I do a fair bit of driving, often over 300km per week, so I encounter quite a few weird vehicles and people on the roads. Here are some:
First up is an ancient Nissan Cedric wagon which was being driven by an elderly man with elderly male passenger. Not entirely unusual, though the age of the car is somewhat. The weird thing was the police lights, which were flashing. The car had no markings whatsoever indicating that it belonged to any company or organisation. I thought of handing this photo into the police in fact, because back in Oz you can’t have flashing lights on a car without authorisation, but as they didn’t have a siren on and were driving normally, I ignored it like everyone else did.
Going surfing? This car is obviously done up to promote a company, but you have to admit, it’s quite cute. Occasionally I see them around town look rather plain, but it was unexpected to see one done up this way.
Wait, that’s not a Lexus! It’s a clever idea though. I think Toyota should just ditch the inferior Lexus CT250H and re-badge a Prius instead, to be honest. It looks a lot cooler.
Many people in Japan ride around on scooters, as you don’t need a motorbike licence to do so. Women from young to old often do on the huge variety available. What do you don’t see so often is a woman on a larger bike, especially on a huge bike such as this.
Over here in Fukuoka, there aren’t as many fast or interesting cars compared to the other big cities of Japan, though it’s possible to encounter the awesome Nissan Skyline GTR, I’d never seen a Nismo GTR before. More awesome than awesome? I very much wish I’d had my regular camera with me when I encountered this in the car park.
There are weirdly named shops here too. This “Moto Garage” sign has a most interesting description in English.
I came across a guy who was wheeling his food cart through a major intersection one time too.
I found a car with a sofa on the dashboard too.
If you are familiar with American cars, here is a Chevy lowrider. You can just make out the group name badge behind the rear windscreen. Usually Japanese lowrider cars are Hondas and similar, which I admit looks very odd. I can’t help wondering if his number plate is the actual year of the car. Someone who knows Chevys well will have to tell me.
So that’s my recent collection of the weird and wonderful I’ve come across out on the roads of Fukuoka.