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What is itai(痛い) for itasha or Otaku?

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As you know, Itasha can be devided to "Ita" and "sha".
And "Ita"= 痛 = pain, "sha"= 車 =car
Then, if we translate it very direct, Itasha is pain car.

But when we use "Itai" for Otaku or itasha, it has more meaning except pain.
I believe it would mean "something/someone to make the others unconfortable(painful) feeling" simply.
But there is more nuance I can't express with this word.

But I found very interesting thread.
This is the thread that Japanese discussed how to express "itai" in English.

I translated japanese comment with Blue color


No.8 (Best answer) mabomk

I considered many cases....And this is the final answer.

He makes me feel guilty of his poor saying

make oneself feel frustrated

make oneself feel flat

make oneself feel uneasy

make oneself feel perplexed (**)

make oneself feel cheap (*)

make oneself feel choked (*)
make oneself feel clumsy (***)
make oneself feel uncomfortable (***) 
make oneself feel dispirited (***)

(***)...would be very close

From encourage → spirit
discourage → dispirit
discouraging → dispiriting person 

How about this answer? Sir, please say yes even though you still have complaint. Thank you for your understanding.

Modification at the last. Regarding the answer No.4

pitty.....typo would be better「pitty→pitiful」

No.6 mabomk

I'm answer No.4 and 5. Sorry for many response. I breakthroughed the another answer from your response to answer Np.1 "I'm not quite sure the meaning but believe it is from Katahara-ga-itai. In the other word, we say "itai" when we feel like running away or feel sort of awkward when we see the person. And we say "itai someone" to express the person like that.


85% right. But the rest 15% is difficult to express....then...how about that? 90% right?

embarrassing yet pathetic

Please be satisfied with that! Local governor!!

No.5 mabomk

I'm answer No.4

It is not easy word to express "itai person" with one or two phrase. Then please refer the phrase below to think about it. You would slso have the another way to ask some native English speaker "How do you express the person like that in English"?

out of fashion/outdated

be ignorant of oneself

insensitive ignorance


insensitively illiterate embarrassing guy

can not read the atmosphere

spoil the atmosphere

create the soil-the-whole-atmosphere mood

create the aura of embarrassment around oneself

No.4 mabomk

Generally, we say "itai person" about whom "make someone feel ashamed without expectation. Then, 65% would be right with "embarrass" -> "embarassing". And the rest 35% would be " he dressed very out of vogue. Does he really think it trend? He is itai". This can't be expressed with only pitty.

・My father embarrasses me when I introduce him to my friends.

No.3 noname

It is also new for me that "itai" has another meaning except pain.
In conclusion, does it mean "lame-ass, pain-in-the-ass, annoying" ?
If so, we often use
It is used like Disgusting ! or Disgusting my boss ! 

No.2 Reffy
The best idea can't come up to me soon. If we think the person who have itasha as ashamed. It would be "Shameless" . If it indicate the person who can't feel mood and give the other people uncomfortable feeling, it would be "nuisance". Or if it indicate cool person who persist his/her opinion without having influence from others, It would be "Mania"

No.1 DIooggoo

>Itai hito
What is the meaning of them in Japanese? I can't translate it because I don't know the word.

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There are so many postoponed, stoppe event due to earthquake and tsunami
Japnese itasha Event 2011
Last update; Apr-9th

I want to write the upcoming itasha event in Japan.
I will make some report of them as much as possible.

Feb/11(Fri)  Itai road event! (Shinjuku HOLIDAY)
  Golden week in May Ita road pre event idol live
Feb/11-13(F,S,S) Osaka Auto messe 2011(Intex Osaka) 
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Feb/12(Sat) Pain kite fligt in Shimizu Shizuoka, the 2nd
  (Lighthouse beach front hotel Miho Miho Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City Park)
  Ita kite event by volunteer
Feb/13(Sun) Aichi pop culture festa ""pop cal"
  Morikoropaku Aichi) Itasha Cosplay Exhibit
Feb/13(Sun) Itasha Japan 2011 (OSAKA ATC)
  Itasha exhibit/Cosplay 100 itasha entry
Feb/13(Sun) Himetama Ashikaga tama-chan virthday party at Kadota shrine
Feb/20(Sun) Chara Cos On Time
  (Shizuoka City Shimizu Marine Terminal
  Cosplay, Camaro Exhibition

Feb/20(Sun) Keion! Live(Saitama Super Arena)

Feb/27(Sun) Tsukai ROAD (Saitama circuit 634)
  Film "Tsukai Road"(release is Dec) anniversary event、100 itasha
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Mar/5(Sat) 6th team itasha racing group driving
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Mar/5-6(S,S) Nagoya auto trend 2011
  (Port Messe Nagoya) Super meeting held concurrently
Mar/9(Wed) Miku Hatsune live party 2011 "Miku pa"(Zepp Tokyo)
Mar/20(Sun) Ita-G festa 2011 spring (Tokyo odaiba)
  Itasha, cosplay exhibit 1050 itasha
Mar/20(Sun) Niigata itasha fes 01  
  Niigata City Industrial Promotion Center, a / 2)Itasha, cosplay exhibit
Mar/20(Sun) 7th nipponbashi street festa (Osaka nipponbashi) cosplay
Mar/26-27(S,S) Anime contents expo (Makuhari Messe) Itasha?  stop
Mar/27(日) Putit Sugoi 68 Itasha AUTOSALON(Okayama dome)
  150 Itasha, cosplay exhibit Committee fanzine on sale
Mar/27(Sun) FUJISPEEDWAY Motor Sports Dream2011(Fuji Speedway Gotenba)  stop
Mar/E Itasha graphics vol.10 publish

Apr/3(Sun) Mikan tart (Matsuyama City Comprehensive Community Center Exhibition Hall)   Itasha exhibit(15)
Apr/6(Wed) Ita tu 2011   (Shigehara Twin Circuit)Drift, Grip, Drift contest, Itasha dress contest   50 itasha
Apr/B Itasha fes at Akihabara(Akihabara UDX)  Stop
  Itasha exhibit, stage event 100 itasha
Apr/? Hamakita Appraisal group itasha exhibit vl.4 (Hamamatsu city in Sizuoka)  Postopone
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Apr/? Hatsune graphics 5 Only vocaloido itasha Photo Session, cosplay  Postpone
Apr/10(Sun) Ita-comi Fukuyama Itasha exhibite  NEW!!
Apr/16-17(S,S) Shizuoka auto style 2011 (Twin messe shizuoka)
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Apr/17(sun) SAVE JAPAN! support event for east Japan Earthquake
  Akihabara UDX-Parking Itasha exhibit  NEW!!
Apr-24(Sun) Group Driving with only itashas   Kure in Hiroshima Itasha exhibite  NEW!!
Apr/E~GW Manga Summit (TV asahi event space UMU) Itasha exhibit
Apr/30(Sat) Ita moto 2011 Minato-ku bike 7 nagoya-shop Ita Bike only

May/1(Sun) Dream party tokyo spring(Ariake big site)
  Itasha exhibit, cosplay
May/1(Sun)? Outlow-sane 2011 GW (Ariake Passenger Terminal)
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May/2-3(M,T) Ita road in FSW (Gotenba city)
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May/2-3(M,T) Comic brain in FSW
  Fuji speedway, fun book sele  NEW!!
May/7(Sut) Kyushu itasha conference 6th
  Oita Autopolice  Cosplay, itasha exhibite, group driving  NEW!!
May/14(Sut)  Preta Bari Manga festival  Yubari city
  itasha exhibite  NEW!!
May/14-15(S,S) Moe all festival (Kanagawa Kyodai automobile)
  Itasha exhibite  NEW!!
May/15(Sun) Mobara de itasha3 (Mobara twin circuit)
  Itasha driving, dress contest
May/21(Sat) Chara festa 4 (Shikoku Konpira station)
  Itasha exhibite, coslay  NEW!!
May/22(Sun) Ita G festa 2011 Spring in Odaiba
  1050 itasha exhibite Message for earthquake sacrifice  Changed!!

May/29(Sun) "Ragumi2011" ~And(ry~(Laguna Gamagori)   150 Itasha exhibit, audio
May/29(Sun) Petit great itasha 69 AUTOSALON  NEW!!

Jun/8(Wed) Ita-tsu 2011
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Jun/18-19 TOYAKO manga anime festa in Hokkaido   
itasha exhibit

July Moemi 2011?
July Itasha exhibit at Izu(Not confirmed)
Jul/9(Sat)  Yubari Manga festival
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Jul/16-17(S,S)  Shizuoka Auto Style 2011(Twin Mess shizuoka)
  Custome car exhibite  Changed!!
Jul/24(Sun)  Big Kyushu Toho festival 4(Fukuoka international center)
  Itasha exhibite, Toho fun made book sale, cosplay  NEW!!
Jul/27(Wed)  Ita-tsu 2011
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Jul/31(Sun)  Tatebayashi station cosplay & Itasha event
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Aug/12-13? Outlaw-sane 2011 summer
Aug/12-14(Fri-Sun)  Comic Market80 (Tokyo bigsite)  NEW!!
Aug/21(Sun)  Petit great itasha AUTOSALON(Okayama dome)
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Sep/10(Sun)  Organizing Necessity Illusion(Fujisan Messe)
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Oct/5(Wed) Ita-
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  (Mobara twin circuit)Drift, Grip, Drift contest, Itasha dress contest
Oct?  Dream party 2011 Autumn
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Nov/5-6(S,S)  Big Kyushu Toho festival 5(Kitakyushu city west Japan exhibition site)
Nov/27(Sun)  Petit great itasha 71 AUTOSALON(Okayama dome)
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Dec/21(Wed) Ita-tsu 2011   (Shigehara twin circuit)Drift, Grip, Drift contest, Itasha dress contest
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