car in Japan would just mark you down as a lunatic. I’d never get away with it. And Italian? That’s just a public emotional outburst waiting to happen! 😉

  3. remora permalink
    June 26, 2008 6:04 am

    are you going to furnish any further details about your new motor Jon?

    *Is that an Acty Van?
    *2WD or 4WD?
    *any airbags?
    *Did the wife pick the colour?

    …you know the usual specs..

    p.s is it true that by Japanese law you can only carry two passengers? (including cat)


  4. June 26, 2008 7:43 am

    It’s a Honda Vamos, rem. 2wd, auto, airbags. It’s not brand new, so choice of colour wasn’t really an issue. There weren’t that many about, so we only had the choice of a few. And most were white of course.
    And yes, by Japanese law, you can only carry a total of 4 people. Which I only found out about a couple of weeks ago though.

  5. remora permalink
    June 26, 2008 9:52 am

    yellow plate as well I guess (660cc).

    My favourite is the Subaru Sambar Classic Minvan which looks like a Morris Van.
    Check it out on Wikipedia

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