Itasha are cars decorated with decals and paint jobs depicting anime, game and manga characters. The word itasha, which literally means “painful car,” is derived from the kanji for itai (”painful”) and sha (”car”). The word also appears to be a reference to the Italian sportscar, also known as itasha (although the ita for Italian is spelled with katakana instead of kanji), a conventional sort of chick magnet driven by a different sort of guy.
(via Pink Tentacle – which has more links to itasha pictures)
I’d never seen these before, but I really like the antiquated aesthetics: the box illustration, colours, type and the old Morinaga logo.
Only $1.20 a box, so I got two: traditional milk caramels on the left, more modern green tea ones on the right.
UPDATED — as requested by Mayann:
PS: I like the matcha ones better. The milk ones are too sweet.
Still alive! Too much working and reading, not enough writing.
– Detailed satellite surveys show that Angkor was probably as big as modern-day LA, adding credence to theories that people eventually deserted the city because its surrounding environment couldn’t sustain it.
– If you’re too lazy to search for clips of the Helvetica documentary on YouTube (like me), World of Kane kindly provides a selection.
– Radar finds out how desperate some folks in Second Life are for virtual sex (Funny, but NSFW photos):
Radarette: Very good! Ready for something a little … HARDER?
Radarette: Haretown and Tortoiseville are 50 miles apart. A hare travels at nine miles per hour from Haretown to Tortoiseville, while a tortoise travels at one mile per hour from Tortoiseville to Haretown. If both set out at the same time, how many miles will the hare have to travel before meeting the tortoise en route?
– Speaking of sex, The 50 Greatest Sex Scenes in Cinema
– The 12 Sins of Chopstick Use (in Mandarin script)
Hardcore otaku from the 80s recreate the well-known battle between Amuro and the Black Tri-Stars:
Am impressed by their improvisation and clear love for the series. This was a time when you had to edit film manually, frame by frame. No Mini-DV or digital editing programmes yet!
Hope these guys are still Gundam fans. /salute
(Found on ectoplasmosis)