Bosozoku: Japan’s Car-Tuning Subculture

© Speedhunters Richard Opie
© Speedhunters Richard OpieTsurikawa

This term translates into “a leather strap to hang onto” and it refers to the hanging ring handles on Japanese subway cars. Savvy Bosozoku fans began using these rings inside their rides as handles to hang out car windows for general shenanigans and outside as decorative tow hooks. Displaying the Tsurikawa represented an unruly edge because the rings had to be stolen from trains. When used as tow hooks, wearing down the rings was a bragging right — testifying that your car rides super low. Today there are rings made specifically for cars — no larceny required.

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