If you want to ‘understand’ Japanese bboying, watch their hands

There is something a little bit different about bboys in Japan.

Sure, many countries would make that claim about something from their country, but I think it’s true in this case because of a simple difference: other bboys might enjoy doing the dangerous, but many Japanese bboys seem to revel in doing things that are downright destructive.

Perhaps I’m over-intellectualising this (who? me? over-intellectualise? never!) but I think that it speaks of a wider, historic tradition in Japan. A cultural and perhaps even philosophical penchant for pursuing mushin by pushing oneself far beyond the point of breaking. The samurai did it, and judging by a number of the moves in the video below, the Japanese bboys do it.

Just look out for the way they don’t use their hands in some moves….

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