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Thread: Itasha: Japanese for ‘Pain Mobile’

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    Junior Potato
    Join Date
    Jan 2014

    Itasha: Japanese for ‘Pain Mobile’

    From the “only in Japan” files:

    Itasha (痛車) literally means “pain mobile” and either refers to the pain it inflicts on car owners’ wallets to trick out their rides or how it affects the eyes of those who see these wheels. The Japanese word tengoku (天国) means “heaven.”

    At this year’s NicoNico Chogai event, there was an itasha tengoku that certainly lived up to the heavenly expectations. There were also stickered-up motorcycles and bicycles!
    Click through for the pics (too much effort to link them all on a phone…) but there are quite a few wonderfully stickered-up JDM chariots! They really go all out.

    This of course is the same subculture that brings us the insane-looking Good Smile Racing entries in the JGTC GT300 category

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    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Wow. I can understand they are pain in the butt to create and to upkeep... kinda painful for my eyes to look at them too!

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