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✦ Small and smart: Kei cars

Kei car, K-car, or kei jidōsha (軽自動車, lit. "light automobile") (pronounced [keːdʑidoːɕa]), is a Japanese category of small vehicles, including passenger cars (kei cars or kei-class cars), microvans, and pickup trucks (kei trucks or kei-class trucks). They are designed to comply with Japanese government tax and insurance regulations, and in most rural areas are exempted from the requirement to certify that adequate parking is available for the vehicle. This especially advantaged class of cars was developed to popularize motorization in the postwar era. While successful in Japan, the genre is generally too specialized and too small to be profitable in export markets. (Wikipedia)

  1. f/2.2
  2. 1/30 sec
  3. 4.15mm
  4. ISO 160

Kei car, Koyasan

  1. f/4
  2. 1/250 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Kei car, Koyasan

  1. f/2.2
  2. 1/30 sec
  3. 4.15mm
  4. ISO 125

Kei car, Koyasan

  1. f/2.2
  2. 1/690 sec
  3. 4.15mm
  4. ISO 32

Kei car, Hakone

  1. f/2.2
  2. 1/60 sec
  3. 4.15mm
  4. ISO 40

Kei car, Hakone

  1. f/2.2
  2. 1/120 sec
  3. 4.15mm
  4. ISO 50

Kei car, Hakone

  1. f/2.2
  2. 1/300 sec
  3. 4.15mm
  4. ISO 32

Kei car, Kyoto

  1. f/2.2
  2. 1/230 sec
  3. 4.15mm
  4. ISO 32

Kei car, Hakone