Japanese Decorated Trucks!

1e5e268a47f95e8b3943ff049b3d2d3f 2fc09afffca505a54f7e00c2052cae20 3b8683578fd978acce424c3a1e88ee0f 6e4819da2a0e1d281e379d1c3fdc865d 42f1cd5745ab355ae610c948847be149 66ac756a1dc70bfa5bca65bbd8b3bec2 79ec8f83245822f5d74e00b042e56819 94dc03a4c8479273811f5552eb804d80 946ad6ce985888f8d2155b9176240980 3422bb7316ede8c563b022d9762a3d76 b18de468f51caa7bef5a5acbf3169cf0 c6214b696044ebb4629446a5504b60ba d8f5affe8a7f2c846ea7f406fc35ea5b d8792d3dfd8e7f8a01d2ea5868ed17b4 eff8d916f36d16d0c2cc252bedf19b8f

In the summer of 1998, I started to take photos of the Japanese decorated truck, DECOTORA. More I take photos and more communicate with the drivers, I noticed that most of them have conscientious personality. Why the truck drivers who are so devoted to their jobs, so earnest that even look mismatch with their flashy trucks, decorating own trucks so excessively?

One of the drivers who got friendly with told me. “At first, I never liked this job. But I had to love my job to live, so I started to decorate my truck.” Their job is tough and lonely. Thery are sometimes away from home for over a week and sleep inside the truck. The risk for death is besetting with long-distance driving. But they never can get worth money for it.

They can’y keep driving without pride. I think DECOTORA is an expression of each driver’s pride.

Masaru Tatsuki