• Laura Miller
  • Jan Bardsley


In 2001, during a night of carousing, an all-girl biker gang engaged a rival girl-gang in a brawl. Skirmishes of this sort are not particularly noteworthy but this one was different. Before the score was settled one of the gangs attacked the other with Molotov cocktails.1 Needless to say, as Molotov tossing is against the law in Japan, all the women, ranging from early teens to early twenties, were arrested. “[We’d seen] this TV show where a helmeted student hurled a Molotov cocktail at police and thought it would be a good weapon in our fights.” When asked about the fight, Tanaka Tomoko, gang member and beautician, gave this explanation to the police.


Japanese Woman Gang Member Performance Artist Woman Writer Luxury Brand 
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