Dekotora is an abbreviation for decoration truck. These gaudy, tricked-up trucks are usually found in rural areas of Japan that make much of cars, trucks and vehicles. Though artistically decorated trucks and buses can be found outside Japan, what sets the Japanese version apart is the inspiration, level of expertise and finish on the lighting apparatus and paint jobs. They are usually best viewed when illuminated, thanks to flashy lights, neon, ultraviolet lights and strobes. Occasionally they are even fitted with fancy interiors, with chandeliers and other paraphernalia to give them an added panache. These unique trucks first came onto the scene in the 1970s, with the Japanese movie “Trucker Guys” and have morphed ever since into new creative and increasingly-flashy designs over the years. Some follow historical themes, while others show an interest in animals, tigers and dragons being favorites. Even some video games have taken on the theme of dekotora, with trucks becoming heroes or villains.