September Giveaway: Name My Minivan to Win Stuff From Japan

I’m excited to announce that the monthly giveaway of care packages from Japan has officially begun on my blog!

(If you're new to my blog, Welcome! )

Why I am I doing this? Because there are way too many awesome things here in Japan to hoard to myself. I had to find a way to share!

Barring unforeseen circumstances, I will announce the giveaway contest
rules along with the details of a corresponding-themed prize package on
the first of each month. I
may throw in a pack of Japanese candy or some random things into the
box at last minute, so please let me know if you have any special
requests and/or food allergies.

The winner will need to provide their mother’s maiden name, social
security number, and a valid US credit card number + three digit secret
code. JUST KIDDING! I will, however, need their name and mailing
address which will be kept strictly confidential.

If they’re agreeable, I’d like to interview the winner and feature them
in a future post. I would consider including links in the post to the
winner’s blog, favorite cause, home business, etc.

Winning contestants may not enter my subsequent monthly giveaway
contests for a year following their win. In other words, if you win in
September, 2009, you can’t enter again until October, 2010.

September Contest Rules:

Name my mid-90s Toyota Estima Lucida minivan.

# Post your family-friendly name suggestion in the comments section of my blog post,, by September 24.

# Explain why you’re suggesting the name

# My children will pick their favorite and the van will be forever called by this name

My Toyota Lucida Minivan

Description of My Toyota Lucida Minivan

It’s a 4 WD tank, deep eggplant/plum in color with a grayish blue
interior. (Color update, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. viewed in bright sunshine:
The color is really weird. It’s kinda black, but it has these flecks of
sparkle in the paint that make it look brownish/purple. ) The steering
wheel is, of course, on the right. It has moon roof over the front
seats and a large sunroof over the back passenger seats. The sliding
passenger door takes a little oomph to open. This van seats eight,
including the driver. Although it’s not too sleek, this van gets us to
where we need to go. We use it to travel through the mountains, in all
kinds of weather, while the kids (okay, and sometimes me, too) sing at
the top of their lungs to Weezer. While we haven’t had any food spills
to add extra character, the van does contain a lot of sand at the
moment from frequent trips to the beach this summer.

September’s Prize:

September's Prize

An Automobile-Themed Care Package

-One portable, two-person picnic-sized tatami mat with a built-in
floral carrying case. Store this mat in your car for impromptu picnics
and to impress your friends!

-Car wash cloth

-Car dust cloth

-Red, stainless steel travel mug

-”Deep Forest” laser carved air freshener “Please enjoy a fragrant time with this wood air freshener.”

-”Baby On Board” “I Am Safety Driver” sign

-”Maternity On Board” “I Am Safety Driver” sign


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