I seem to have missed this in Japan, the video is excellent! Pink Tentacle writes –
For decades in Japan, dekochari (deko means â€œdecorationâ€ and chari means â€œbicycleâ€) have been the ride of choice for hardcore dekotora fans that are too young to drive. Modeled after Japanâ€™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 â€œIchiban-boshi Bluesâ€ (sung by Bunta Sugawara and Kinya Aikawa), the theme song from the Torakku Yarou movie series that sparked Japanâ€™s dekotora craze in the â€™70s.
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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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