Bosozoku: Japan’s Car-Tuning Subculture

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Move over Optimus Prime of “Transformers” fame — Bosozoku has a truck scene. Dekotora translates to “decorated truck,” and these niche rides merged into the Boso collective after a movie franchise hit the screens in 1975. Dubbed “Torakku Yaro” or “Truck Guys,” the plot centered around a trucker and his wildly dressed over-the-road truck. Japan’s truck drivers took the baton and pushed the limit. Dekotora has the aggressive Boso bodywork but the claim to fame is extravagant, over-the-top lighting. Most have standalone generators for tripping the lights fantastic at car shows and parking lot hangouts.

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