In Japan, taxis are typically black. Sometimes, they're white or even yellow, but generally, people think of them as being dark-colored and dull looking. These taxis, however, are anything but.
It would probably feature a Delorean that looks like this. Behold, the itasha DMC-12, complete with an "OUTATIME" California plate.
In the past, there was a tradition in the U.S. military to paint pin-ups on aircraft. Today, that tradition lives on in Japan. But there's an important difference: they're not cheesecake pin-ups. They're anime girls.
"Itasha" (痛車) literally mean "painmobile", but they are Japan's sticker-covered geek cars. The decals often feature anime, manga or video game characters. "Ita" either refers to the pain inflicted on the wallets of the car owners—or the folks who see the cars.
This past weekend, a parking lot in Tokyo's Odaiba glimmered with geek pride. This weekend saw the Ita G Festa expo. Gear-heads gathered and showed off more than their appreciation for automobiles. They showed off their appreciation of covering their cars in otaku decals.
Over the weekend, bishoujo (beautiful young girl) game festival Dream Party steamrolled through Tokyo. Computer games weren't the only place bishoujo popped up. They also decorated itasha.
For Japanese otaku, itasha—literally "painmobile"—are about as geeky as they come. This past weekend, diehard itasha gathered and gawked in Tokyo's Odaiba.
A recent car show in Tokyo's Odaiba featured approximately 1,000 automobiles. These are hardly your typical cars.
The Lancia Stratos was arguably the most beautiful rally car ever. In its rally heyday, it was covered with Alitalia and Castrol stickers. Its heyday is over.