Takuya Sosogi’s work is ostensibly the shipping of fresh fruit and vegetables. In reality, though, it’s modifying his Mitsubishi Fuso dekotora. Like many dekotora drivers, he became obsessed with “decoration trucks” after watching the 1975 film Torakku Yarō and hasn’t looked back.
The video, by MEL Films, was discovered by our friend Andrew P. Collins and is a beautifully shot picture of life as a trucker. Despite being an actual in-service hauler of produce and having about ten thousand tiny crevices, Sosogi’s rig remains astoundingly clean. “The older my truck gets, the closer to the end of its life it gets,” he says, who estimates a value of ¥5 million ($45,000) for his dekotora. “It’s bound to break down soon, but I’m still driving it.” Keep on truckin’, Sosogi-san.