Anime and manga cars on Tokyo's roads
Cars covered with anime can be spotted all over Tokyo, but what's curious is their name 'itasha.' It literally means 'painful cars.'
Our gallery features a selection of cars spotted around the city by various members of the public, including kirainet who discovered the more yellow creations.
Itasha comes from combining the Japanese words for Italy (Ita) and car (sha) at a time in the 1980s when Italian imports were expensive.
Yet in the early 1990s the regular word 'itai,' painful, began being used to describe extremely intense, especially otaku related things, partly in relation to so-called 'Otaku Murderer' Tsutomu Miyazaki. Miyazaki was convicted of killing four young girls and blaming it on his alter-ego 'Rat Man' at his trial.
Today the term has the connotation of 'painful for the wallet' and itasha has gone on to be used for aircraft in the form of Hello Kitty, Gundam and Pokemon (click here for more.)
Still, this kind of colorful anime car decoration pales in comparison to the bosozuku ...