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BOSOZOKU 暴走族
A.K.A.: Bousozoku, Bōsōzoku

Formed by youngsters grown tired of traditional Japanese school and societal systems, the early Bōsōzoku (暴走族, literally "reckless [or 'violent'] speed[ing] tribe") gangs received notable media attention in the 1970ís as newspapers and magazines cashed in with the phenomena and even took it out of its original frame.

Bosozokuís roots date back to the post-World War II years when a new societal problem group arose.   Having lived under the war time rule and even an assumption of never returning home alive, such as the Kamikaze pilots assigned for a mission that never came to be, some of the war veterans could not return to peaceful life without difficulties.

The most extreme of these individuals started looking for new excitement by modifying motorcycles and conducting less than desired, gang type activities on city streets. (See THE BIRTH OF THE MOTORCYCLE GANG: USA X JAPAN)

Inspiration and idols were found from foreign movies such as Rebel Without a Cause (1955).   These ideologies caught on with the rebellious motorcycle obsessed youth and Bosozoku was born. (see YANKI and BOSOZOKU: HISTORY AND ORIGINS)


This episode (Click Image Below to Play) from the Brtish series Japanorama contains an excellent segment in the first 10 minutes that should give the uninitiated a good pverview of the 'Bosozoku' of Japan to start with...

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FURTHER READING:
THE BIRTH OF THE MOTORCYCLE GANG: USA X JAPAN
YANKI and BOSOZOKU: HISTORY AND ORIGINS


SEE ALSO:
ZOKU (Tribe)


DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT BOSOZOKU:
GOD SPEED YOU! BLACK EMPORER
SAYONARA SPEED TRIBES
OKINAWA BOSOZUKU


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