Exhibition celebrates Japanese cars

Japanese design is being celebrated in a motoring-themed exhibition at the Science Museum which features unusual cars and bonsai trees.

Japan Car, which opens on Saturday, has been created by a graphic designer and an architect and is sponsored by seven Japanese motor manufacturers.

It aims to explore the idea of the car as a "mobile cell" and examines the future of transport in overcrowded 21st century cities.

Exhibits include 14 cars from the past decade alongside conceptual models, including the Nissan PIVO2 and Toyota i-REAL, arranged alongside Japanese bonsai, art and design.

Kenya Hara, the exhibition's curator, said: "The Japan Car exhibition has been created to give a clear and comprehensive view of the characteristics and circumstances behind Japanese cars today.

"Although the history of cars in Japan began with an attempt to emulate the West's automotive technology and culture, the context of Japanese lifestyles and Japan's particular route to industrial development has given Japan's cars their own unique characteristics and individuality."

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