Of all the places Japanese Otaku can showcase their wares cars are perhaps the least frequent one. For one not many Otaku actually drive a car and second, its too public, its a big commitment that goes beyond having a life sized doll in the closet or cosplaying for Comiket. Well that’s evidently changing, Pink Tentacle links us to a Japanese gallery of Itasha, cars with everything from anime decals on the body or crystals to fully modified interiors with plushies, figurines, body pillows and even full computer and monitor setups.
Itasha literally means painful car, which follows the trend of self deprecating titles such as Fujoshi (rotten woman) and Otaku (obsessive dork). The guys at Pink Tentacle speculate that the increasing appearance of Itasha is due to the recent acceptance of Otaku culture in Japan. That’s a good answer to the question of why, but I ask, how? Some of those cars look pretty damn expensive as do some of those interior setups. Where are they getting all these money and how can I get some of that?
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