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Japan’s “painful cars” (and bikes and motorcycles)

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Cool Hunting points us to a piece on Seneca Blog about the stickered, painted, and tricked-out anime and games cars shown at the latest twice-annual Comiket convention in Japan. Cool Hunting writes:

Typical decor include stickers of popular anime “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” and erotic PC game “Fate/Stay Night.” But it’s not just the exterior that get dolled up. Itasha are also noted for their unabashedly nerdy interiors that include figurine stands and character pillows. Itasha have moved beyond automobiles and have expanded to bicycles. Yes, there are nerd sticker bikes, too. Talk about otaku pride.

The cars are called “itasha,” which translates to “painful car,” but may be a play on “Italian car.”

Nerd Cars – Link
Seneca Blog – Link

2 thoughts on “Japan’s “painful cars” (and bikes and motorcycles)

  1. somebody tell me where I can buy decals like this! i have never seen anything like this in america. frankly, i don’t even know what i would use to produce my own. very cool.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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