it’s always fascinating to see what is going on over in Japan. Some of the craziest, jaw-dropping things come out of their culture. Usually, when it comes to automobiles, we think of small and reliable cars or completely insane modified hatchbacks. We don’t usually think of vans. We’re talking about vans like you used to see in the ’70s in America. Customized, pimped-out rides that were one part awesome, one part cool and three parts creepy.
There are some huge differences between those American custom conversion vans of the ’70s and the vans that have emerged from Japan’s completely insane vanning culture. In Japan, they are completely over the top and wild. It’s customization taken to an entirely different level.
The vans usually have bizarre themes, like Beauty & The Beast or Lilo & Stitch, they are covered in lights and most have odd spike-like things poking out from them, like some sort of twisted robot dinosaur.
Almost all have ground spoilers built in that serve no purpose other than the lengthen the van and look like they would be a nightmare to drive over a speedbump with. Some have a solution for that:
Some have more conventional themes, like comic book characters.
Batman, for example:
There are some crossover things with the American culture, like ground effects and of course, booming stereos:
We could seriously look at pictures of these all day and dream about how many spikes we would put on on ours if we had one.
Who wants to start a Japanese-style van club in America? We’re all in!