2011年9月26日月曜日

car adornments

I have become quite desensitized to car embellishments since living here.

My neighbour's sweet young daughter in law drives their 2 yo granddaughter around in a car with a marijuana leaf air freshener swinging from her rear vision mirror.

Amy's kinder teacher's car looks like kittychan threw up in there. The entire interior is pink, lacy, frilly and emblazoned with pictures of the mouthless cat.

Neighbour A's 18 year old daughter's car on the other hand looks like she could rent it out as a mobile satanic altar. If it's not black it's dark purple. If it doesn't have a skull on it it has two. Or a cross. Or both and a dagger.

And that's just the cars I see regularly. Really, it seems anything goes here. I have seen curtains on the front passenger windows of a car, I've seen kids hanging out the windows, dogs being 'walked' behind k- trucks etc etc. I thought I'd seen it all.

Until this morning when I was stopped at a red light here in the village. Waiting to cross an intersection I was trying to make out what the car opposite had on their dash. It looked like not one but two boxes of tissues in furry tissue box covers.

Quite possible, really.

Until one of the tissue box covers moved.

And not in a bobble-head dash ornament kind of way.

It scratched itself.

That's when the light changed and as I passed the car I realised what I was looking at.

Cats!

The guy had two cats basking in the sunshine on his dashboard as he drove around town at 8:30 in the morning.

As you do.

Or rather as you hopefully don't!

1 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

I love this post! It's completely true. Cars really are decorated totally and completely different here aren't they?

Have you ever seen a van, that has extra moldings on it. It looks like it has horns or something on it. I've seen around 4-5.

We also have seen a car that was all lit up and glowed just like on the Money Pit. It was dark we were driving and this glowing car passed us going the opposite way. I laughed so hard tears came out when I saw that illuminated car!

One mom, that picks up her child who goes to school with Branden. She has all silver trim on her purplish colored car and she has jet black velvet black-out curtains for the side windows with little dingle balls at the end. I thought it was so weird every time I saw it when Branden was in the first grade. Still thought it was deeply strange when Branden was in the 2nd grade. By the 3rd and 4th grade, I'm sort of used to it by now. : )

The stuffed animals stuffed to the brim inside cars always make me wonder if they can see properly though. I see cars with like 30-50 stuffed animals on the dashboard. Is their vision impaired in any way at all? I do still wonder that. : )

We've also seen a huge standard poodle in the passenger seat, we were driving, we both thought from a distance, wow what an ugly and strange looking passenger in that car. As we got closer, hey, that's not a person at all...that's a dog! @_@ And we have seen 1 cat in the car, but in the back of the window not the front. That caused a chuckle form us too. One thing....Japan is never boring. : )