Japanese car colour conformity?

With Japan being home to the most pre-eminent automobile makers on the planet, it’s perhaps not surprising that the nation’s motorists have a copious collection of cars to pick from, all the way from the comical, to the economical.

However, when it comes to choosing a colour, the sizeable selection is obviously too much for most, with a staggeringly large number of new owners simply settling on silver.

small Japanese car

Or, for those looking to be a bit more fun, but at the same time still fit in, white would appear to be the way to go.

small Japanese car

Japanese drinks #4: Lemon love

When it comes to lemon-based beverages, Japanese vending machines have a veritable glut of such goods, with even Pepsi recently succumbing to a splash of citrus with its slightly sickly summer special.

But for the leader in all things lemon, it has to be Lemon’s Lemon. A drink that supposedly contains a staggering 50 of the oval offerings, which is a considerable amount for such a tiny container.

Japanese drink

This concentration apparently making it good for all manner of maladies,

Japanese drink

with a quick slurp,

Japanese drink

quickly sorting one out.

Japanese drink

Oh, and as far as taste goes, it’s not too bad, although it is somewhat citrusy.

Tiring Tokyo?

A recent survey by Monocle magazine claims that the Japanese capital is the third-most liveable city in the world, which, in many ways, may not be too far from the truth.

However, with its technology and terrific rates of transformation, for the elderly at least, Tokyo it seems can be terribly tiring.

Japanese drink

Japanese hospital haikyo (part 2)

In part 1 (go here for a gander), the lower floors of Keishin Hospital’s abandoned shell offered little apart from dereliction and destruction, but higher up, the building’s wall-cum-canvases are a genuine goldmine of graffiti,

Japanese haikyo graffiti

with a varied collection of characters peering out from the plaster,

Japanese haikyo graffiti

and at the same time presenting little in the way of privacy.

Japanese haikyo graffiti

However, this focus on the human form,

Japanese haikyo graffiti

soon turns to more faithful reproductions, with faces,

Japanese haikyo graffiti

and especially foreign ones,

Japanese haikyo graffiti

being most favoured.

Japanese haikyo graffiti

Plus, the female figure in particular,

Japanese haikyo graffiti

is a firm favourite.

Japanese haikyo graffiti

Although despite seeing a different drawing at each turn, the biggest surprise of the whole hospital haikyo was the appearance of some rather more real faces.

Japanese haikyo graffiti

(click images for grander-sized graffiti)

*Huge thanks to Mike in Japan for kindly supplying a map to the hospital, and, needless to say, his own hike round the ruin is well worth a look.

Japanese intoxication indoctrination

For Japanese youngsters looking to emulate their father by swilling down a few swift ones, there’s a veritable cornucopia of kids’ beer to choose from. Or at least a couple of big brands anyway, along with some seasonal specials for added selection.

But far from being just a cynical attempt to give young tots a longing for the odd lager, it is in fact an essential introduction into the occasionally convoluted conventions of alcohol consumption. This poster in particular offering practical advice on pouring, as well as the essential purr of pleasure after the initial slurp has passed one’s lips.

Japanese kids beer

Then, once mastered, the temptation of any tipple’s perfect partner, tobacco, can be tentatively introduced.

Japanese kids cigarettes

Japanese hospital haikyo (part 1)

Having somewhat unsteadily stepped onto the abandoned buildings (haikyo) bandwagon with a rummage round a ramshackle restaurant along with a look at a long since used love hotel, the discovery of a dismally decaying hospital was a delight.

Japanese haikyo

From the building’s exterior, the far from pristine nature of Keishin Hospital is painfully clear, and inside, a mixture of plants and people have taken their toll, with greenery,

Japanese haikyo

and especially graffiti, in the ascendancy.

Japanese haikyo

As a result, the reception area is presumably more colourful than it once was, although it was hardly patients aplenty.

Japanese haikyo

Which, considering the awful state of the apparatus, is perhaps as well.

Japanese haikyo

And, on the lower floors at least, less creative creatures now cast a long shadow,

Japanese haikyo

having wreaked havoc on the blighted building – the kitchens,

Japanese haikyo

and corridors in particular,

Japanese haikyo

offering little of their past life.

Japanese haikyo

But although the lift was very much out of service,

Japanese haikyo

the stairs were still accessible, and higher up,

Japanese haikyo

artwork rather than annihilation was much more to the fore, with a fare amount of it of a phenomenally high standard. Photos of which, can be seen here in part 2.

(click images for higher-res haikyo hospital)