Who can clean up the neighborhood and look good doing it? The garbage man can!
If you are a fan of offbeat Japanese culture, then you are familiar with the phenomenon that is “deko tora”, which means decorated truck. Truck drivers will pimp out their rides so that they are impressive to look, with a small caveat being that they are kind of distracting, or rather, very distracting, on the road.
Another common truck has also been getting decorated, however the results are less “Las Vegas” and more “friendly neighborhood suburb”. You may not have noticed them before as they rumble along, picking up bags of trash as they go about their business. But you might not be able to ignore them when they look like this.
KEI/出現率低下 (@keifairy45) December 29, 2014
イーオ、とっても可愛い！！ ヨコハマ3R夢！のごみ収集車もとっても可愛いですよね〜(*^^*) https://t.co/HJxjNZB9uw—
成田友絵 (@NaritaTomoe) August 29, 2016
ざまりん❗のゴミ収集車🚚💨💨 可愛っ(*^^*) https://t.co/BGp8QrPLX6—
みよみよ (@nonmatuazu) June 29, 2016
The colorful trucks are part of a public relations campaign that will hopefully make them popular with children. If you feel a little bit happier during your day because you came across one of these fun-looking trucks, then mission accomplished!
しゅらむ (@syuramu) March 10, 2014
ちょうどVファーレン長崎のゴミ回収車😌 ヴィヴィくん～～♪ https://t.co/ItTIoDgXaE—
ノブ (@nmem10) June 05, 2016
May (@may55bear) September 21, 2016
▼ We wonder if the tiger was chosen because the word for “tiger” in Japanese (tora) sounds like the word for “truck” (torakku).
ぁんどう (@ando_improv) July 18, 2016
Since this is Japan we are talking about, there are bound to be a few trucks with an anime theme, right?
かわすけ✍ ＠ 本日海イン (@marchen_nero) August 31, 2015
ゆーや (@wakawaka243724) September 15, 2014
渡邉 悠 (@posyare08) July 26, 2016
▼ Sometimes they might feature a local celebrity, even if that celebrity is a historical figure.
ラテシア(ARIAフレンド募集中) (@gamerrate) July 12, 2016
隊長たんRR (@suzaku2san) May 13, 2016
Thomas (@Thoma0087) May 23, 2013
▼ The writing on this truck appears to be manga-style sound effects that describe what the truck is doing (the writing at the rear reads “go go go go”)…or the sounds of disbelief uttered by people who are seeing the truck for the first time.
(@mohno) May 25, 2016
We’d love to see this sort of thing get popular all over the world. Although, it isn’t likely to happen in the U.S. as the garbage trucks there are probably bound by strict government regulations, and governing is serious business (just ask Japanese Donald Trump).