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pimp my (barge) ride

When a friend told me recently that a barge had just cruised into town, images of ye olde English narrowboats crawling along the canals of Osaka immediately came to mind.

It was a scene I didn't want to miss, and I rushed along to get a glimpse of a boat that I thought would be something like this....

...being steered by a man who looked a bit like this....

...but instead I saw a strange looking fella like this....

....steering a guaranteed-to-give-little-children-nightmares barge - like this....

A little baby driver with a bloody great dragon behind it.

It wasn't quite what I'd been expecting, I mean, I can hardly imagine it plying the peaceful waters of the Trent and Mersey canal....

Actually I wouldn't mind seeing it plying the peaceful waters of the Trent and Mersey canal....

It's a barge quite unlike any other....

Fun for all the family!

According to this article, artist Kenji Yanobe is hoping that when people see his fire-breathing teeth-gnashing fearsome looking creation, they will "think about peace"....

Here's an alternative image that might cause people to think about peace....

....though on second thoughts, this one is far more interesting....

A peaceful fire-breathing dragon barge.

Here you can watch the barge doing things that barges don't normally do....

Video from here
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On Monday, 12 October, 2009, Anonymous downundersugarglider said:

Just another reason why I love Japan .... from a distance .... such as australia  

On Monday, 12 October, 2009, Anonymous Invader_Stu said:

It makes me think of peace...

..peace under a dragon lord that will burn us all to a crisp if we are not peaceful.  

On Tuesday, 13 October, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

Toast maker anyone? Everyone knows toast = peace. In fact, I'm eating toast right now, and I'm not at war. I envisage a fleet of these barges bringing toasted peace to war torn areas.

Oh Japan, is there anything you can't do?  

On Wednesday, 14 October, 2009, Anonymous wes said:

so this is where my ward tax money has been going!  

On Sunday, 18 October, 2009, Anonymous kahsubab said:

that is actually quite cool. would be nice to see such a thing down the Grand Union canal.  

On Monday, 19 October, 2009, Anonymous S in Shanghai said:

Impressing. I'm planning a trip to Japan, and now I have a goal!

For some reason it is just the way I imagine Smaug The Great (the dragon part of the barge) charging after the dwarfs and Bilbo.


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