when mexico met japan

Chicano Japanese are big fans of Chicano culture.

Chicano culture became popular in the 1990s when mainly Mexican descendants in the US brought a new style of dress and behavior. They used to walk around in white tank tops with baggy jeans and were tattooed. Besides them, there were also women who walked in a similar style. In many cases, they could also have a cap or bandana.


Learn more about how this culture arrived in Japan here.

Chicano Japanese and the culture of cholos and cholas


First of all, let’s emphasize that this is not the place to make a long description of the presence of Mexicans in the US and all the prejudice they faced and face. It’s about valuing their culture and how it arrived in Japan being highly loved.

Chicanos are also often called cholas and cholas. These terms usually refer to those who are of Latin American descent. And this term can also be used to refer to a group or groups of young people who started this new culture in the USA, mainly in the state of California.

According to the Japan Junky website, more often than not, you’ll see cholos wearing a combination of tartan, flannels, T-shirts or oversized tops, a headband or a baseball cap paired with baggy pants or jeans. They usually accessorize everything with accessories like sunglasses, gold chains, and even a ton of tattoos. This is basically what a cholo looks like. Comfortable and loose with a hint of edge.


But, how did all these references arrive in Japan and gain fans?

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Although chicanos and cholos have quite a history, Japanese cholo culture is quite new. There is no story that proves to be the origins of Japanese cholo culture, but it is said that a Japanese journalist traveled to Los Angeles in the early 1990s to cover a lowrider event, which is modified cars that are lowered in the rear mainly. He came back fascinated by the culture and shared his experiences and photos with people in Japan.

Others say that the crop started to become more popular in the late 80’s to early 90’s because of magazines like Lowrider Magazine. During this period, Japan was opening up more culturally to the outside world, and Japanese people began to be more fascinated with anything non-Japanese as the bubble economy ended.


People who traveled to Los Angeles and returned with a deep interest in cholo culture decided to replicate its essence.

Japanese cholo culture is quite prominent in cities such as Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo. In each city, there are areas where you’ll see more members of the surrounding community and stores to buy LA imports that resemble the style everyone else wears.

It is even possible to see lowriders around these locations and meet Japanese Chicanos.

Just a two-hour drive from Tokyo, Nagoya is home to Japan’s largest lowrider community. The best-known car club in the city is the Pharaoh Car Club, founded by the Japanese godfather Junichi Shimodaira🇧🇷 He has been active in the lowrider community for over 30 years – pretty much since the beginning.

Shimodaira is one of the few guys that people in the Japanese cholo culture look up to for anything to do with that subculture and lowrider culture – he’s a role model that people look up to.

Below you can see one of the musical expressions of Japan influenced by this culture of MoNa aka Sad Girl🇧🇷

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