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Sights & Sounds

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!