The bōsōzoku, which are Japanese motorcycle clubs, have existed since the 1950s. Born out of post-war counterculture and an expanding automobile market, bōsōzoku riders took to the streets on heavily customized bikes to show off their social influence.
While traditionally boys' clubs, the bōsōzoku have a version of American biker "old ladies," and in recent years, the Japanese motorcycle clubs have become more inclusive through necessity - their numbers are steadily declining. Nevertheless, members of the youthful Japanese counterculture have made their presence known via #bōsōzoku on Instagram, and they continue to ride freely through the streets of Japan.
The rise and fall of the bōsōzoku motorcycle clubs document a wild history of riders who refuse to let their legacy end.