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Sunday, February 4

This Can't Be Legal

Driving down Route 16 on the way to take my last final, I saw this...
Fumbling for my camera, I slowed down and managed to catch a quick shot of this truck before I quickly sped away out of a pure fear from the likely probability of a combustive reaction.

That is indeed an open stove in the back of his truck WITH a lit fire. Completing the picture was the smoke that billowed out of the stove pipe. This guy even thought to have fire wood at the ready to restoke the fire.

But what, pray tell, would you ever need a stove on the back of your truck for? Have the Japanese invented a new fuel source which only takes a lit flame eminating from the back of your truck? Oh, and the only one tiny side effect of putting anyone within 100 kilometers at serious risk? Seriously, how does this Japanese society consider this a safe practice considering the others who are put-put-ing along behind you? If you have an answer, please share. Because I am most certainly baffled at this one.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The truck with the lit fire in the back is selling "yaki imo" or baked sweet potatoes. They are still quite common here in Japan. Like yourself, I have often wondered if they aren't a fire hazard, however I have never heard of one of those trucks blowing up.

Mike S said...

Those little trucks used to be a very welcome sight on cold days when ya just wanted a unique snack. Don't care for sweet potatos as a rule, but those were always good for some reason.

Aime said...

I love the little "advertising song" that accompanies such trucks. On cold days I hear it all day long as trucks patrol around Negishi Shinrin Coen!

Ginny said...

I love those sweet potatoes. Nothing like one of them to warm you up on a winter day in Japan!

Heather Meadows said...

I've been to Japan twice and never tried one! Guess I need to go back! ;D