Riders on the storm

When it comes to motorbikes, a Honda or Kawasaki may well go on forever, and maybe even further, but for many Japanese motorcyclists, a Harley of some kind or another is the machine to have — their shape and especially sound offering something that domestic bikes simply don’t seem to have.

Japanese Harley Davidson

Yet that said, as marvellous looking as this monster may be, its not exactly suitable for work wheels,

Japanese Harley Davidson

might well be considered way more than just a worry.

Japanese Harley Davidson

All you need is love

Spread around the country there are temples and shrines for all kinds of things, from not failing a test to fertility and phenomenal phalluses. Yet even in Japan, where babies aren’t exactly bountiful, Jishu shrine’s offer of everlasting love still seems more unlikely than landing a little ’un.

Not, or course, that such cynicism stops young hopefuls from nervously tackling the task of navigating their way between the temple’s two presumably super-powered stones with their eyes firmly shut.

Japanese love shrine

As a successful bid, hence their struggles, is said to bring a life filled with happiness instead of heartbreak.

Japanese love shrine

Which these two, perhaps foolishly, think they’ve found.

Japanese love shrine

Laughably believing that love is all you need.

Magnificently proportioned melons

Every year it seems, the media happily mentions the arrival of the season’s first gorgeously un-globe-like members of the gourd family, complete with a picture of several Japanese ladies happily handling a plethora of marvellously proportioned melons.

However, seeing such beauties in the wild as it were is still relatively rare, but they are indeed real,

Japanese square watermelon

and really not very round.

Japanese square watermelon

Inconceivably colourful car

Despite there being no shortage of variations to pick from when purchasing a new vehicle in Japan, a huge number of cars — approximately 78.56% at a rough count — are somewhat insipidly either silver or white. A decision that apparently has something to do with these two colours being easier to sell second-hand, which may, or indeed may not, be true.

However, regardless of the possible reasons, for some at least this kind of favouritism is unfathomable, with one or two even going as far as countering such conformity by not only opting for a less common colour,

Japanese custom car

but also a combination of all those currently classified.

Japanese custom car

Along with a dozen or so others that were previously deemed undocumented.

Japanese custom car

We all live in a silver submarine

Well, OK, it might not be a submarine, but it is silver.

Tokyo house

Plus, with its metal panelled appearance,

Tokyo house

it certainly looks more sea-bound than suburban.

Tokyo house

Along with the added bonus of a bow-like balcony that DiCaprio and Winslet would look only marginally out of place on.

Tokyo house

Maybe.