Why are most coasters in Japan painted white?

Tuesday, March 16, 2004 11:07 AM
Is it a cultural thing or an esthetic preference?
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 11:12 AM
The white is not actually paint. It's a special earthquake-proof coating. Required under the building code. ;)
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 11:37 AM
I heard it's because they're all racists.
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 11:39 AM
But wouldn't they be yellow instead? I'm confused.
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 11:41 AM
Austrilia coasters are white quite a bit, too... so I think it's more of a Eastern hemisphere thing.
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 12:34 PM
Or maybe there just aren't enough of them to make a generalization that they are mostly white?
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 2:58 PM
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 3:03 PM

Oh, wait.....on the white thing (got caught up for a sec, darn that Dave Chappelle)...I think it's mostly cultural, or maybe they got a good deal on some white paint at Sam's Club....;)

Tuesday, March 16, 2004 3:05 PM
They have as well a fare share of pastel pink and pastel blue! Actually EVERYTHING is somehow pastel in Japan. They really seem to like those soft colours.

A little story:
My companion and me were driving towards Mt. Fuji (in a white car) with some fellow Japanese, who didnĀ“t speak english too well. While listening to obscure japanese Rockabilly music we tried some small talk.
So we finally came to important questions like: "Whad favourite colah have carz in
That was a tough one! After some consideration we answered: "Red."
"Ahhhh, red! Ahhhh! In Japan, favourite car colah iz white!"

(Very soon afterwards we arrived at Fuji-Q Highland park which was closed! There went my chance to ride Moonsault Scramble. )

So, now you know it ;-)

Tuesday, March 16, 2004 3:57 PM
Maybe it's one of those Feng Shui things that Westerners just don't understand :(


Tuesday, March 16, 2004 4:03 PM
White is sacred, therefore the rollercoaster is blessed. Don't believe me? Fine.
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 4:05 PM

Just some more comments.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004 4:41 PM
So would that mean my lilly-white ass is sacred? ;)

(and therefore blessed?)

*** Edited 3/16/2004 9:48:50 PM UTC by janfrederick***

Tuesday, March 16, 2004 7:59 PM
It also hides the pigeon poo.

The white paint not janfrederick's lilly-white ass. *** Edited 3/17/2004 1:01:09 AM UTC by boblogone***


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