One thing about living in Japan: living here will make you a better driver. The combination of driving on narrow roads with many twists and turns, dodging pedestrians walking along the streets that are too narrow for sidewalks, and parking rear-end first into tiny parking spaces, will polish your driving skills so much that you’ll get compliments when you go back home. There’s one problem though — living in Japan will also make you forget anything you ever knew about your car’s engine. Because cars here must receive a special check-up called 車検 sha-ken every two years, which both makes automobiles safer to operate and provides an excuse for people to buy a new car instead of maintaining their old one, it’s customary for drivers to leave every minor technical aspect of their car’s performance up to their car dealer or mechanic. The only time I’ve even lifted the hood (which the Japanese call the “bonnet,” borrowing the British term) is when a stray cat managed to climb into my car’s engine compartment to sleep, only to be ripped to ribbons when I started my car, which was really bizarre and sad.
This is Touhou x Wacky Races fanart.