Included in the blog above is a very detailed and fascinating timeline of the history of hip hop in Japan. What struck me was the prominence and centrality of breaking culture to Japanese Hip Hop. As the writer points out, the seminal US Hip Hop film Wildstyle contributed greatly, and even acted as a ‘patient zero’ for the strains of hip hop that entered Japan.
Above is a clip from the Rock Steady Crew’s tour in Japan. What’s interesting to me when considering the clip is that Japan has a very specific style of breakdance, one that incorporates classic 80’s B-Boy moves. Even to this day, one can see the makings of this style in clips like this, wherein posing between break-beats establishes the various characters in the crew.