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squeezing it in

Japan can be admired for a lot of things - high-tech electronics, great food and toilet seats that keep your bum warm in winter. However, when it comes to garage building, there appears to be room for improvement.

For some reason, they always make them too small. It's as if they forget to account for the need to open the door when exiting the vehicle. This is why every car in Japan has a sunroof - it's often the only way to get out.

The driver of this car has been spotted entering and exiting it through the rear window, which lines up nicely with the back door of the garage.

Only half of this car gets wet when it rains.

At 7am and 8pm every day, the driver of this vehicle treats everyone in his neighbourhood to a noisy ten minute scraping performance as he desperately tries to get it in and out of the driveway.

This car was parked here in 2004 and has not moved since due to it being wedged between the walls. The owner knows that when he finally decides to risk it and drive off, half of his house will go with him.

Whoever lives here went to the other extreme and built a small house for their car.

A garage for two cars would be impossible with such limited space, so this owner decided to build an elevating ramp to take care of things.

It seems that in Japan, to have a really big garage, you have to have a really small car.
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On Tuesday, 19 June, 2007, Blogger Justin Ray said:

Next time anyone I know complains about the lack of space in their two-car garages lined with toolchests, I'll direct them to your site, friend.  

On Wednesday, 20 June, 2007, Blogger tornados28 said:

I like the last picture. In crowded cities, that makes alot of sense. Americans like convenience though and would never like having to move the bottom car in order to get to the top car. Those other garages are rediculous.  

On Wednesday, 20 June, 2007, Blogger LSL said:

These are great. I love the garages that store cars on top of each other. Why don't we do that here? And the round-a-bout circle thing to get into them. I loved it when my American friends would visit. That thing would always freak them out.

I got my car stuck in an alley once in Fukuoka. It was stuck on both sides; the alley wasn't big enough for the car. Bummer.  

On Thursday, 21 June, 2007, Blogger csmmacd said:

seriously.. how do they get into the cars?? or get out of it for that matter??  

On Thursday, 21 June, 2007, Blogger Invader Stu said:

Do any of them have any paint work left on the sides?  

On Friday, 29 June, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hahaha yeah they are masters at parking =D  

On Tuesday, 07 August, 2007, Anonymous Alex Case said:

Do they take off the handbreak, get out, close the car door, push them back in by hand???  

On Tuesday, 29 December, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

One way streets are also hilarious in Japan. The number of taxi drivers you see reversing around is amazing!!
Bit off topic but just thought I would say it anyway.  

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