So there is no surprise, that I like Awesome Japanese stuff.
What true geek doesn’t?! Well if you like awesome Japanese stuff as well, you are in for a treat!
The trucks you are about to see today have been around for about 30 years in Japan, but many Americans are just now actually seeing some of these things.
They are called Dekotora trucks, and they look totally badass. Think Optimus Prime + a Delivery Truck = Dekotora.
What is Dekotora!?
The Dekotora or Decotora (デコトラ), an abbreviation for “Decoration Truck”, is a kind of loudly decorated truck most commonly found in Japan and the Philippines. Dekotora commonly have neon or ultraviolet lights, extravagant paints, and shiny stainless or golden exterior parts. These decorations can be found on both the cab and the trailer, and not only on the exterior but also in the interior. Dekotora may be created by workers out of their work trucks for fun, or they may be designed by hobbyists for special events. They are sometimes also referred to as Art Trucks (アートトラック) ātotorakku)
These trucks are 100% Street Legal (Except when their crazy, epileptic seizure inducing lights are on, then they are considered a road hazard) and are still found around the streets of Japan and the Philippines today!
Well I hope this post inspired you, as well as enlightened you about a piece of the crazy and interesting Japanese culture!
In the meantime, perhaps you could start your own trend, by pimping out your Subaru or Chroming out a moped.
Until next time! Thanks for Reading!