Of curses and cars 呪うと車について
Hong Kong is a modern city that refuses to let go of certain traditions and superstitions. One such tradition is the white tiger ritual held in March. Typically found in Causeway Bay along Canal street, this is where clients of the practitioners take revenge upon individuals by beating a paper effigy with a shoe. Bosses and annoying co-workers are especially popular but housewives will also go after their husbands’ mistresses. As the practitioner beats on the effigy, they will call out the victim’s name and yell out curses and cast spells upon them during the beating. I might have to try it next year. There are a couple of people I can think of who could use a good hexing.
Seeing this on the street was a complete surprise to me. I didn’t even know this car had been released yet since it’s supposed to be a 2009 model but there it was in all its glory; a spanking new Nissan GTR. Now, for those in the know, this used to be known as the Skyline GTR but Nissan decided to drop the “Skyline” part. Since 1969 the Skyline has been a legendary performance car with a cult following but with this version, it blasts into supercar territory already crowded by the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini among select others. If I had to choose between this and a Porsche, I’d take the GTR.