JR East has installed a single pair of heart-shaped hand straps on trains running along the Keiyo Line, leading up to Valentine’s Day
JR East made the announcement about their strangely romantic gesture via its Facebook page last weekend. The company says that the straps can be found on Keiyo trains until Feb 14, but the trains in which they are installed and their locations within them will change over the days. They hope that this small gesture could help love to bloom on trains and give other riders a romantic show if it does.
The Keiyo Line (not to be confused with the Keio Corporation’s Keio Line) serves parks and many large-scale shopping and entertainment facilities such as Tokyo Disneyland in the event of a spontaneous date breaking out.
Reaction to the announcement on Facebook was largely positive, with many calling the idea “cute” and saying things like, “This is a playful idea! Indeed when I rush onto the train I wouldn’t notice what hand-strap I grab. But if I looked up and noticed the heart by chance it would be pretty fun.”
Of course there were also some who didn’t get into the spirit of the event calling it “ridiculous” and saying “there’s a high probability that this will just make people uncomfortable.”
Whether you’re looking for the heart-shaped straps or looking to avoid them, you better keep your eyes up when riding the Keiyo Line. As JR East said, the locations will change regularly. I guess they won’t end up in the Women Only cars, although you’ll excuse me when I say that that could be kind of hot.
Source: Facebook – JR East via Netlab
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