One of the greatest driver’s cars Japan has ever produced shows its adorable side.
A cold snap in east Japan this week brought with it the Tokyo area’s first significant snowfall of 2019, and obviously different residents responded to it in different ways. Office workers wrinkled their brows and frowned as they had to make their way to the office in the chilly conditions, while kids were all smiles as they played in the freshly fallen powder.
But the most unexpected reaction of all actually came from a car, which responded to the snow with an adorable look of demure shyness. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the video evidence, in which the car, perhaps feeling self-conscious while it’s being filmed, blushes.
雪化粧が恥ずかしそう笑 #雪まつげ https://t.co/pFvvaLGuc6
稜ちゃんW(`0`)W (@FerrariRyota111) February 11, 2019
Underneath that frosty blanket is Japanese Twitter user @FerrariRyota111’s beloved ride. Despite his name, though, it’s not a Ferrari, but a Mazda Miata, or Roadster, as the model is called in the Japanese domestic market.
ロードスターでの最後のサーキット非常に楽しかったです！ しかも最後に運が味方をし、シルバーストーンのシューズをいただけるとわ全く思ってませんでした。 これからはいたわって、一生乗り続けるペースで乗り続けます‼︎ 運営に携わった方々… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
稜ちゃんW(`0`)W (@FerrariRyota111) January 19, 2019
But wait, how come the car looks different in the video and the still photos above? Because from 1989 to 1997, the Miata came with pop-up headlights, much like its corporate sibling Mazda RX-7 and several other Japanese sports cars of the era. When the headlights are turned on, their housing rotates up from the hood, resembling a pair of wide, expressive eyes. Meanwhile, the turn signals/hazard lights are located directly below the headlights, and as they blink in @FerrariRyota111’s video, their light shines through the layer of snow covering them, creating the effect of blood rushing to the car’s cheeks.
雪が降ったからやってみたかったんですよね笑 超カワイイ #雪まつげ https://t.co/DS8fa9AA9e
稜ちゃんW(`0`)W (@FerrariRyota111) February 10, 2019
▼ A Miata with pop-up lights not covered in snow
@FerrariRyota111’s video rapidly racked up over two million views, and earned comments such as:
“It’s so shy and cute”
“The cuteness of the first-generation Miata is a national treasure.”
“The Miata really is great.”
“A cute and beautiful design.”
Then there were the reaction GIFs:
J – Remake (@J__Remake) February 11, 2019
GuruGurultu (@Chikiliks) February 11, 2019
And finally, multiple commenters chimed in to share their own Roadster reminiscences/Miata memories.
“A long time ago I had an original body-style Miata. I want to own one again someday.”
“I shouldn’t have gotten rid of my Miata. I miss that car every day.”
“So happy to see someone still driving one of the