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Japan Word of the Day #80 – Kuro Taku (Different grade of taxis)

Today’s Word is: Kurotaku (黒タク)

Kurotaku is a type of taxis that are a little more upscale than regular taxis, and are generally painted in black. (Kuro = black / Taku = Taxi)
Taxis in Tokyo are typically yellow or green, like these toy cars shown here.

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On the other hand, kurotaku taxis are priced about the same as regular taxis, but they generally use better cars to provide comfortable ride for passengers, and drivers are more experienced.

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The above photo is a Toyota Crown Sedan Super Saloon painted in black for taxi use. Although they can be caught on street like regular taxis, it feels more like riding a hire (ハイヤー)*.

*Hire is another Japanese-coined English word meaning a vehicle for hire. Instead of regular taxis on streets, you can only call a hire to make an appointment. Then the hire company will send you a car to your desired location. Generally it’s more upscale than normal taxis, and its rate is higher than normal taxis. However, they do offer flat rate pricing for long-distance travel, so depending on your destination (such as a ride to airports, golf resorts, etc.), it could end up cheaper than using yellow/green taxis.

Also, another option for traveling in Tokyo is using Uber, as it was launched last year. And of course, the city has huge public transportation services including trains, subways, and buses.
You have lots of traveling options to choose from in Tokyo!

Image sources: Wikipedia, a new life stage for BLADE

Kimba the White Lion Mini Truck Toy! Vintage Mitsubishi Pet Leo by Bandai

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Did you know that in Japan there used to be mini three-wheeled trucks named after Osamu Tezuka’s manga Jungle Emperor Leo (aka Kimba the White Lion in US)? And Bandai made a toy based on them? Well, here it is. 1960’s Mitsubishi Pet Leo toy car by Bandai in superb condition is listed on Yahoo Japan Auction!

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Evangelion Electric Car Charging Stations to be Installed in Town of Hakone

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Panasonic has announced its upcoming release of electric car and plug-in hybrid car charging station, ELSEEV, for January 2014. A couple of functioning stations have been already installed in town of Hakone, and since Hakone is where Evangelion is set (as Tokyo 3), it gets to have Evangelion-themed charging stations!

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