In Japan there are groups of anime fans that turn cars into “itasha”, which are vehicles decorated with pictures of anime girls. This ultimate expression of love for all things anime has reached all the way to Taiwan, where taxi drivers have begun to turn cabs into itasha. The picture above features a couple cabs from a fleet featuring Hatsune Miku and other vocaloid characters.
For those who have no idea who Hatsune Miku is, she is Japan’s “virtual idol”, a character that sings and dances to songs written for use with “vocaloid” software. Hatsune Miku and the other “vocaloids” can be seen on everything from toys and video games, to buses and race cars. Toyota has featured her in ads and even sells a “Hatsune Miku” edition Corolla that features a high-end audio system. Hatsune Miku also performs “concerts” around the world using hologram projectors, and has toured as far as the United States in a concert named “Mikunopolis”. The itasha cab drivers in Taiwan claim that the newly decorated taxi cabs have attracted more business.