America and Japan have given the world probably the most famous low car styles there are: lowriders in the States, bosozoku and shakotan in Japan. Low as they may be, these cars don’t have all that much in common. Just ask Shin Sato, who made his name in Japan building them all.
The umbrella term bosozoku seems to be the go-to term for any car that’s a bit rebel, with exhausts that stick out like a stubborn nail that refuses to be hammered down. But it has its own specific (and disappearing) history, something that could’ve been born only in a strict society like Japan’s. The societal expectations and restrictions here were the perfect conditions for a counterculture scene like the bosozoku to appear.
Taking the spirit of the modifications from their bikes, the birth of the bosozoku genre of cars was born. Commonly known as shakotan, or