Today’s word 丸目/MARU-MEH (round headlight) is comprised of the characters 丸/MARU (round) and 目/MEH (eye), often used as a nickname for such cars including the New Age/Bug-Eye Impreza, as well as the early DC2 Integra.
* in Kanji (丸目）
* in Hiragana (まるめ）
* in Katakana （マルメ）
Other related words include:
涙目/NAMIDA-MEH = Tear Eye (e.g. Blobeye Impreza)
鷹目/TAKA-MEH = Hawk Eye (e.g. Hawkeye Impreza)
横目/YOKO-MEH = Side/Long Light (e.g. Kouki DC2 Integra)
4灯/YON-TOH = Four Light (e.g. Zenki DC2 Integra)
6灯/ROKU-TOH = Six Light (e.g. Dangun DC2 Integra)
BTW: the Casablanca Impreza also has some MARU-MEH…they were not popular and are sometimes sold for next to nothing…like this example, which is probably the cheapest “Good Buy or Goodbye” we’ve found so far!
Today’s word: Shodai (kanji: 初代, katakana: ショダイ) means the first generation of something….an iPhone, a vehicle line, a household/family, etc. Subsequent generations are indicated as Number + Dai (generation) Meh (unit of order/sequence)
2nd Gen = 2代目 （Ni Dai Meh）
3rd Gen = 3代目 （San Dai Meh）
4th Gen = 4代目 （Yon Dai Meh）
5th Gen = 5代目 （Go Dai Meh）
6th Gen = 6代目 （Roku Dai Meh）
7th Gen = 7代目 （Nana Dai Meh）
8th Gen = 8代目 （Hachi Dai Meh）
9th Gen =9代目 （Kyuu Dai Meh）
10th Gen =10代目（Jyuu Dai Meh）
Today’s word: キズ/KIZU means scratch/scar, and can be found almost anywhere: on a piece of furniture, on the human body, on your iPhone screen, on your beloved Drift Bible DVD, etc. A minor paint KIZU on a car can often be concealed using タッチペン/TATCHI-PEN (touch-up paint). Some may notice that the image shows KIZU written in KATAKANA (Japanese phonetic alphabet), all while the “傷” KANJI (Chinese pictographic character) is readily available and actually more commonly-used in daily life. The choice to go with katakana was based on purely aesthetic purposes, but as that explanation may not satisfy the hardcore grammar nerds out there, I await your nitpicks in the comments below.
* produced for one year
* only 5,000 built
* base vehicle: Impreza wagon
* unique front end, taillights, and
* chrome bumper accents
* chrome door handles
* chrome mirror housings
* striped upholstery
* because retro/classical style was popular in ’90s Japan
* also sold in Taiwan
* also featured here in our “Good Buy or Goodbye” series!