One of those facts about a Japanese commute which contributes to the "weird Japan" stereotype, there are a lot of anime themed cars. It can't be helped. Why? Because it's true. It's not unusual to see one or two during rush hour, or a few scattered throughout a parking lot.

Frankly, I see a few of these vehicles every day. They still account for a tiny fraction of the vehicles on Japanese roads, of course, but even seeing a few per day tends to amount to an awful lot of them. And sometimes, just sometimes, you manage to run into the itasha (็—›่ปŠ, literally "painful car," either because of the garishness of the designs or the cost of those designs) equivalent of a cars and coffee.

Here are some images of just such a meeting I ran across in Takehara, a small city of under 30,000 in Hiroshima Prefecture known for being the setting of anime series Tamayura:

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Images via Kat Callahan/Jalopnik.