Japanese Taxi Cabs: A Brief Photo Intro (GALLERY)

J-Taxis by Jordan Yerman - AkihabaraNews.com

Not Only are They Everywhere...
Japanese taxis are the most beautiful (and expensive) pieces of road-candy you could ever hope to see.

They exist in their own little auto-industry universe, still rocking the far-forward wing-mirrors for optimizing both the driver’s sight-lines and the passenger’s privacy.

The rear door opens remotely, so you can pretend to use The Force when getting in, and you can pay with your Suica card if you’ve fed the penguin properly.

Further, there should be a separate synonym for “stoic,” one that only applies to Japanese cab drivers, whose faces read like odometers about to flip from all those city miles.


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Editors' Note:
Contributor Jordan Yerman is a freelance writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia where he’s the City Affairs and Entertainment Editor for the Vancouver Observer. We’re pretty sure he really likes Japan.

His other contributions include a meditation on the roots of contemporary Japanese art and its effect on global pop culture: The Cat in the Bag: Inventing Japanese Pop Art, and, if you want to get hip to robots and the kindly automation that factors into everyday Japanese life, give this one a go: Conversations with my Shower and other Friendly Japanese Machines.





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