Half the battle of knowing what something is can be knowing what to call it. It’s even harder when it is written in a language you aren’t fluent in. This page is to help brush up on some of the words you might already be familiar with, or to help you learn new words along with the Japanese to write it correctly. Since many of the romaji (Japanese written with our alphabet) words wont lead to correct searches or provide incorrect information, it is hard to find what you are actually looking for. This page can help your searches by using the correct kana.
Old motorcycle group, replaced Bosozoku
Grand Champion, referring to the race series held at Fuji Speedway in the 1980s, where many modified cars showed up to
High Society. A higher end car, or a car equipped with luxurious items. A precursor to VIP styling. Also called Haiso Car, ハイソカー
Short for Chiba and Ibaraki. Mostly know for having long takeyari, works fenders, and long front chin spoilers (deppa).
Vanning. A van customized in a specific style. Inspired by 1960s American van culture, but done in a Japanese style.
Non-slip differential. It is also a type of kaido racer event that became popular in Hokkaido and later in Kyushu. Kaido racer teams would assemble, do donuts together, and have a car show.
Octopus Dance. Flailing your arms like an octopus
Box riding. Leaning out of the window and sitting on the window ledge. Sometime hanging your legs on on the door and doing tako orodi.
Lower front valance/spoiler
Removable exhaust that looks like bamboo. Small diameter, 1.5″-2.5″
The exhaust pipes that comes out the side of the car, resembling a scorpion. Example
Rear under spoiler that looks like an upside down trunk wing. Originally produced by FET.
Extended hood and fenders, often mislabeled as “shark nose”
Overbite. It’s usually made of wood or fiberglass and has a metal mounting structure underneath it.
A large rear spoiler that comes up at a 45 degree angle. Example
Ha Shaped. Rear camber that resembles the ハ character
Wide fender flares made for cars like the RX-3 / Celica / Fairlady Z, but can be used on any kaido racer. These are usually paired with some racing slicks.
Putty Filled. Smoothed FRP fender or aero lines with putty to appear as part of the body.
Droopy eyes. Tilted headlights to make the car look sad.
Suspended Eyes. Tilted headlights to give the car the angry look.
Octopus legs. Slang word for exhaust headers.
Borrowed German word. Refers to the racing number plate.
Underwater flower shift knob
Pioneer car audio from the ’80s
From the past, older items, vintage
Vintage item attached to the window that would wave as your car moved.
A small light placed near the ground on motorcycles and cars, flickering like a firefly
Vintage sealed beam headlights
Any type of blocking off the headlight for racing look.
Short fender/door mirrors
A specific type of air horn
A specific brand of air horn
A type of 3 tone air horn. Sounds like “pa-ra-ri-ra” when used. Example.
A metal sheet with patterned openings to cover silhouette aero openings, blinkers, taillights etc. Found at hardware stores.
Tail lenses come from the 1971-1980 Mazda Titan truck
Usually mounted at an angle. Comes from the 1975-1977 Toyota Carina hardtop coupe.
Slightly smaller than Kenmeri tail lights, these come from the 1972-1977 Skyline Sedan (yonmeri)
Usually mounted at an angle. Comes from the 1973-1977 Nissan Cherry X1R.
Comes from the 1973-1975 Toyota Celica LB
This particular one comes from the early model Skyline Japan (C210) but late model is also sometimes used.
Comes from the early Suzuki Carry trucks (Pre-1979)
Usually mounted at an angle, come from the Mazda Porter Cab.
A light with the letters LOVE in LEDs. Was a popular dekotora part.
A hatchback that is similar to the DeTomaso Pantera or Toyota MR2. Example
A long single tail light on the rear of the car. Example
Racing style lines made famous by Kunimitsu Takahashi often seen on hakosuka. Example
A color design usually found on Mazda, in yellow and green. Example
Descente, a Japanese sports brand. The sponsor livery found on Mazda with blue, green, and white zigzag pattern. Example
Tri-color livery, often red, white, and blue. Example
Short for Nihon Radiator color. White with yellow lightning pattern on Nissan Silvia silhouette. Example
A paint job with polka dots.
Bright colored paint jobs from the Fukuoka area. Can be seen on their motorcycles and kaido racers. Example.
The single diagonal line used on the side of the car and helmets. Usually red. Example
Lightning line. Lightning shaped line usually on or near rear fender. Example
Lamé paint. Lamé is a type of fabric with metallic fibers in it. This refers to the paint that have a high glitter / flake in them.
Flashing color bulb. The lights look like Christmas lights and they rotate between them.
Car air horns that have multiple trumpets
The metal mesh design used to cover tail lights and blinkers, and also used behind ducting.
Manifold Split. Dekotora modified exhaust manifold. Splitting off the runners into a separate exhaust pipe to create a whistle sound.
Motorcycle and Car magazine covering these styles.
A line of plastic model cars with an exaggerated roof and shape
Manga and Anime staring teengers that drive around in a kaido racer.
240z / 280zx / etc domestic name
Refers to the face the 1971-1976 Nissan Bluebir
Refers to the 1977-1981 Nissan Skyline.
Yon means 4. So it’s a Kenmeri Skyline with 4 doors.
Pig ass. Refers to the 1972-1977 Nissan Laurel (C130) coupe
Gamera is a kaiju (Japanese monster film). Refers to the 1972-1977 Nissan Laurel (C130) Sedan using a specific grille
Iron mask. Refers to the facelifted 1983-1985 Nissan Skyline RS (R30)
1973-1978 Datsun Sunny Excellent Liftback using a specific rear end with 6 round tail lights.
The body line featured on Hakosuka, Kenmeri/Yonmeri, and Skyline Japan
Sunny Tuck. Refers to the 1971-1978 Nissan Sunny Truck (GB120)
A combination of the words “tate” or vertical and Gloria. Refers to the 1967-1971 Nissan Gloria and it’s stacked headlights.
Box shaped Skyline (C10)
Skyline C110, referring to the commercials featuring an couple by the name Ken & Mary Played by Jimmy Zinnai and Dianne Krey.
Pig eyes. Refers to the 1976-1980 Toyota Mark II/Cressida/Chaser
Another nickname for the 1976-1980 Toyota Mark II/Cressida/Chaser. Keroyon is the costume puppet from the show “Kaeru No Bōken” or “Frog’s Adventure.” This nickname comes from the Fukuoka area.
Demon Crown. Refers to 1978-1983 Toyota Crown (S110)
Whale. Refers to the 1971-1975 Toyota Crown.
Refers to the 1st Gen Celica coupe
Refers to the face on the 1982-1984 Toyota Mark II Hardtop (GX61)