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They were viewed as creative and influential to fashion by some, and looked on with confusion and amusement by others. Sukeban were known for forming all girl gangs, and then committing acts of violence and shoplifting. They were inspired by the gangs of boys known as Bancho, who hoped to one day join the yakuza.
There was quite a range in size for the Sukeban groups, but the largest was known as the Kanto Women Delinquent Alliance, which included 20,000 girls. The Sukeban girls followed strict rules within their own groups, and breaking them would result in lynching.
The Takenokozoku were some of the first to form Harajuku into one of the best known places to view Japanese street fashion.
By the 80s, the number of male biker groups began to decrease.
Japanese fashion usually brings to mind kimono, yukata, or the sailor school uniforms.
And for many people around the world who are interested in fashion, the lesser known styles and subcultures of Japan are becoming more widely recognized.
Large groups of Takenokozoku would choreograph dances in the streets of Harajuku, playing the current popular music on their boom boxes.
Motorcycle gangs became popular in Japan in the early 60s, and became known as Speed Tribes (Bosozoku). At the time, it was estimated by police that at least 26,000 Japanese citizens were involved in a biker gang.