Bosozoku: Japan’s Car-Tuning Subculture

© Speedhunters Mike Garrett
© Speedhunters Mike GarrettBoso
Vans, known as RVs in Japan, have also horned in on the Boso action. These expressions of Bosozoku have the look of a cartoon spaceship that’s a set of thrusters away from taking flight. The rides tend to take an upward trend . . . their lion mane-like styling extends into the air more than out and away from the vehicle. They still play the long-spoiler card, but are less outlandish in this regard. Jeweled colors, a hunkered stance, and wild interiors are common traits, but these RVs don’t usually light up as much as their bigger Dekotora subculture siblings.

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