僕の車 – My Car

One of the most important things I’ve bought since coming here was a car.  Where I live, it was a few mile bike ride through mountains, to get to my closest school, with my furthest distance being around 10 miles away.  Aside from that, it was more or less a necessity to own if I wanted to get to the store or be social.  The last bus from my home to the city is at 7:00pm and the last one from the city to home is around 8:00.  Weekends just don’t end then, so I was always having to stay out overnight.

So I purchased a Honda Life.  I can’t find engine specs for the year, but it has to be hovering around 1 L and a max of 75 horsepower.  It gets around.

Upon buying it, I was filled with feelings of extreme joy.  It was absolutely the same euphoria of turning 16 again, I was free to to world once more.  The job of driving isn’t that hard, though here in Japan, they drive on the opposite side of the road, British style.  It isn’t that it is too hard, but if you switch to auto pilot/zone out mode, mistakes are made.  What the body deems natural happens, and for me, that is driving on the American side of the road…  For me, this has happened twice, where I realize that cars area coming at me head on.  Once it was on a boulevard, so I wans’t able to to turn around.  That was fun.  I’ll get used to it, but I do still find myself going to the wrong side of the car on a regular basis.

 

Here she is in all her glory.

And here is a badass you don’t want to be messing with.  You aren’t even worthy of being looked at.

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