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In the past, there was a tradition in the US military to paint pin-ups on aircrafts. Today, that tradition lives on in Japan. But there's an important difference: They're not cheesecake pin-ups. They're anime girls, and they're not only on aircrafts, but also recruitment posters.

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In Japan, taxis are typically black. Sometimes, they're white or even yellow. Generally, people think of them as being dark-coloured and dull-looking. These taxis, however, are anything but.

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"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.

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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.