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Old 04-03-2006, 09:13 AM   #1
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Outback Sport A little history behind the STI pink (cherry blossom red)

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Monday, April 3rd 2006 - Cherry Blossom Viewing
Yoshino, Japan

Every year after the bleak winter skies disappear, tens of millions of Japanese flock to parks in pursuit of hanami, or cherry blossom viewing. When a gentle breeze carries snowflake-size pink-and-white petals fluttering to the ground, it is easy to understand the Japanese passion for these ephemeral blossoms. In Tokyo, city-dwelling office workers make do with nighttime hanami, sake-drinking parties, in the large Ueno Park. But purists and hanami connoisseurs head for Yoshino Mountain in the Yoshino-Kumano National Park, not far from Nara and Kyoto, Japan's first capital cities. The mountain is covered with tens of thousands of centuries-old white mountain cherry trees that, depending on their altitude, bloom at different times, usually beginning in early April.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:06 AM   #2
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:22 PM   #3
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Good stuff. I find Japanese culture so facinating. One of my dreams is to go Japan to sk (and do other things, of course). I've seen pictures of Japanese folks skiing in full head-to-toe animal mascot garb. That's awesome.
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:49 PM   #4
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Its a good thing the STi wasnt done here to begin with. I could see it now, the farmers all letting out the ground hog to see what kind of year it was gonna be. We would have Ground hogs on the sides of our car. And the logo would be brown instead of pink
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Old 04-03-2006, 05:58 PM   #5
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well, we got the rally pig!
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:09 PM   #6
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^^^ LoL. On a completely separate note I might be getting stationed in japan soon. If you guys need jdm parts sourced while I'm over there let me know
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:30 PM   #7
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That's pretty interesting. Japan is a weird wild place that seems to be in touch with parts of themselves that quite a few Westerners would find squirmy. Maybe that comes from being devastated twice by A-bombs and having a long rich history of being warriors, poets, and philosophers. A certain "some things are more important" attitude must develop which spurs on their unquenchable verve for life.

Plus I'm sure they are scared of Mothra coming back. That's why they "live in the moment".
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:35 PM   #8
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Its a good thing the STi wasnt done here to begin with. I could see it now, the farmers all letting out the ground hog to see what kind of year it was gonna be. We would have Ground hogs on the sides of our car. And the logo would be brown instead of pink
Cherry blossoms are big in Washington/the East Coast. But yeah, imagine if it was a US car, and they came up with a color from the Jersey headquarters
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Old 04-03-2006, 08:20 PM   #9
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^^^ LoL. On a completely separate note I might be getting stationed in japan soon. If you guys need jdm parts sourced while I'm over there let me know
Anything. Absolutely anything.
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Old 04-03-2006, 08:25 PM   #10
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Cherry blossoms are big in Washington/the East Coast. But yeah, imagine if it was a US car, and they came up with a color from the Jersey headquarters
Some of the cherry trees in Washington DC are from Japan so that makes sense.

Oh and yes Japan Is awsome.

http://www.infobears.ne.jp/athome/yosihiro/esiro000.htm

Got to climb to the top of this 13 years ago. I want to get back someday.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:14 PM   #11
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I would love to see a race at Fuji speedway.Like the JGTC.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:36 PM   #12
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That's pretty interesting. Japan is a weird wild place that seems to be in touch with parts of themselves that quite a few Westerners would find squirmy. Maybe that comes from being devastated twice by A-bombs and having a long rich history of being warriors, poets, and philosophers. A certain "some things are more important" attitude must develop which spurs on their unquenchable verve for life.

Plus I'm sure they are scared of Mothra coming back. That's why they "live in the moment".
Huh? Unquenchable verve for life? Do you actually know any Japanese people? And which parts of themselves are you saying the Japanese touch that Americans wouldn't?

If you get a chance to ever spend some time there you'll realize that the everyday Japanese person isn't really all that different from the everyday American. I mean, at the extreme ends of the culture, there's some weird stuff going, but that's true of any culture.

However, great original post. The cherry blossoms are awesome. The ones in Washington, D.C. are great, but if you really want to see a great cherry blossom festival you've got to go to Japan.
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thats very interesting about the STi pink...

interestingly enough, a lot of Japanese culture was "adopted" from Chinese culture, mostly from the Tang dynasty.
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...and some from Korea.
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:31 AM   #15
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My friend from Tokyo just sent me some beautiful pix from the Cherry Blossom Festival.
All I can say is the next time I go it will be during this time of year.
Simply spectacular scenery.
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:39 AM   #16
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Not why subaru picked cherry blossom red for the corporate color.
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:06 AM   #17
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^^^ Yea. Actually Subaru picked Cherry Blossom Red (Pink to us Westerners) as the STi trademark color because it's such a badass color that strikes fear into the hearts of the competition! Grrrr, PINK!!! The same reason pop star Pink chose 'Pink' as her name - because she's a BADASS!!!

Pink/Cherry Blossom Red = the new Black (circa 1988, anyways)
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:33 AM   #18
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mine just started blooming this year.... nice!
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Old 04-04-2006, 11:39 AM   #19
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That's pretty interesting. Japan is a weird wild place that seems to be in touch with parts of themselves that quite a few Westerners would find squirmy. Maybe that comes from being devastated twice by A-bombs and having a long rich history of being warriors, poets, and philosophers. A certain "some things are more important" attitude must develop which spurs on their unquenchable verve for life.

Plus I'm sure they are scared of Mothra coming back. That's why they "live in the moment".
Here's the deal, or part of it anyway, from what I can tell:

1) Japan is a very small, tall (mountainous) place without many open spaces, and it is literally teeming with people.

2) Japan is a rice-farming country without a lot of other options for producing food.

3) Despite how it looks on the map, it is extremely hard to get from Japan to the mainland via sailing ship. So once people got there they were very isolated.

So you have a culture that values politeness and composure because its the only way you can live with masses of people in your face all day every day; a culture that values hard work and cooperation, because rice is extremely labor-intensive; and a culture that is really very aware of how different it is from the outside world due to the fact that it was able to develop for so long without a lot of outside influence.

Due to the fact that Japan is a volcanic archipelago in the typhoon central, they are reallly used to nature bringing them large-scale disasters. They are tough folk who can endure a lot and bounce right back and thrive; that's why they came right out of being decimated in the 1940s (there was so much more to that than the tragedy of being bombed, btw, but that's a topic for a better medium than this thread) and developed into one of the world's leading economic powers.

There is this little facet to the Japanese people that I have always found really interesting, and that is how Japanese folks who decide to step off the beaten path in one way or another - either by getting into some kind of counter-culture, or by pursuing their own antique traditions like martial arts, or by spending all of their money on modifying a car - do so with absolutely every fiber of their being. They don't do things halfway. I think this is because their whole culture is set up to do things in little groups rather than on one's own, so as soon as they step into something they have a bunch of friends with similar interests to compete with and support.

So in summary Japan = neat.
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Gozirrraaa!!!
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Pink is viewed differently in Japan.
Its actually a masculine color .
Def different from here.

Japan rocks, either way!
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The cherry blossom bloom in Washington DC is a pretty cool sight. I've gone down during the height of the bloom for the past 2 years that I have lived here. I'm sure it's nothing like they have in Japan, but it's a celebration nontheless. The few thousand trees lining the capitol area and the tidal pool near the Jefferson memorial are actually a gift from Japan, given way back in 1912!
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...They don't do things halfway. I think this is because their whole culture is set up to do things in little groups rather than on one's own, so as soon as they step into something they have a bunch of friends with similar interests to compete with and support.

So in summary Japan = neat.
thats very true, and thats probably why japanese cars are the most reliable cars in the world... they have a passion and sense of pride in what they do... not to knock on american cars... but the manufacturers dont seem to share that same sense of passion for their products, they would rather Fix Or Repair Daily
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It's cherry blossom season now in Japan. Unfortunately for me, that means my allergies are in full force as well.
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