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Dragon Wing

It’s never too rainy to make fun of other people’s rice. Here’s an Isuzu Dragon pickup with multiple rows of covered subwoofers and a rear spoiler worthy of a Red Sun’s RX-7:

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Streetracing, comrade!

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That’s the awesomest spoiler I’ve ever seen.

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Nipponese Vatos

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It’s true, we even have them out here on my island.

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Under the bridge in Nakatsu…

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…there is an old Corolla…
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…that will probably still be here in 20 years.
There are also…
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…a matching set of Canters.

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Kings of Rice

I think I stumbled onto the riciest of them all – a virtual kingdom of kome.
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Go check it out: 20050116 Tokyo Auto Salon 02

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RiCelica

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Spoiled Scooter

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Hahahahahahahahaha!!! It can fly!

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BMW with carbon fiber hood

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Why does this guy want to make his BMW look like a civic???
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Why???

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Mr. Roc Minivan

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There is a group of cars on Awaji island who all sport the same decals- a couple of these boxy cars, a vintage Nissan, a camaro, and a large van just to name a few.

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Scavenge

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It has a flashlight in place of a headlight!

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Modded K-car

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Spotted in front of a Lawson’s convenience store. For such a small car, it made a pretty big racket with the turbo hissing. The middle-aged dude driving the car took off with a just-bought beer in hand. You could tell that he was doing what he loved to do.
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White Civic

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This car doesn’t look too bad, actually. You can tell that this guy spent a lot of money, resulting in a car that isn’t strikingly different from the stock version, though.

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Riding a Tomika

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Doesn’t it look like something out of a kindergarten toy box?

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Samurai Racing

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Personally, if I were promoting a racing team I wouldn’t use the name “Samurai” (the guys just don’t fit the part), and I wouldn’t drive around in a minivan with portraits of a bunch of pretty boys smeared on the windows and panels.
I have to mention something that I have found very ironic. In Asian American Studies classes, the professor always lectures about the feminization of Asians in Hollywood, and I agreed completely with them. It’s complete bullshit that Asians haven’t gotten many roles where they have balls or where women find them attractive.
But over here, as well as other Asian countries from what I have read, the younger generation plucks their eyebrows, dye their hair whimpy colors and get haircuts that should have stayed in the 80’s, wear berets and hair clips, and sometimes even use cosmetics. It’s not subtly effeminate, it’s straight up flamin’.
And no, I don’t think that all men can pull off a pink shirt (or most for that matter). It’s OK to wear, but it should also be fair game for those around to poke fun.
I wonder if the effeminate proto-Asian character appeals to the testosterone-challenged generation over here.

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Not to be confused with Vespa

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Oh my, does that ass look fat!

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Rad Camaro

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If you drive a car like this, you should really be sporting a mullet to complete the look.

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Pink K Van

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Ugh. This van is just plain cruisin’ for a bruisin’.

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Another good name for a rock band

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as Dave Barry would say.

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Takahashi

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This mom and pop market is a few steps away from my apartment in Juso. Surprisingly, there are no snack bars, porn theatres, soapland related businesses, or negiyaki restaraunts nearby!
The price signs are all drawn in marker on standard A4 paper, and they sell really cheap produce that looks like it was grown in someone’s back yard.
A Lawson convenience store and the Rice Grocery are equidistant from my apartment, but in the end, the Takahashi Rice Market will end up with the larger share of my money because it’s ghetto in a cool sort of way. It’s like a store you might encounter in Gardena or Torrance, back in California.

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Thai Rice

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There was a lot of rice in Thailand. Unfortunately, I was not in the mood for taking pictures of it, so I leave you with this little morsel instead.