UPDATE: These are now available in the JNC Shop. We at JNC like to come up with something new each year for JCCS, and this year we’re proud to introduce a new, interactive decal. The JNC “25 Year Club” decal honors cars that have passed that magical quarter-century mark to become official Japanese nostalgic cars.
The main motif is a daruma, a Buddhist symbol of good luck. In Japan, wooden daruma are typically sold with two blank eyes. The owner fills in the first eye when a goal is set (starting a project, training for a race, etc). The second eye is left blank until that goal has been completed. With the second pupil drawn in, both eyes are “open,” and that means the goal has been realized.
Toyota enthusiasts might recognize daruma as the Japanese nickname of the first-gen Celicas. That’s because its sunken grille and headlights remind Japanese people of the way a daruma’s face is recessed into his red body.
We think it’s a noteworthy occasion when a car turns 25 years old, and it’s high time we recognize those that have crossed the threshold.
However, we don’t want to leave out JNC fans with a car that’s not quite there yet. That’s why one eye is blank. Everyone is free to rock the decal but we simply ask, using the honor system, that you don’t “open” the second eye until the car is 25 years old. Of course, those with a car 25 years or older can fill in the eye right away with some black paint.
Why 25? When we founded JNC, it was an easy way to distinguish old from new. In most states, cars are eligible for historic plates, certain inspection exemptions, and collector car insurance once it turns 25. It’s also the age at which you can legally import a classic car into the US. It’s been a rolling marker for what makes a car nostalgic, and so this year the cutoff is 1989.
The first row of black kanji says kyuusha, Japanese for “classic car.” The characters in white circles say kokuhou, or “national treasures.”
The 25 Year Club daruma will debut at our booth at the Japanese Classic Car Show this Saturday, September 27 in Long Beach, California. Look for a red tent. After the show these decals well be available in the JNC Shop.
Daruma Photo: Masaki Ikeda
I rather have the Pokemon Darumaka on the label.
My car turns 36 this year so I’m guessing I’m good!
You’re quite right. Any car 25 years or older is good
Amazing! As an Australian, all I can do is wait impatiently until these babies appear in the online shop.
If 25 is “Classic”, why is JCCS limited to 1985 or earlier only? Why not add the “missing” 4 years to 1989?
I can’t speak for JCCS but the 25 year rule has been in effect here at JNC since the beginning (2006).
What if your car’s generation began in ’88 but your specific vehicle is a ’91? Does it still count?
Yes, our rule is that if the generation began 25 years ago or more, it’s a JNC! What do you have?
I’ve an ’85 Honda Prelude, but I was asking based off a 91 Civic Wagon RT 4WD. The Civic is the sticker car, I’ve never been one for stickers, but it kind of has a sticker personality. ha So I was looking to get some JNC stickers to add to it. As long as it made sense. Thanks for clarifying!
Cool, we’ll see you on Saturday then! 🙂
Super cool! Maybe you guys should do a check at JCCS… look at the person’s key or something. If its got like Autolock on em or something, they aint qualified.
Roll into JCCS with a car that has Autolook accessories, good. Roll in with a car that has auto locks, bad.
That decal is pretty dope.
My ’90 Celica’s 25 next year, I guess I’ll have to get this sticker!
I personaly will wait 3 more years for the 50th year Daruma. Maybe it should be in Gold as in the 50th wedding anniversary?
That would be great!
My wife and I recently celebrated our 52nd wedding anniversary and I am waiting for 2017, [actually 2018 when I bought it from the dumb ^&* dealer who let it sit on his lot over a nasty Montana winter while the 510 series debuted] for my 50th anniversery of my 1967 RL411! If not, I know how to use software to “modify” the Daruma! We still drive it weekly, but not as often as while I was not retired. I have only 1600,000 miles on it!
Make that 160,000 miles! Use it, don’t abuse it! Or as the Datsun ads used to say”Buy it for the long run” and I did!
got me some!
It is a very neat design, that’s for sure. The 25 year thing more of an issue in the US, but who cares? Kakoii regardless:
Cool box. Noticed the Shinagawa plate. Been catching up on Seibu Keisatsu – often Shinagawa plates. My wife mentioned the status associated with them. Not sure if JNC has done a write-up on Japanese plates, but would be interested…
Beautiful tool box, KN.
I would love to do a writeup on JDM plates but I’m not that well versed in them.
That’s a beautiful tool box indeed! My favorite sticker on it has to be the Japan Air Lines DC-10 one…after the Daruma decal, of course ;P
I don’t know when was the last time I flew a DC-10, but I was in a JAL 747 when my mom took me to Japan as a kid. In the best Japanese tradition, they passed out plastic models of the 747 to all the kids! It was a snap kit but was actually quite detailed, w/ landing gears and peel-off decals and all. And then as I was nosing around, I actually found the closet where they kept all the model kits, and I took like three more!
you could send a patch of these, for me
Here in Brazil ?
Hi, you can order them directly from the shop. Please choose international shipping. Thanks!
I need a 35 yr version Ben 😉
I’ve been trying to purchase but the “add to cart” button is not working, please help!
Hi Fernando. Sorry, we had some software problems with the shopping car today. Please try again and let us know if you have any more questions. Thanks!
yep it worked this morning, now i just gotta figure out where to put it on the car.
Yes, I’m replying to a 3 year old post!
My Datsun Sports 1600 Roadster is 50 this year. Do I just rock two of these filled in? 🙂
Yes, I’m replying to a 1 year old comment on a 4 year old post… not because I have anything to add, but just because I can. Gotta love the internet.
Sent a couple out to the UK for a couple of my friends 240Z’s, sporting one on my Z as well.
Thanks for the cool stickers.