While I was in Japan, I helped the City of Obu design their bottled water label. It’s quite interesting that the city bottles their water and distribute to their municipal events. Awesome opportunity that was given to me by the Water Division! Getting to teach about bike safety as well as illustrating a water bottle [...] Continue Reading »
Since I have got a touring bike getting a bike bag was definitely on the list. Bike bags generally are not the most good looking accessory and for a traditional bike, the need to look ‘right’ is very important at least to me). Luckily the trip to Nagoya last year meant I was able to [...] Continue Reading »
My last bike ride with the team in Obu City in this exchange was to Toyota. Yes, the city where the car manufacturer originated is also home to a vast area of natural beauty. My voice was completely gone from a cold on the Tuesday before so I was a bit off on the day [...] Continue Reading »
I worked in many marathons but this is the first time I am in one, not as a runner, but the leading vehicles. Most marathons use motercycles which I often think it affects the head runners with their fumes. So it was touching to hear that Obu’s marathon invited me to join Aisan Cycling Team‘s [...] Continue Reading »
Last week I went riding in Kyoto, the place where I originally brought my touring bike.
I am really going to miss this. Riding with good food and interesting things to see along the route to explore. This is what makes riding in Japan such a pleasure.
I was invited to go to Cultural Division’s Trip to Kyoto. This is one of my favourite cities and opened an opportunity for me to discover it with the locals.
Relaxing Maneki Neko, a photo by akakumo on Flickr. There is no cat cafe in Obu but I heard there is one in Nagoya. I might check it out before I go. Tokyo and Osaka probably have the most cat cafes in the country. For now Lou, here is an unusual maneki neko.
There was been a surge of bicycle usage in Japan after the March earthquake. The assumption is that riding is the most reliable mode of transport where energy saving is the priority.
I have been a bit lazy in keeping the blog up-to-date. There are a backlog of stuff I want to post. Last Saturday I went to visit my Aikido Sensei, he has a soba shop/cooking school in Seki (I forgot to take a shot of the Tempura Soba Set I had, I gobbled it up [...] Continue Reading »
I had a bit of a craz for baseball when I was in primary school. So it was very exciting when we went to a game last Friday.