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What's Up With The Japanese Scooter Tuner Crowd?

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Japan rightly sits near the top of the world's strange automotive trend setters. What is cool in the United States now is so two years ago for our pals over in the land of the rising sun, so it pains us to speculate that overly gaudy tuner scooters will be the next big trend over here. Hell, people are already installing media centers in them. Our Japanese-savvy friends over at Pink Tentacle have rounded up some of the more unusual looking tuner-scooters from Japan and we're more confused than titillated. A low rider scooter? That's just asking for trouble. [Pink Tentacle]

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ash78
Ash78, voting early and often

I can't imagine what it would be like to live in a country the size of California, but with half the US population. And then 95% of the people are from the same ethnic and cultural background. So it's almost like having a blank, homogeneous slate with every form of expression you choose. Otherwise, how can you readily stand out? It's no wonder they are probably the most extreme with many their inventions and styles. What an interesting contrast of ancient social structure and wild modernist tendencies.

They can keep the Elvis impersonators and panty vending machines, though.