Impetuous steampunk (STIMPANK!) maestro Jake von Slatt christens this the world's first Japanese steampunk scooter. Nay, sir. Do not agree. But wonderful all the same! The plucky source explains:
Upon exiting the supermarket the other day, I came across this steampunk masterpiece! I waited for an hour for the presumed Japanese steampunker to come out with his goth gear on and his mohawk, but low and behold, an 85 year old man comes out, grabs his lighter from his scooter, and lights up. I went over to him to complement him on his work, and with barely audible Japanese since he had no teeth at all and had very badly fitting dentures, started to explain how he put it together in the heaviest Japanese countryside accent I have ever heard. Classic!
That would have been my guess too from time spent in Asia: the strange ornamentation of a scooter modified in some bizarre Japanese farming town. I saw tuk-tuks this bizarrely ornate all the time.
Mr. Slatt does his damnedest to tie the device into a steampunk thesis: "Steampunk is not a new thing but an expression of something that has been with us all along." It's a noble show, and I personally hug Mister von Slatt until his eye jelly squeezes out, but let's face it: the word "steampunk" has ceased to mean anything at all as an adjective if it can be applied equally to dilapidated Buddhist-themed tuk-tuks and Vernian air-ships alike.
Steampunk Scooter Japan [Steampunk Workshop]