Wanted to show you how some womens bicycles in Osaka look like.
Bicycles are often called "cha-rinko" in Osaka.
If the bicycle is used by moms who take their kids here and there in their attached extra seats, then the bicycle is called a "mama-cha-ri". There has been controversy over this as it is dangerous.
Anyway, on the handles of this particular bicycle (in the photo), are vinyl "mittens" which protect your hands from the cold.
In the middle of the handle bar is a gadget to put your umbrella when it is raining or to protect you from the sun.
On the front and back of the bicycle are wire baskets with coverings to protect against hittakuri (purse snatching).
This particular bicycle looks like it is also battery powered, to give you some help going up hills.
I've heard that Osakans are the only people to ride their bicycle in the rain.
If they don't have that gadget attached to their bicycle, you can almost always see someone holding their umbrella in one hand, and steering the bicycle with the other...totally dangerous if you ask me.
It is Friday here...hope Santa brings you everything you are wishing for.