With a rumble of the engine and crunch of gravel, Kei Ogura maneuvers his six-meter classic FUSO Rosa bus from one corner of the small parking lot to the other. He winds down the window before stating, “I can’t take it onto the road because it’s not fully licensed yet. But we’re getting there.”
A parking lot in the sprawling Tokyo suburbs is not a typical location to realize a dream. However, for Ogura-san—a customer relations manager at Mitsubishi Fuso—the 1984 Rosa embodies just that. He dedicates time every weekend to restoring the classic model BE211D bus, bringing it back to full working order after retirement from 37 years of service, ferrying diners to and from a traditional Japanese restaurant.