Tokyo by Chris Labrooy

The continuation of Chris Labrooy’s auto elastic explorations. This project draws for Japan’s rich car culture and features the Honda NSX, Datsun 240Z, Datsun Skyline GTR and the Toyota AE86. The Locale is inspired by Tokyo and Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin capsule tower.


Tokyo 2061 on Flickr.

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Sentimental music has this great way of taking you back somewhere at the same time that it takes you forward, so you feel nostalgic and hopeful all at the same time // Nick Hornby.


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France : Transports MASTERPOST

So I noticed on a few fics so far a misunderstanding that kind of irks me everytime (don’t take it personally, I’m kind of a psychopath, that is)


In most european countries, taxis/cabs are the LAST transport you EVER use.

Meaning that cabs are so expansive in Europe compared to the sub, buses, trams, bicycles, feet that people simply hardly ever call them.


Man even breathing is expansive (Any parisians out there, don’t hit me please, I am not trying to offend)

So please, when you write a miraculous fic, forget the existence of taxis. Unless it’s 3am and the person needs to go safely back home and has a very kind person to pay that expansive inhuman thing of a taxi for them.

Right, Adrien?

Describe the metro instead, or the bus, or a great walk, but forget taxis.

Now since this is a masterpost, here are some parisian transport names and infos :

  • RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) : This is the one company that manages all the public transports in Ile-De-France (including Paris since it’s there). Meaning you’ll find its logos on the buses, on the subway, tramway and RER trains. I’ll be advising you to go check their website for a better Paris description in your work.
  • Metro : Those are the parisian subways. It is about 14 lines which makes it one of the thickest metro network in the world. It’s also about 303 metro stations, so be careful to check a metro map while writing. That could definitely come in handy since Paris is known to have a metro station every 500m which is definitely amazing. You can make your characters take the metro from everywhere. Do not forget that the parisian metro is different from that of New York because it stops at each station and does not have express lines.
  • Bus : I wouldn’t remember exactly but I think that there are specific bus roads in Paris that keeps them from the traffic. This makes it such that buses are rarely ever late and an actual very efficient and cheap way to travel through the city. There are 347 bus lines in Ile-De-France, linking Paris to the suburbs (Or neighbouring districts) so the network is definitely very wide. You can even see Mari take the bus in the Mr. Pigeon episode.
  • Tramway : Trams do not exist in Paris, so forget them as well. You can still find them north though in Seine Saint Denis, which is where the Stadium Of France is (in case you want a soccer match :) ) and Châtillon in the south-west of Paris.
  • RER (Réseau Express Régional d’Ile-De-France) : Basically a sort of intraregional train network. This one is managed by both the RATP and the national SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer) and links Paris to its suburbs. It’s between a train, and a subway train, as it has the efficiency of the latter (2 minutes between each train) and the capacity and looks of an actual train. You may want your characters to take this one during the day to go to Villepinte for example. The RER lines, despite being connected to railway stations, are also linked to the metro lines, which makes it easy to use them. I would seriously advise you to be careful while describing because it may be dangerous at times.
  • Taxi : FORGET THEM. A minimum price would be 7€, compared to the 1.5€ of a subway ticket that would take you twice as far as a taxi. Moreover, calling them to pick you right at your door adds to the price and makes it just plain impossible to deal with it on a regular basis. I repeat, only use it for extreme cases.

I hope that I was clear with the transports! Point out for me if I forgot things, and I hope that it will lessen the fic holes :))