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Tsurikawa means "hang" (tsuri) “leather” (kawa) in Ja­panese and, in this case, re­lates to the strap and loop train han­dles that hang from the ceil­ings of trains in Ja­pan. Some­how, some young Ja­panese gang­sters looked at the han­dles and thought, “If I stole that and put it in my car, it would per­fectly show my dis­re­spect for the au­thor­i­ties.” It was prob­a­bly said way less elo­quently though.

These young Ja­panese gang­sters, also known as boso­zokus, stole tsurikawas to throw the fin­ger to cops, and were orig­i­nally at­tached in­side cars so pas­sen­gers could slide their wrist in­side the ring and “safely” hang their body out­side the win­dow. Later, the han­dles were hung from the out­side of the car, usu­ally from the fac­tory tow hook lo­ca­tion, to show off the low ride height. Tsurikawas quickly be­came the sym­bol of reck­less youth and hard­core Ja­panese car en­thu­si­asts are still flaunt­ing them to ex­press their free­dom, though now you don't need to com­mit a crime to get your hands on one. A hus­band and wife team in Ja­pan have taken to mak­ing tsurikawas by hand to give en­thu­si­asts a le­gal al­ter­na­tive. At JDMT­surikawa, they of­fer clas­sic­style train han­dles, as well as mod­ern takes in dif­fer­ent col­ors and fin­ishes. For ex­am­ple, their “Ky­oto Edi­tion” tsurikawas are made from bam­boo rings and gen­uine Ja­panese cloths as­so­ci­ated with dif­fer­ent items, land­marks and ar­eas from Ja­pan. They're also limited edi­tion and pack­aged with a cer­tifi­cate of au­then­tic­ity, as such.

JDM Tsurikawa also makes a line called “Bad Ro­mance,” which is in­spired by the leg­endary heart tsurikawa of Ki­rara, Ky­oto. The rail­way com­pany there has in­stalled a unique, pink, heartshaped tsurikawa in one of its 22 carts, among all of its 1,028 other reg­u­lar han­dles, and con­sid­ers it a game for pas­sen­gers to find. They even change the po­si­tion ev­ery few days to keep things in­ter­est­ing! Peo­ple be­lieve that find­ing it has sig­nif­i­cance to their love life, and while that may be true, JDMT­surikawa is mak­ing no such claims about their heart-shaped line – though, you never know.

So, whether you're chas­ing love, want to feel like a gang­ster, or just plain love this part of the Ja­panese au­to­mo­tive scene, JDMT­surikawa is a great place to get your train han­dles safely and from a le­git source. Check them out at JDMT­surikawa.com!

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