The green and yellow V-shaped JDM Leaf Symbol is something that you would see in almost every other JDM-themed car not only in the Philippines, but abroad as well.
Another variation of this is the orange and yellow teardrop-shaped symbol.
But do you really know what these symbols really mean? Well then, JDMfan-san, you are about to find out.
Truth be told, the JDM Leaf, which in Japanese is known as the “Wakaba” mark or the “Shoshinsha” mark is officially called “The Beginner Drivers’ Sign”…
The orange and yellow “Fukushi” mark, or “Koriesha” mark, on the other hand, is a symbol for senior citizen drivers.
Don’t believe me? Look it up!
The Shoshinsha mark or Wakaba mark, introduced in 1972, is a green and yellow V-shaped symbol that new Japanese drivers must display on their cars for one year. A driver must display this mark on the front and back of the car for one year after they obtain a standard driver’s license. This obligation is only for a standard license, not for motorcycles, large vehicles, special cars and so on. Drivers who consider themselves beginners may continue to display the sign, even after the period of a year.
Its official name is The Beginner Drivers’ Sign. Conversely, the orange and yellow “Fukushi mark” or “Koreisha mark” denotes elderly drivers. Both marks are designed to warn other drivers that the marked driver is not very skilled, either due to inexperience or old age.
So my dear JDMfan-san, are you an elderly driver, or a beginner driver? If you are neither, then don’t put it up.
Speeding down the highway overtaking anything in your path while sporting the JDM Leaf symbol is NOT COOL!
So is sporting an incorrectly installed JDM Tilting Plate Holder, which we have discussed in a previous article entitled: The PROPER use of the JDM Tilting Plate Holder