Dekochari & Dekotora (ή εκεί που η καγκουριά συναντά την τέχνη)

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The Dekochari or decoration charinko  is a form of art bike indigenous to Japan dating back to the mid 1970s. ‘Deko’ in Japanese is short for decoration and ‘Chari’ is slang for bike. The Dekochari was a response by children to the Dekotora (‘Tora’ is short for Truck) craze which swept Japan after a series of movies called Truck Yaro was released. These movies featured giant trucks decked out in chrome and flashy lights.

Unable to drive the giant chrome-plated flashing trucks they coveted, children instead built plywood boxes around their bikes and attached chrome plating and lights. Almost all current Dekochari’s have elaborate light displays and many include hi-fi audio systems and cup-holders. 

See more Japanese dekochari “cangaroos” here. 

Photos from Satoshi Minakawa.

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2 Responses to “Dekochari & Dekotora (ή εκεί που η καγκουριά συναντά την τέχνη)”

  1. lyntzos_ Says:

    …nai….kai?

  2. bolek Says:

    afou sto leei mwre:

    ‘Almost all current Dekochari’s have elaborate light displays and many include hi-fi audio systems and cup-holders’.

    ilike ilike

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