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The precursors to the modern Bōsōzoku were known as the
Kaminari zoku (雷族 'Thunder Tribe'), motorcyclists similar in appearance to the British Rockers of the 50s and 60s.
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KAMINARI ZOKU

The precursors to the Bōsōzoku were known as Kaminari zoku (雷族 Thunder Tribe), due to the deafening roar of their motorcycles when riding in groups.

They date back to the 1950s, and were urban motorcyclists similar in appearance to the British Rockers of the same era.

Many Kaminari zoku members were returned servicemen (often surviving Kamikaze pilots) and joined Kaminari zoku groups for many of the same reasons people in all countries join gangs.

They joined up to feel like they were part of something bigger while at the same time thumbing their nose at a society they felt had rejected and abandoned them.

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Today, the Kaminari zoku have all but died out for all intents and purposes, though their 'descendants' (for want of a better term) can still be seen every Sunday, in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.
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No youth sub-culture is complete without its music, and musicans such as Johnny Ōkura, and bands like 'Carol', dressed in menacing black leather jackets and leather pants as well as hair in greasy long regents.

'Carol' used a similarly-attired biker gang called the 'Cools' as security at their concerts, who later formed their own musical group.

The Kaminari zoku have all but died out, though their 'descendants' (for want of a better term) can still be seen dressed up in Fifties gear and dancing around a boom box to At the Hop every Sunday, in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.


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BIRTH OF THE MOTORCYCLE GANG: USA x JAPAN
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SEE ALSO:
ZOKU (Tribe)





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