Lotus Seven Embodies Automotive Simplicity and Purity
I recently watched an episode of the excellent PBS show “The Mind of a Chef”, in which the topic was the nature of Japanese food. The host’s conclusion was that ultimately, what makes things like ramen, robotoyaki, and yep, sushi, so special is the remarkable simplicity of these dishes—a conscious refinement, a pared back, raw essence wrought through hundreds and hundreds of years of even-handed, yet deliberate cultural effort. He further explained that simplicity doesn’t mean a lack of complexity or sophistication of the cuisine’s flavor, aroma, or presentation, but that the powerful concentration of these distinct elements in their purest forms only enhanced the experience as a whole—the removal of the superfluous and distracting only condenses the pleasure of the eater. Besides making me incredibly hungry for a big bowl of Tonkatsu, it also got me thinking about the Lotus Seven.