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Takenoko-zoku (竹の子族, lit. "bamboo shoot tribe") describes a type of dance group active from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s in Tokyo, especially in Harajuku. The teenagers, mainly girls but often with one boy leading, were colorfully dressed and danced in a distinctive style on the sidewalk to music from stereos.[1] To an extent, they were precursors to the gyaru groups that would eventually arise in the 90s.[1]

A performance of a takenoko-zoku group can be seen in Chris Marker's film Sans Soleil.


  1. ^ a b Okubo, Miki. "Harajuku – District for Anti-fashion". SemiotiX – Design, Style and Fashion. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 

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