As I gazed across the street at the magnificent Sangedatsu-mon gate of Zojoji Temple, a bright green car pulled up in front of me. It was a retro car that had paused to make a right turn, and upon closer inspection, it turned out to be an old Skyline. I wondered if this was what the world called a Hakosuka.
The Hakosuka is the third generation of the Nissan Skyline. It was called "Hakosuka" because of its angular body shape, meaning that it looked like a boxy skyline. The car was sold between 1968 and 1972, so it was sold half a century ago.
I don't know how many miles the green Hakosuka in front of me has traveled so far. In any case, it must have been well taken care of by its previous owners to still be running today.
From another point of view, automobiles have not changed much from half a century ago, although they have evolved in many small ways. Cars still run on the ground using mechanical energy extracted from internal combustion engines, and while they were flying in the world of 2015 as depicted in "Back to the Future Part 2," released in 1989, they are still running on the ground in the real world of 2022. But in the real world of 2022, we are still driving on the ground. We still need a lot of help to take off.
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