Japan where people are quite sensitive to being photographed or recorded. This put me in a bit of a bind.
|Note the "safety driver" sign in the window|
I noticed that several of the older men, the ones sitting on the comfortable looking chairs in the tent out of the rain, were wearing suits and expensive looking jewelry. We'd have an unpleasant encounter with some right-wingers not long before, and I was feeling nervous about approaching them. In the end it was a non-issue. They were still in the jovial stages of drunkenness and thought it was hilarious that I used honorifics when asking permission to take pictures. They sent the youngest and dampest-looking guy to accompany us and that was all.
I had heard of decorated trucks before, but the first I had heard of these vans was after moving to Kyushu.
There are some great photos from a similar sounding meet up in Honshu here.