Snowboarding Gets All Nerdy

Snowboarding Gets All Nerdy

No wonder a former Japanese Olympic snowboarder is so into otaku (“geek”) culture. It seems there a whole group of snowboarding otaku, decked out in unabashedly nerdy attire.

These photos are from the ski slops of Nagano Prefecture. Besides the cosplaying snowboarders, there are geeked out snowboards, called “ita-board”. They feature anime and video game characters.

“Itasha” (痛車), or literally “painmobile”, are cars covered in nerdy decals and stickers. These are the snowboarding equivalent.

Some even dressed as characters, like Pikachu, as they hit the slopes.

Super Sonico, Tokyo game developer Nitroplus’ own in-house character, was on hand, too. Super Sonico releases songs and figurines in Japan.

According to Japanese website 2ch News Flash VIP Blog, over 80 people participated in this event.

健康系トミーくんさんが痛板オフの画像をくれたからレポとか [木崎湖キャンプ場 via 2ch News Flash VIP Blog]


  • I wonder if Ashcraft will ever acknowledge that half his articles happen to appear on Sankaku Complex a day before he posts them… a coincidence that never fails to surprise…

    • Pretty much never post but I am sick of reading these comments, I enjoy the odd bit of Japanese pop culture, and I don’t understand why people coming to a site called k*OTAKU* would expect just games. There are plenty of other sites that do that.

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