is simply a subculture that was popular
in Japan in the 80's and 90's. Moreover, it was basically the style of delinquent students. They were characterized
by punch perms or pompadours, shaved eyebrows, altered school uniforms, popping squats, being poor students and causing violence or trouble. Yanki
is a term
that applies to both
boys and girls. Although it is said some yanki
would be recruited into
the yakuza, or Japanese organized crime, this is not always true. Many yanki
simply joined the regular
workforce and lived regular
, productive lives after high school. Being a yanki
was simply a way to enjoy youth and lash out at society similar to the punk
in the West.
Bosozoku had a similar style to yanki
, but were
known for their
outrageous and illegally modified motorcycles. Their
outfits usually consisted of long jackets or flight
kanji with multiple meanings. On occasion, bike gangs would gather and parade down streets interfering with traffic or waking
people at night. In their
heyday, both yanki
and bosozoku were
considered a menace to society.
" has been popularized in American culture through
the movie Kamikaze Girls. However, in Japan it comprises whole a genre of comics, movies, and even music.
He used to be a feared yanki with
a huge pompadour and shaved eyebrows, but now he is a family-man working construction.
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