A new year has started, so let’s bring on the predictions for the upcoming year! My first prediction will be that Itasha will become big! Maybe not outside Japan, but surely it will become BIG in Japan!
As you can see in this video at 4:05 even Isami Amemiya is picking up the trend! So if you want to be running up front and be a trend setter: start converting your GTR, FD or VIP car to an Itasha! 😀
You may think every Japanese citizen would know the meaning of Itasha (??), however as this video explains they do not…
The word Itasha is a word that consists of the words Itai (?) and Sha (?), meaning Painful and Vehicle. Painful is used in a way that it means painful for the wallet. The word is also a pun on Itariasha (?????) which is shortend into Itasha (???) and means Italian Car. Note that the two words are written differently but pronounced the same!
So that explains a lot why all those interviewed people did not know the true meaning of Itasha!
BTW: Itasha is getting bigger and bigger… This will be the next major export style from Japan!
Just came across this video of a couple of itasha:
It show the itasha fanatics are not only limiting themselves to Japanese cars alone. At quick glance I spotted several BMWs, an Alfa Romeo 156, a Lotus Elise, Alfa Romeo GTA, Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, Lincoln Continental, Audi TT and a Corvette!
Somehow I’m starting to get more and more into the itasha. Maybe start another blog about them? 😛
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