Case in point: bicycles. Japan loves Mama Chari. Mama Chari are sturdy, reliable unisex bicycles with a basket.
Mama Chari is a Japanese term that somehow sprang from the English "Mother's Chariot".
In Japan, everyone rides mama chari. Check any bicycle parking lot: at least 95% mama chari.
Office ladies ride them.
Oji-san ride them.
Salary men ride them.
School children ride them.
Kids learn to ride on them.
Even the police ride them.
They are great for carrying groceries (here a security guard helps a woman with her bicycle as she loads groceries).