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The DS in Japanese books, from 1972 to today.
Simply titled "Citroen", in the "Cars of the world" collection, published by Nigensha (also the
publisher of car magazine Car Graphic) in October, 1972, this book relates the full story of the
brand, with illustrations coming almost exclusively from Citroen's Communications Dept. The
14 pages about the DS give plenty of details about its technical characteristics.
Its author, Ookawa Yuu, who mentions he previously owned a 2CV, relates his first encounter
with the DS: "My first experience with a DS was a little bit frightening. The steering is so
sensitive that you can turn the wheel with the tip of your little finger. When you change to a
higher or a lower gear you feel the strong effect of the engine break. At first I thought I'd never
ever drive one again. But during the return trip on the Tomei motorway, comfortably tucked
on the passenger seat, I could feel the unmatched comfort of the DS. I had the feeling that I
could grasp but only a few percents of this car's true value when I was watching at the rain
drops cleared away from the glass windows, who offered so little resistance to the wind. If
you can overcome your first feelings of uneasiness and hesitation when encountering a DS
for the first time, you will realize that this car is one of the most comfortable and fastest tools
to take you from point A to point B."
In 1986, it was already 10
years since the fateful
takeover of Citroen by
Peugeot. In its 30-volume
"World's major car brands"
collection, Hoikusha Editions
published this booklet,
penned by car journalist
Inouye Koichi. Most photos
were taken in Japan,
although the owner of the
white LH-drive ID19 shown
here probably asked to have
the plate number hidden.
Several photos are credited
to Seibu Automobiles, the
importer and distributor in
Japan at that time.
Published in 1990 by Urban Now, this beautiful album is part of a series titled "One car I can't
forget - the machines that ran through the times". This one focuses on European cars of the
'50s and '60s, and features superb B&W photos by Okakura Tadashi. One of the cars is a
1972 DS21, belonging to famous Citroenist and Chairman of the Citroen Club of Japan,
Mitsuru Sugiyama. Other photos of this car are shown
Hoikusha published in 1992
another series about 10
"Famous European car
brands", one of them being
Citroen, and written again
by Inouye Koichi. Only the
photos in B&W show a
This booklet, issued by Neko Publishing in
1999 (above left), is sub-titled "The French
avant-garde that continues to challenge its
time" when it is re-issued in 2006 (left). On
top of a 1972 DS21 Pallas, it shows a 1974
DS23 "Safari" (above), and a cabriolet, all
shot in Japan.
In "The Golden Age of Car", published in 1998 by Tokyo
Shoseki, Kabata Yasushi recalls his fond memories of "46
famous cars from the '60s to the '80s", almost entirely
Japanese makes. One exception is a 1-hour test drive of a
friend's 1970 DS20 Pallas, which he can only compare to a
"car that flies above the clouds".
The famous 1996 DS reference book by
John Reynolds and Jan de Lange called
"Les Citroen DS - versions originales" in
French and "Original Citroen DS - The
Restorer's Guide" in English, has been
translated into Japanese by Ogawa Fumio
and published by Nigensha. The text and
the photos are exactly the same as in the
original, meaning that there is no single
information about the DS in Japan. Only
the (beautiful) cover, also by Ogawa
Fumio, is specific.
The Nigensha publishing house used all the data compiled by its magazine Car
Graphic since its inception in 1962 to issue this "Car archives" series. In this
Volume 2, dated 2000, featuring Italian and French cars of the '60s, the Citroen
DS is represented by two photos, none of them taken in Japan, like all photos in
Same series as above, this time with cars of the '70s from
"France and other countries", in this volume published in
2003. Some of the photos on the DS article have been taken
in Japan, and are extracted from Car Graphic articles. You'll
also notice a SM on the book's cover.
In this little book titled "Issha
senri", former Nikkan Jidosha
journalist Kuriyama Sadayuki
recalls his lifetime memories.
It was published in 2010 by
Titled "One century of Citroen - Pursuing innovation", and published in 2013 by Grand Prix
Editions, this book by French-speaking car journalist Takeda Takashi is very complete, but
there is no single Japanese DS in the 28 pages about the DS.
"Issha Senri" is one of these 4-character expressions, meaning litterally "one
drop of water, one thousand miles", meaning something like "one small action
can go a long way"; but with the kanji character for "drop" written in a different
way, it takes the meaning of "one car, one thousand miles". These photos
show early Japanese DS, the one on top a US-export model, belonging to an
American serviceman (See more about it ), and they have been taken
by Asai Sadahiko.
Nigensha published in 2006 this other book
by John Reynolds, "Citroen - Daring to be
different", translated in Japanese by Aihara
Toshiki. Here again, unfortunately, no single
original Japanese photo or document.