Somewhere during my weird (and annoying) habit of taking pictures of literally everything, I started a series of pictures of silly cars. I don’t know why. I just… really like ridiculous looking things.
Of my year in Japan, there were three definite winners. They are:
1. The Sendai Pikachu Car
Ummmm hello, it is Pikachu from Pokemon. Of course I’m bias. This car basically personifies all my dreams when I was like 8 years old.
The picture was taken in Sendai during the Pokemon fair in March, 2013.
2. The Akita Hippo Car
My first thought when I saw this car was “oh my gosh, it is the car of a pedophile” – which, you know, is a horrible thing to think. I was driving with my fiance and some of his friends; I made them stop the car so I could dash out and snap a picture.
They thought I was so weird.
I thought the CAR was so weird.
I honestly wouldn’t mind driving a thing like this in Japan (aside from the tiny roads) because that would ensure I would always be able to find my car in the parking lot.
This picture was taken in Akita in May, 2013.
3. The Aomori Cat Car
I saw this picture in passing, while Ryosuke and I were doing an electric bike tour of Aomori. It was some sort of delivery vehicle parked in front of an office building.
I have a lot of cat-lover friends (basically anyone who spends too much time on the internet); if I’m ever a millionaire, I will buy them all cat cars like this.
This picture was taken in Aomori in August, 2013.
1. The dog in a bucket
All issues of animal cruelty aside, apparently this is a legitimate way to transport a small dog. I’ve seen a couple little old ladies with dogs in buckets, driving around town (mostly grocery shopping). Thankfully the dogs have learned not to rock the bucket or try to jump out…
I’m not going to lie, I nearly snatched the dog. It was cute. And I would treat it better than a little old lady who left it outside in the hot sun in the middle of summer…
This picture was taken in Ibaraki in July, 2013.
2. Robot Restaurant Big Boob Robot
Hands-down, this is the coolest “car” in this post. And by “car” I mean “motorized vehicle.” A while back, I went to the Robot Restaurant in Kabukicho (click here for the full, amazing account). Like the name suggests, they had a lot of robots. They also had a lot of exotic dancers and strippers. The whole night was raunchy, entertaining, and incredibly not family-friendly.
One of my favorite parts was the Big Boobed, Giant Robot. A line of four robots came out during the last act, with real women riding on the legs, arms, and breasts. It was technically a motorized vehicle, so I say it gets to be included in this post!
This picture was taken in Tokyo in March, 2013.
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