We show that a quantum dynamical localization effect can be observed in a generic thermalization process of two weakly coupled chaotic subsystems. Specifically, our model consists of the minimal experimentally relevant subsystems that exhibit chaos, which are 3-site Bose-Hubbard units. Due to the high dimensionality of the composite 6-site system, the quantum localization effect is weak and cannot be resolved merely by the breakdown of quantum-to-classical correspondence. Instead, we adopt an intrinsic definition of localization as the memory of initial conditions, which is not related to the underlying classical dynamics. We discuss the dynamics in the chaotic sea, and in the vicinity of the mobility edge, beyond which ergodization is suppressed.
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- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics