Remembering Japanese cars from the past

Lots of JDM classics in 1Q84!

As you may have noticed I haven’t been posting much lately. The main reason for this is because I’ve been selected as a presenter at the Percona Live MySQL conference in Santa Clara on April 12th. This takes a lot of preparation so I literally have no spare time left till the conference is over.

In the meanwhile one of the preparations was to buy a book for the 11 hour flight from Amsterdam to San Francisco and as Haruki Murakami already is one of my favorite writers I chose his latest book called 1Q84 to be the best choice. Murakami is renowned for his tremendous amount of details in his writing and I’m sure this book certainly won’t disappoint me.
Haruki Murakami 1Q84
I could not resist reading the first chapter and already starts great for a JDM classic fanatic like me: in the first chapter it gets clear that the setting in 1984 and the main character is in a traffic jam. The following cars get mentioned:
1. Toyota Crown Royal Saloon (probably MS120 as it is the new model)
2. Nissan Pajero
3. Suzuki Alto (probably SS40)
4. black Toyota Celica (hopefully a AA63 or TA63 ;) )
So you can guess this really is mind blowing for me: just picturing all these late Showa cars being queued on the Tokyo Expressway 3. Just had to share this joy and recommend reading this book.


  1. Tony

    SF is having the Cherry Blossom festival in Japantown this and next weekend. There is usually a little car show with some old school nissans and toyotas. i’ll be there sunday taking my daughter to the cosplay parade. things you do as a father.

    • banpei

      Thanks for the tip!
      Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it as my flight back is already on Friday afternoon. Would have loved to be there! :(

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