03 November 2008

Dekochari - Crazy Japanese Cycle Cats

These cats are mad cats and their bikes are wild. As ever, the Japanese win hands down when it comes to Over The Topness - this time with the Dekochari fad. 'Deko-' meaning 'Decorate' and '-Chari' meaning slang for bike.

It's a follow-on from the cultural phenomenon of decorating trucks - dekoTORA. Something you see all over the world but again, OTT in Japan.

Dekochari involves pimping your bike to the max. To the extreme. To a place far beyond rational thinking. Lights, bumpers, stereos, more lights. The way the Japanese embrace fads is amazing and charming and not a little spooky.

It's only fitting that it is in one of the world's great bicycle cultures that the dekochari culture blossoms.

In another Asia-related piece, fellow bike-blogger Qian, in Australia, has a humourous comparison between the Sentai [Power Rangers] characters and many cyclists.
Here's the link to his post on Fahrradsozialismus.

Nothing to do with bikes, but here's the phone call where Sarah Palin got pranked into thinking she was talking to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Too funny.


Mumblion said...

Thanks for the post! I had been fascinated by the Dekochari fad myself for a while, but I didn't know exactly how to describe it to people unfamiliar with it.

Last year I ran into this bike here in Portland.
Now that I think about it, maybe this is a very weird variation of Dekochari. I'm sure there are others like this out there who may not know about the Dekochari in Japan, but have made some crazy bike all on their own.

chococat78 said...

It never ceases to amaze me how people customize their bikes. Some of them look pretty cool, but I can't help but wonder if some of them are hard to ride.

Anywho, I do like the creativity they put into their bikes :)