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Photo of The Century: Ginza, Tokyo

The title is not about me inflating my ego about the quality or importance of this shot: the car is a Toyota Century, the sumptuous limousine with hand-crafted coachwork and interior. Ginza is full of these things, this particular one being garaged in a quiet backstreet at the home of a limousine company. The Century is the default mode of carriage of politicians and gangsters alike. A refined burble lets you know that under the traditional and - for some - slightly boring outer skin is a sizeable engine. 5-Litres of V12 engine in fact. The price? For a basic model, all yours for 11\ Million.

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