With the wind on my face…

I recently bought a bicycle online from Rakuten. It’s an inexpensive mama-chari type, but should suit me well enough for the simple things like grocery shopping, taking clothes to cleaners, etc.  (image of bike below is taken from Rakuten, not my actual bike)

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Last Tuesday (being on early shift) I finally managed to get home while there was still a decent amount of daylight outside, and since it wasn’t raining (as it has been for the last few days) I decided to try my bicycle for the first time.

I decided that I’d try to make my way over to the still-under-contruction Tokyo Skytree. I’ve seen it off in the distance almost every day on my way to work, and it didn’t look that far off. A quick check on Google maps confirmed it, showing it to be only about 2.3 miles away from my apartment so I hopped on my bicycle and set out.

It was really quite close!  Though I did make a couple of wrong starts, once I figured out the right direction, it was pretty much a straight shot/20 min. bike ride.

The Tokyo Sky Tree is already impressively tall.  There is (obviously) still alot of construction before it’s completed, and from what I can see, it’s not open to the public yet.  It’s already taller than the Tokyo Tower though, and up close it becomes this impressively massive structure.  (sorry for the blurry pics – only had my blackberry with me)

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It’s really been a while (over a year!) since I’ve been on a bicycle and I’d forgotten how enjoyable it is.  I see it being as more for fun and convenience than serving any exercise function, but it should help me get to know my own area a little better.

I’ll hopefully be doing much more biking in the coming days!


  • Josh
    June 4, 2010 - 15:20 | Permalink

    Thanks for the skytree pictures Jeff! I really must head back there to check it out! Your bike looks super kickass! I miss ya man!

  • June 4, 2010 - 15:39 | Permalink

    Hope you can visit when the Sky Tree is completed – I’m sure you’d take some pretty awesome pictures of it. 🙂

  • June 4, 2010 - 19:11 | Permalink

    Hey, kiddo, that looks like my bike! For a moment, I thought ‘Josh’ was our Josh and just said to him, ‘wow, your comment is so out of character!’…was he surprised 😛

    Hope you’re wearing a helmet when you ride…glad you got the bike…they are so handy and fun.

  • July 20, 2010 - 17:00 | Permalink

    You know, the iPhone has an excellent feature in its Google Maps application. When you’re riding your new mama-cheri, you can stop to figure out where you are by bringing up the app and clicking the little pointer in the lower left. It’s generally crap at finding the exact location of addresses, but it’s generally pretty damn good at telling you where you (though it often gets the wrong side of the street for some reason).

    That said, the iPhone bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbblows as a phone. If I were to do it over again, I’d get an iPod touch and keep my old free Toshiba AU phone, which was an excellent phone and never mind the BS “features”.

  • July 31, 2010 - 15:44 | Permalink

    Sorry it took so long to approve your post Michael! I thought I had already approved it but realized otherwise when I was posting today…
    Thanks also for the suggestion, but I’m still hoping to get an Android powered phone at some point. The iPhone is cool and all but… it just doesn’t appeal to me.

  • July 31, 2010 - 15:45 | Permalink

    It’s been a while Josh! Hope to see you back in Tokyo at some point in the near future! 🙂

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