Today is Travel Day in Japan. The commemoration was started by the Tabi Pen Club of Japan, founded in 1962 to promote travel (members include inns, restaurants, and travel writers). The date was chosen because on May 16, 1689 the poet Matsuo Basho embarked on the journey that became his masterwork Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North), considered today one of Japan’s greatest pieces of literature. It’s inspired many to follow in his footsteps. In honor of that odyssey 333 years ago, describe your ultimate road trip, and the car you’d do it with.
Where do you want to travel, and with which car?
The best comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s the one tool you can’t live without?“.
Not gonna lie, the list of tools y’all have recommended has been pretty epic. It’s a a great list for anyone who might be building a toolbox, and has given us a few ideas of what to add to our own. Let’s start with the basics. As Art said, most everything starts with a jack. Zu suggested ratcheting wrenches and a head lamp, both necessities, while j_c nominated the all-important antenna magnet thingy. David Meyer recommended a multimeter, a must-have, f31roger proved cheap replaceable tools are sometimes best, like a Harbor Freight screwdriver, and Fred Langille came up with an excellent list of items, not for a garage but for a trunk-based emergency kit.
Then there were the multi-use items that may have functions not originally intended by the manufacturer. Clif advised vise grips, always handy, while Jonathan P. found countless uses for a magnet-tipped flathead screwdriver. Or you could just be like Jim Klein with his big-ass hammer and credit card. Though not a tool per se, we feel Christoph‘s pain with his rust remover.
By far, the most common answer was the elusive 10mm socket. Scotty G. was the first, to mention it, speedie likened it to a kids’ tale, Taylor C. described a variety of obligatory variations, Joe Musashi expanded it to the standard Japanese sizes (though we’d include 14mm in there too), while Alan hilariously showed how tragic it can be to lose a high-quality Japanese Ko-ken.
The winner this week is returning champion Land Ark, who detailed the pain of having high-end Japanese tools and a life before hose clamp pliers:
I bought three sizes of Nepros (by KTC) ratchets a little over a year ago and they look amazing. I say look because I am too afraid to actually use them! Right now they are displayed in my office as works of art. One day when I bust my knuckles open using my normal tools I will break them out.
I recently bought a pair of locking hose clamp pliers and after years of just using regular pliers I must say it is life changing. From frustratingly ruining brand new tension rings or firing the across the garage to installing them with ease I don’t know why I waited so long to pick up a pair.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!