The wacked world of Japanese ‘DEKOTORA’ (decorated trucks)

With the decline of Japan’s independent truckers and the general decline of the working class (seen the West too), it’s truly amazing that they could find 500 dekotora/デコトラ for this New Years meet…

 
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peek into the magical world of dekotora decotruck

Speedhunters.com / 2013Apr04


I visited the Cal Trend paint shop in Saitama during my recent trip to Japan…and was sitting inside the shop talking cars with the guys. This was when I was asked, “Hey, I know this place where they build some crazy Dekotora – wanna check it out?” Speedhunters’ Mike Garrett
 

Transport manners

Since today, September 30, is designated as National Bus Day (Basu no hi) here in Japan, I though you might enjoy this newspaper article from The Times of London about “transport manners” in the Omnibus Law, dated Saturday 30 January 1836.
Omibus-lawLondon Transport Museum | ltmcollection.org

The “bus girls” (bus conductress/fare collectors) like the character, Reiko Kobayashi, were in the pre-war were a source of great longing of simpler times.
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GAS LOVE ™

gas love logo

GAS LOVE (tm)
* A top page
* A living “with gas” navigator having gas
* Buttocks navigator of the gas

2. Event & campaign information
5. A commercial gallery

Click on “PLAY” (18sec. / WMV) gas-song player

Alternatively, listen to the MP3 (18 sec / 492 KB)
Boomp3.com

And how can anybody forget the (in)famous Tokyo ad campaign: MY CITY — MY GAS® (3Yen / 2008-09-24)
my city my gas

Goofy umbrellas for Japan’s rainy season

With all the umbrellas fun in yesterday’s post, Rain

Here’s an umbrella is designed to be rolled alongside you, like a suitcase, which provides a fun alternative to the ordinary method, which involves carrying the annoying thing around with you

via New “rolling” umbrella with wheels lets you take it for a stroll on rainy days | RocketNews24
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Our previous dorky descriptions of Japanese umbrellas include:

 



 


Rain

Here in Tokyo we’re in the peak of Japan’s rainy season. Japanese folks always ask me* where’s my umbrella and answer with the haiku of the poet Santoka Taneda (Wiki):

降るままぬれるままで歩く
furu mama nureru mama de aruku
Japanese block print by Hasui Kawase(image: Hasui Kawase)

”kyō mo nurete shiranai michi o yuku”
today again, soaking wet, / I walk on an unknown road
 


 

*I don’t and can’t use an umbrella since I walk on crutches, so asking me is, “duh.”

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Learn more at Japan-guide.com about Japan’s Tsuyu, the Rainy Season. Our previous reports include:

 


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Ghostbusters vs Lowrider in Tokyo

Here’s a slice of street life…lowriding in Shibuya district, Tokyo.

@MKB0T—Driving home last night behind a ghost busters car. I think. It only had red lights. The indicators and brake lights were the same lights.

59-CHEVY-

 
Saaaa.
This so-called “ghost busters car” is a 1959 Chevy Impala lowrider (shown in the bottom half).
The Ghostbusters vehicle, called the “ECTO-1,” was a 1959 Cadillac ambulance, a professional chassis built by the Miller-Meteor company (shown in top half). Ecto-1

Our previous reports of Tokyo rides include:

 



 


Japan’s new salarymen…’WALLMONKEYS’

The new Japanese salaryman (3Yen / 2009-08-07) is now called a Wallmonkey
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This is a good way for the hordes of restructured (3Yen / 2005-01-25) salarymen to be more at ease at home alone after forced early retirement (3Yen / 2006-11-14)—Amazon’s product description says that you:

can transform your lonely walls…with freshly printed Wallmonkeys vinyl decals

 


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Tokyo 2020 — Olympic ‘hospitality’

Omotenashi/おもてなし = hospitalityomotenashi-text_120x

Japan’s Omotenashi Movement marches forward for the Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic “hospitality.”

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Foreigner-Only Carriages To Be Introduced Ahead Of Tokyo 2020 Olympics
TheRisingWasabi May 15, 2018 | @therisingwasabi

 

 
A few of our many stories about Omotenashi/hospitality include:


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‘Suma-Ho’ walking

The Japanese term ‘Suma-Ho’ is a mangling of English’s “smart phone”:
suma[ato] = ‘smart’ + [tere]Ho[n] = ‘telephone’.
That is, this poster warns of dangers of “Smart Ho” walking, lol.

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Rob Goss @RobGossWriter

—High-quality poster on the Toho Line. Though maybe it worked…I’m not posting this while walking. #sapporo

dameyo man This seems to be the first “live-action” appearance of “Dameyo Man”—the manga mascot of the Sapporo Transportation bureau—His head reads: ST    ダ    メ   ヨ.
In my mind, I love to half-ass mistranslate the Japanese Dameyo Man” as ‘Damn-It Man’ lol. Actually, Dameyo (ダメヨ~!!) is better translated as “That’s no good!” or “You can’t do that!”
 
Our previous reports of Smart Ho” walking include:

 


tokyonama-texitle-logo-2Tokyonama, importer/distributer of original products from Japan–Geneva/Tokyo

Japan’s new tourism slogan

In preparation for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo…

Japan’s new tourism
slogan …
japan-new-tourism-slogan

 
Explanation of the above tourism problems in Japan:

1.) Free public WiFi in Japan is rare/annoyingly-spotty/nonexistent and using it always requires pre-registration using an internet connection. That is, you have to have WiFi to get WiFi, grrr.
2.) Credit cards are not accepted at more than 50% of the eating and drinking establishments in Japan as well as most small stores in Japan. In addition, {evil}foreign credit cards are often rejected by Japanese credit card processing systems (especially debit cards).

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Our other reports on tourism and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics include: