Japanese Bikes and Bicycles, what can you see in the streets of Tokyo?

Bicycle is a popular mean of transportation in Japan and is widely used by people of all ages. Most Japanese bicycles are not made for sports, but are rather geared for comfort with extra accessories like the popular front basket.

Road bicycles, which are commonly used by commuters in American or European cities and known for their low weight and high speed, are rather rare in Japan. Only race-oriented bicycle shops carry them and they are not often seen on the streets. The accessorized and comfortable commuter bikes are named Mamachari in Japanese and like their name suggests (mama is used to name moms in Japan), are often used by the latter to carry a whole family to school.

Interestingly, a lot of smaller, fold-able bicycles can be seen in Tokyo, probably due to the easy storage in Tokyo’s small apartments. I guess also that most train lines would accept those folding bicycles if they are folded and stored in an appropriate bag.

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Gaijin San

Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can’t express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration!

For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. “Gaijin” means foreigner and “San” is a honorific suffix in Japanese.

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