QotW: What’s your favorite Japanese car culture?
Tomorrow is Culture Day, a national holiday in Japan in which the nation’s ancient traditions are celebrated. Everyone gets the day off of work, presumably to tend to their minka or to practice their kabuki. Of course, Japan is a rich source of car culture, from vanning to VIP, drifting to Wangan hashiriya.
What’s your favorite Japanese car culture?
What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What car would you import from Japan?”
We received a mountain of great answers this week, ranging from the expected to the completely wacky. Rafael Rakyan despertely wanted to bring an AE86 to Indonesia, where it was never sold, even though it would cost $30,000. Banpei had virtually no limits in the Netherland, and opted for an AE86 Black Limited. Less expected were answers from MGamez, who wanted an ’86 Mazda Cosmo Turbo Coupe, and Yuri, who for some reason wanted a Toyota Cavalier. However, the most surprising (and entertaining) came from those like angelo, who wanted to relive a slice of Japanese life with cars like a Cedric taxi. In that same vein, the winner was Tj, who’d import a dekotora:
I live in Australia so I’m reasonably fortunate enough to have had many great JNCs sold new out here (doesn’t mean you can find any of them though, I’m looking at you C110 skylines)
So if I were to import anything from Japan I’d have to make it worthwhile, right? If someone were handing me a theoretical free-pass to have anything I wish delivered to my door like some kind of fairytale ebay it’d have to be something that no one else had imported before or something that I couldn’t just call any of the numerous import companies and pick out of a catalogue.
I’d have to think big. Hakosukas? There’s a bunch here already. Kenmeris? Sold here. Toyota 2000GTs too (seriously, all bar one have returned to the motherland though)
No, I’d have to think literally big.
A Dekotora truck.
No, really. Think about it. No where else but Japan do these seizures-on-wheels exist. None of these cashed up investors who are driving up the prices of JNCs would know about them so you can have it all to your self.
You could even put it to work carting freight and make it pay itself off! How many of us can say we did that with our cars?
Plus you could totally hide a Honda City Turbo II with matching Motocompo in the back before it leaves Japan. I’m sure no one would notice.
Hell, stick it to the roof and say it’s part of the decorations.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!
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