Gracshaw launches six Japanese-themed motorcycle helmets
Gracshaw has launched its Japan Edition motorcycle helmets. Inspired by Japanese history, mythology and pop-culture, there are six designs:
The designs are on Gracshaw Gennex helmets which are open-face with double visors. Each helmet is RM420 and comes with a protective backpack.
The Gracshaw Japan Edition Helmet designs are statements of style, expressions of individuality and extensions of the rider’s personality.
The designs are as follows:
- Japanese folk tales
The Kurita (クリタ) is based on a popular Japanese fable about a giant octopus, one of the sea monsters sent to recover the sacred jewel stolen from the Palace of the Dragon King by a pearl diver, Princess Tamatori. Other design elements include the katana sword, pearl, waves and flowers.
The Tsuru 鶴 (つる) features the red-crowned crane, called the tanchōzuru in Japan. It is one of the rarest in the world and regarded as a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity. In folklore, they have a lifespan of a 1,000 years and grant favours in return for acts of sacrifice, a term known as Tsuru no Ongaeshi – crane’s return of a favour.
2. Japanese Pop Culture
Inspired by anime and manga is Japop (ジャポップ). The helmet depicts a combination of traditional elements such as fish and animals with dinosaurs and the popular manga character Astro Boy.
Tengu 天狗 (てんぐ) is based on a mischievous supernatural being from Japanese folklore called a Tengu. The Tengu has a red face, long nose, robes and wings and should not be underestimated as he has the power to control wind and cause chaos.
3. Japanese History
The Oda 織田 (おだ) design pays tribute to Nobunaga Oda, a fearless Japanese warlord from the Sengoku period. The head of the powerful Oda clan, he waged war against other feudal lords and manage to unify Japan in the 1560s. The Battle of Okehazama was a significant turning point in Japanese history with Oda defeating an army 10 times the size of his own. Key design elements include a katana-wielding Oda wearing a fearsome mask, his silhouette on a horse against a rising sun and the spider lily.
Lastly, the Karasu (カラス) helmet features weapons associated with ninjas such as the shuriken, kunai and kusarigama. Legendary ninja Hattori Hanzo served the Tokugawa clan and was credited with saving the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu, a shogun who went on to rule a united Japan. Hanzo commanded a 200-men strong unit of ninja warriors. It was claimed Hanzo had supernatural abilities that made him invincible.
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