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I seem to have missed this in Japan, the video is excellent! Pink Tentacle writes -

For decades in Japan, dekochari (deko means “decoration” and chari means “bicycle”) have been the ride of choice for hardcore dekotora fans that are too young to drive. Modeled after Japan’s celebrated art trucks, dekochari typically feature large front bumpers, ornate luggage racks, rear-mounted boxes that resemble truck trailers, colorful paint jobs, lots of chrome, and sophisticated electric light displays. This video pieces together random night scenes from Dekochari Yarou, a documentary that profiles a few dekochari enthusiasts and their custom rides. The soundtrack is “Ichiban-boshi Blues” (sung by Bunta Sugawara and Kinya Aikawa), the theme song from the Torakku Yarou movie series that sparked Japan’s dekotora craze in the ’70s.

Dekochari art bikes (video) ::: Pink Tentacle – [via] Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Bryce says:

    Oh man, great find! Looking into the Dekotora craze is really fascinating, but I keep watching this video, even in the background for the music! I’m looking everywhere, but it seems the only way to get it is to order a CD online. Is there anywhere I can buy the track digitally? iTunes doesn’t have it, Amazon doesn’t have it… Someone help! :]

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