Today is Logo Day in Japan. The date was chosen as a pun formed by the first syllable of roku (ro/lo), Japanese for “six” and go, Japanese for “five”. The purpose of the day is to promote effective logo design. In Japan, it’s still not uncommon to find not only the make logo on every car, but a unique model-specific logo as well. As a result there’s no shortage of cool badges to be found.
What’s your favorite Japanese car logo?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “Would you import a JDM car that you could get in America?“.
We enjoyed the comments this week because thye proved that our JDMness scale wasn’t foolproof. ceuppens eric reminded us that a car that might be a JDM2 in the US could be a JDM3 in another country. It all depends what was officially sold on your home turf. Ian G. described perfectly my personal philosophy, which is that the car would have to be sufficiently different from its US counterpart, a JDM2 or higher. As Bryan Kitsune mentioned, the novelty of a RHD car will wear off pretty quick if you have to make a lot of left turns while craning your neck to peek around giant SUVs. While I personally wouln’t make the RHD sacrifice unless the car was significantly different, Fred Langille is correct that driving RHD isn’t hard, even if it’s a stick. You quickly get used to it.
On the other hand, Land Ark pointed out the fact that similar cars will have more parts availability, an important factor to consider if you can’t afford to have your RHD ride stranded as you wait for a piece to make its way across the Pacific. In the same vein the winner this week, Sammy B, reminded me that I’m spoiled here in California, and that in some more rust-prone parts of the country a 90s car is all but extinct. In that case, it makes total sense to import a 25-year-or-older car even if a close equivalent was sold here.
Living in Ohio, anything from the 90s or older is scarce….and that’s even before considering the high likelihood of a ton of miles and rust. Ideally I’d be interested in something *similar* to what we could get in the US, but not quite the same (e.g., XV20 Camry wagon or a 1st gen TSX wagon, or a Townace similar to the 84-89 Toyota Van). Ideally one that may even use the same engine as we got USDM just for some convenience. But even finding a nice MR2 may require importing.
I’d love something really cool that we never got here, but I also know my budget & knowledge limits to keep something like that viable.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!