Combination word of Saitama
, the prefecture north
, and dasai
, the Japanese
word for uncool
is used to make fun of and put down Saitama because of its rural
image in comparison to the urban
Dasaitama is a nationally well known word because it seems that this wonderful compound word has its roots in the 80's after the tarento Tamori used it to make fun of the prefecture. Of course, most natives don't like the word, but many accept it, some even proudly refer to their home prefecture as Dasaitama despite its negative connotation.
See also Chibaraki.