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Pixar's Cars Gets Real And Freaky In Japan

This is a Suzuki Twin with a deeply disturbing “smile bumper” (スマイルバンバー or sumairu banpaa) that probably should not exist. But yet, it does.

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While I’ve never seen one in real-life here in Japan, these bumpers do sometimes pop up in online auctions.

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[Image: masa_aoyagi]
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[Image: masa_aoyagi]
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They appear to be made in Saitama, Japan, so for now, the smile bumpers might be coming out of a single custom body shop.

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They have been spotted on Twitter and Instagram.

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So, it seems, this isn’t a widespread trend and THANK GOD FOR THAT.


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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

If you’re going to drive a toy like car, embrace it. Seeing these would lighten my mood on a daily commute. Much better than eyelashes on Beetles.