Bamboo Samurai ~developing craftsmanship culture and coexisting with bamboo forests~
This blog is an ongoing record of traveling world with bamboo bike and starting / growing up social enterprise,"Bamboo Samurai". Bamboo Samurai will make bamboo bike and attractive bamboo products by using only Japanese bamboo. I will contribute to develop craftsmanship, coexist with bamboo forests in Japan and to build ecological world all over the world. I am loving Nature, biking, and bamboo. Please keep supporting Bamboo Samurai! Bamboo Samurai Founder,Takashi
The number of vistims, Earthquake and Tsunami is gradually increased. 200 over now..Also the scene of damaged place by Tsunami is so terrible. And many aftershocks still continue.
Bamboo Samurai donated US $10 to fund-raising project to help them on Facebook, Help Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Victims", http://www.causes.com/campaigns/154523
Takashi 2011/3/12 @Komae, Tokyo
There was an earthquake in Japan around 3p.m. magnitude 8.8. At that time I studied in a classroom of University. When I rushed/ escaped out from university, the bridge trembled and almost was destroyed. All trains around Tokyo did not work, so I walked toward home, took about 4 hours. I was tired. I just called my family, friends, they are all fine. But terrible situation there are in Japan, particularly north east of Japan, Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima.
I introduce an unique restaurant in Shizuoka, Japan today.
The name is "Cafe Restaurant HACHIKUYA ", have already new-opened on January 21,2011!
In this restaurant there are many bamboo products; bamboo charcoal, bamboo chair, bamboo floor, bamboo powder..etc. You can see, touch, feel those bamboo!
And there are some bamboo foods; bamboo sausage, bamboo cookie, etc. Also you can eat some vegetables and foods brought up by bamboo powders as a fertilizer, as a feed. You can eat, taste those bamboo!
You must be relaxed in this cafe restaurant with tyo many bamboo!
,feel good with bamboo atmosphere!
It is fine day today at Tokyo. Today TV in house is wrong, so my aunt and I and Chibi(dog) can not watch TV both on Today and tomorrow....
I have spent writing thesis of business school all day. I am late that other students, but I enjoy writing thesis with remembering journey in Japan, United States, have already written 677 pages of thesis..., with listening music of Leona Lewis! British singer, one of my favorite pop singers, with eating Bentoh! (photo) If it is possible, I want this thesis, or diary of journey with bamboo bike to be a book.
Bamboo bike stayed at my aunt's house in Tokyo, I visited Doshisya University of Imadegawa, Kyoto on 17 Feb, today to join a conference related to bamboo, "Bamboo Cafe in Kyoto". It was rainy day, a little cold. I arrived at Kyoto after 6 month abstinence. Bamboo Cafe was founded 3 years ago, is a platform to discuss about overpopulated bamboo forests in Japan with some organizations, experts. Today's conference was held between 3p.m. and 9p.m.
I talked about my journey with bamboo bike in a conference. This experience was good for me and bamboo bike. And there was an important suggestion about safety problem of durability about bamboo bike.
In that conference I drank hot tea, ate curry. That tea smelled very sweet, like an apple.
In a latter half of conference there was a lecture about traditional Japanese design related in life style using bamboo. I understood that design was complicated work related to old art works, life style, Japanese old poem, craftsmanship, finance. Professor said that design was called in Italy as a work by King or God. Cool. And furthermore I heard 2 interesting stories. One was related to situation, another was image. In Japanese traditional design works every creatures head to left from right, means move towards left side. And head light of Toyota Lexus was inspired by eyes of Japanese old Buddhist statue, "Niou-san". Niou-san is powerful statue and very known in Japan. I have known those things for the first time. Cool. Takashi 2011/2/17 @Imadegawa, Kyoto
Today it snowed in Tokyo, it was beautiful to see snow on the roof of houses, cars. It was very cold and saw my breath occurred white from my mouth. Because I caught a cold today, a little more I felt colder, maybe.. Also today is a holiday, National Foundation Day".
Today I was invited by my friend, Fred to meet Sano who made mahogany bikes, his company "Sanomagic".
In Japan trip with bamboo bike last August I got kind e-mail from him, he was the first bamboosero's bamboo bike rider in Japan. I am the second, also I met a gentleman in Hiroshima who was the third bamboo bike rider in Japan. Strange bamboo band~~! Isn't it?~~
I saw 3 mahogany bikes, awesome beautiful! This mahogany bike was displayed at Euro bike.
Sano makes these bikes by his own hands, originally he makes wooden boats. And Fred brought his own bamboo bike, which was made from bamboo in Kyoto, Japan, so he put his bamboo bike side by mahogany bikes. 4 natural material bikes there were, cool~.
He was so kind that I got a chance to ride on a mahogany bike, weighed very light, felt as if I were flying while riding, easy to pedal.
Sano told us about the spirits of craftsmanship, his passion to make products, competitiveness of Japan, his theory to make mahogany bike. I felt strong emotion to listen his story.
I got great experiences today, Thank you Sano san, Fred!
In Tokyo, fine days has been continued these days, I also have spent busy days in re-writing thesis. I completed summary of thesis, and now writing contents of thesis. The theme of my thesis is "Public relations and Analysis of business model of Bamboo Samurai, a social enterprise solves neglected bamboo forests. - carrying out and analysis of extreme event, cross Japan and United States with bamboo bike- "
I sleep in a room of my school, I may have to bring a sleeping bag into this room~-~..
Next week I will visit Doshisha University in Kyoto and will do presentation about my journey in United States with bamboo bike there. Takashi 2010/2/10 @Komae-city
("Japanese bicyclist arrives in Brooklyn", Mountain Democrat Newspaper, Dec 31, 2010)
Tyo happy! I reaceived a newspaper from Placerville, California tonight. I and bamboo bike appeared on a front-page of that newspaper with New Year celebration 2011! At Placerville I home-stayed at a house of "cool lady" 's with Ben and bamboo bikes. At that wonderful night she played "Orinoco Flow" with piano for us. Also we drank some beers,"Coors light" together and took great rest with talking and spent one of the happiest time.
("Japanese bicyclist arrives in Brooklyn", Mountain Democrat Newspaper, Dec 31, 2010)
An additional story about us there is now. On January 24, 2011, when I appeared on Japanese radio, "Flowers", I asked the director of that radio program to play "Orinoco Flow"as a good memory in United States. He was so kind and excited that he played "Orinoco Flow" on that radio program. Cool. thanks.
("Japanese bicyclist arrives in Brooklyn", a front-page of Mountain Democrat Newspaper, Dec 31 , 2010)
("Japanese bicyclist arrives in Brooklyn", A-14 of Mountain Democrat Newspaper, Dec 31, 2010)
There has been no rained these days in Tokyo..
On January 24, I appeared on Japanese radio program, "Flowers", via Japan FM networks, which locates near Hanzoumon sta., Tokyo. I talked to Eiko Matsumoto, D.J., a famous singer, about my activity with bamboo bike. Her voice is tyo clear, transparent, pretty, beautiful, if you have time, please listen her songs, one of her beautiful songs, "Squall", tyo good!. On that radio, we talked about, "what is bamboo bike?", "how was homestay in United States?", "What is donation project?"..etc. I was tyo happy to talk these things, because of promotion of bamboo bike, bamboo, kind people, friends met in United States, donation project. Also thank you so much, Eiko Matsumoto-san, staffs of "Flowers".
My donation project, is "Bamboo Samurai for Glide Church", plans to donate 4 bamboo plants and 20-25 bamboo dining bowls and plates to church in San Francisco, please join us, also please donate, thanks, keep going. Takashi 2011/1/24 @Hanzoumon
On January 17, I was invited to the debuts press interview of Ashoka Japan, there I handed out presentation data of Bamboo Samurai's activity to the staff of Ashoka Japan. Ashoka is a fund which invests to individuals who contribute to solve social problem in the world. Cool. This special meeting also wonderful experience were tyo happy and very proudful for me and bamboo bike, hoping from their contacts in the future, Bamboo Samurai will keep going, keep going. Thank you so much for everyone who have been supporting me and bamboo bike, keep going with friends.
("Bill Drayton, debuts press interview of Ashoka Japan")
After that meeting I met Ben strong at Ebisu, Japan, Ebisu is a famous place for beer brewing in Japan, "Ebisu beer" is one of the most famous beer in Japan. Ben, who is a staff of VIA, traveled with bamboo bike together in California, so kind that he taught me English, how to cook, how to camp in the beginning of our journey, also sent me his bamboo bike after accident(my first bamboo bike was broken at that accident). I enjoyed eating Vietnam foods with him and his friends in Ebisu. Thank you Ben.
Yesterday, 1/21 I got an application of Ph.D of mechanical engineering of Doshisha University, have to prepare for the entrance exam held on Feb 18, to make bamboo bike by myself.
Yesterday I also received a request to live appearance of Japanese radio program, wow! The program is "Flowers", via Japanese FM networks, by DJ Eiko Matsumoto, a famous singer. On that radio I will talk about some stories that I and bamboo bike were helped, supported by many people whom we met in the journey of United States. "Flowers" will set to some radio stations in Japan from Monday to Thursday 13:30-16:45, each frequency you can check via this site, Bamboo Samurai will set to air on 1/24 15:20-15:40, if you have time, please listen, stay tune, thanks. Takashi 2011/1/22 @Komae-city, Tokyo
Now I stay in a classroom of Keio University, my school. Yesterday, I finished doing presentation of University, that presentation reported about bamboo products, bamboo in Japan and journey with bamboo bike. In that happy presentation there were some laughter, serious suggestions. After presentation my professor said to me, "exciting presentation". Now I feel a sense of relief. And Bamboo Samurai was aired to Japanese radio, INTERFM 76.1, "Concerned Generation" yesterday, listened with my aunt at home, I felt tyo happy. The next airing will set to next Saturday 16:30-17:00 via INTERFM 76.1, "Concerned Generation. Tomorrow a prayer-for-debuts press interview of "Ashoka Japan" will be held, Bamboo Samurai is very glad to be invited to that event, may get chance to talk Bill Drayton, CEO of Ashoka, so now I prepare another presentation to them in a classroom of Keio University. These 2 photos "tyo-chin" and "new species of insect found in Papua New Guinea", I used in my presentation of University yesterday.
("New species from New Guinea", cosmiclog on msnbc.com)
Bamboo Samurai next Airing to radio, 2011/1/22 16:30-17:00 via INTERFM 76.1
(!st airing will repeat on 1/19 23:00-23:30 via INTERFM76.1)
Takashi 2011/1/16 @KEIO University
(Airing on Japanese TV", Cycloimage, Cyclochannel)
There are 2 latest information of Bamboo Samurai, as follows.
1."Airing on radio", on January 15, 16:30-17:00, via "Concerned Generation" of INTERFM 76.1 in Japan,
Bamboo Samurai will appear on the radio next time, if you have time, get interested in this activity, please listen, thanks.
2."Bamboo Samurai for Glide Memorial Church", on facebook causes,
17members have already joined into this projetct, also $50 has been already donated, thanks.
Bamboo Samurai continues fund-raising via this project on facebook and plans to donate some bamboo product to Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, if you get interested in this project, please join us, donate to this project, help me to promote this project.
This project is to raise awareness of Eco friendly living. Bamboo Samurai plans to donate some bamboo plants and bamboo dining bowls and plates. Bamboo plants will be planted inside that Glide church and bamboo dining bowls and plates will be used in the kitchen of that Glide church.
For these days I spend busy days to prepare for presentation of thesis held in Keio University on January 15. In spite of that days, I enjoyed riding on bamboo bike2 around Komae-city, enjoyed reading some books, novels/poems of Edgar Poe, novels of Seityo Matsumoto, Koji Suzuki. The time with bamboo bike2, also reading those novels/poems provide me concentration and peace time, have finished these novels/poems as follows these days.
・A Descent into the Maelstrom by Edgar Poe
・William Wilson by Edgar Poe
・The Gold Bag by Edgar Poe
・The Fall of the House of Usher, some poems by Edgar Poe
・Point and Line by Seityo Matsumoto
・Howl of Steel by Koji Suzuki
Takashi 2011/1/13 @Komae city, Tokyo
("Airing on Japanese TV", Cycloimage, Cyclochannel)
I watched documentary film aired on BS-TBS, "Ginrin no Kaze" on January 10, 23:30-24:00 with my aunt. That film was tyo cool, in that film there were many scenery in Japan, United States, Golconda, New York, also in Kentucky. I felt nostalgia for United States, Golconda, many many cities which I visited with bamboo bike again. I felt gratitude for everyone whom we met in United States, also in Japan again. Thank you so much, my friends! And I got power from this film. Also I should say thank you so much for Hiro who produced this film. Hiro was so earnest that did such this tyo great work. Hiro is a good cameraman, editor,also journalist, I think. Thank you so much, Hiro! After talking to Hiro, and his company, I will/want to post this film on this blog.
I already moved to Komae city, Tokyo 3 days ago. Also bamboo bike arrived at Tokyo 2 days ago. I handed out thesis for University on January 6, but there are some parts to correct in that thesis, so I have been spending busy days to write thesis, read reference books for this January, February, March. It is cold but does not snow in Tokyo. 2 days ago, on January 6, I took part in a radio program as a guest, "Concerned Generation", on INTER FM 76.1MHz. I talked about my journey with bamboo bike in United States, also about neglected bamboo forests in Japan on that radio program. It was the first experience to visit radio station for me, so it was fun to me. That "talk show" on that radio, will set on air divided into 2 parts, the first will set to air on 1/15 4:30p.m. - 5:00p.m., the second will set to air on 1/22 4:30p.m. to 5:00 p.m., both on INTER FM 76.1MHz. If you have time, please listen!
("In InterFM studio")
("Angel teddy pan", Rira kuma, Mr. doughnut)
On this week also, I have to prepare for presentation of thesis on January 15 in Keio University.
Hello,My friends, Happy New Year! (Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu! in Japanese)
I spent this happy time, New year with my family, drink "Sake" at morning, afternoon, also night, ate traditional foods, "Osechi". This year is "rabbit year" in Japan. I took some photos of rabbit in a zoo. Pretty. Takashi 2011.1.1 @Osaka
I start fund-raising on “facebook causes” to raise awareness Eco friendly life more by providing some bamboo products. I want to donate some bamboo gardens and bamboo bowls and plates to the Glide Memorial Church, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco, visited this March under ESI program which VIA provided, gave me an inspiration to start my journey cross country United States with bamboo bike.
Bamboo garden: I want to purchase 4 bamboo gardens from Bamboo Giant, located in Santa Cruz, visited on Sep 8 2010 with bamboo bike, a partner on this donation project, they will give 25% discount on any and all bamboo gardens which I purchase from them. These bamboo gardens will go on display in “the creative space” of Glide Memorial Church which is a very pleasant small gallery used for glide's members and guest art exhibits. The room has high ceiling (12-15 feet high), and uses lots of recycled and renewable materials, including bamboo flooring.
Bamboo bowls and plates: I want to purchase 20-25 bamboo bowls and plates from any company. These bamboo bowls and plates will be used to provide cooking classes to neighbors in the community about improving diets through cooking healthier meals using local ingredients in "the new demonstration kitchen" of Glide Memorial Church.
On Dec 22, this day is called “Touji” in Japan, the winter solstice, on this day night time is longest in a year (also day time is shortest in a year). And there are some traditions on that day in Japan, some people put some Citrus junos into a bath, and take such bath, also eat pumpkin. I took a bath with 3 Citrus junos, also ate pumpkin. Now in Osaka, my hometown, it is getting colder, it had already snowed a little twice, not covered the ground. I spend wonderful time with my family. Takashi 2010/12/29 @Kumatori, Osaka
After back to Japan, busy days have been continued in school, reading documents, also writing thesis. This week I passed delayed midterm examination of thesis. Because of bamboo bike-journey for 3 month in United States, I was delayed compared to other classmates as concerns writing thesis. Though I was permitted to postpone to hand out thesis for midterm exam by school, this week I passed midterm exam 2 month later than the other classmates. But I feel good to pass midterm exam this week, also I got many e-mails from my friends whom I met in journey in United States, also who are readers of this blog! Tyo happy, thank you so much, my frineds!
We business students in Keio University, must pass 3 steps of examination, first step is "proposal exam", second step is "midterm exam", and the last step is "accomplish, announcement". My next step is the "last step", due date will be January 6 to accomplish writing (the first) thesis (after January 6, I will be able to add writing till the end of March), and hand out. Furthermore, due date will be January 15 to announce, do presentation to the other classmates and students.
My theme is "Considering of a business model of bamboo bike and verify an effectiveness of bamboo bike for bamboo business in Japan as a marketing tower". I will write good thesis using many experiences and interviews which many people gave/ inspired me, also many experiences I have had traveled with bamboo bike.
Every early morning since back to Japan, I have gone outside with bamboo bike, enjoyed biking. Recently, I enjoyed climbing a short-uphill three time a day which located in Seijo, Tokyo. This uphill locates near my house, very short(about 170feet long) but it let me remind a uphill in Missouri. So I climb this uphill with enormous power three times in a row. Good feeling, as if I saw the colorful trees in Missouri.
Also recently I like to listen songs of John Mayer. Particularly, I like to listen, "Heartbreak Warfare", "Half of My Heart", and "War of My Life". His voice is in an undertone, keep in low key, so there are little rising and falling of tones, but his voice contains a sense of peace, a sense of grief, a sense of nostalgia, his voice let me feel so. Cool. My recent favorite.
My friend whom I met in Bryce Canyon sent me some photos and e-mail this week, I felt tyo happy because that day when I and he biked together around Bryce Canyon, was one of the most impressive, happiest day of journey, also he taught me how to ride bike. I show some photos, which were taken in Utah, wide-scaled beautiful scenery, great Utah, and I got tanned much...
I bought one book about bamboo to study how bamboo has been introduced to international, the title is "bamboo in japan". There are many photograph in this book, also many bamboo products are introduced attached with photos. Bamboo products which I have not yet known are also introduced, for example, bamboo dolls and chochin(lantern). I felt strong emotion to see photos of beautiful bamboo crafts, bamboo basketry, bamboo garden, bamboo architecture, bamboo umbrella, bamboo lantern, bamboo kite, bamboo doll, bamboo fence, bamboo fishing pole, many many. This book let me remind that I am Japanese, let me feel beauty of bamboo, let me feel Japanese life long long ago(nostalgia), let me feel beauty of Japan, this book inspires me much. (bamboo bike is not yet introduced in this book...will be on the next edition?!)
(bamboo in Japan, Nancy Moore Bess)
About my "Bamboo Donation project", I already contacted some partners to support me.
Also I am constructing "causes" on Facebook, to fund-raise. I plant to donate to Glide Church some bamboo plants inside the church, and 20-25 bamboo diningwares in the kitchen of the chuch which provides cooking classes to neighbors in the community about improving diets through cooking healthier meals using local ingredients.
"Bamboo Doanation project", After accomplishing journey, I am proceeding a project now, I plan to donate some bamboo plants and some bamboo dinningwares to Glide Church in San Francisco in March to raise awareness Eco-friendly life more after fundraising term (Christmas to end of February).
(bamboo in Japan, Nancy Moore Bess)
(bamboo in Japan, Nancy Moore Bess)
Tonight I will go back to hometown, Osaka by bus. Bamboo bike2 already shipped to Osaka yesterday. We will stay in Osaka with my parents both during year-end and new year, looking forward to seeing, also we will enjoy biking around in Osaka area. Have a wonderful Christmas, my friends! It rains heavy in Tokyo, this early morning.
Jet lag has been suffered me, suddenly I felt sleepiness, sometimes I felt sleepiness during the day, sometimes I felt strong sleepiness after lunch andd dinner, also sometimes still woke up early morning, 1:30a.m.,2:30a.m.,3:30a.m. Oops... I stayed as if I was still in United States.
Since back to Japan I have cooked own breakfast. I cooked "My aunt morning special" every morning.
the recipe; 1/2 tomato, 1 egg, 3 sausages, 1/2 avocado, a bunch of onion, a bunch of cheese, on the bagel. I ate 4 bagels every morning. My aunt taught me this recipe the next day of arrival at her home in Tokyo. I enjoyed myself cooking breakfast much, also it tasted tyo delicious. Will I challenge to cook lunch? dinner? hmm..of course!
Since arriving back at Japan,I and bamboo bike2 continue to run together around Komae city in Tokyo, for a few hours every early morning. We have often run along a river, the Nogawa River, there I can see some water birds, see steam rising from the face of the river, also beautiful sunrise, and Mt.Fuji. I enjoyed biking with bamboo bike2 also in Tokyo. Tokyo was not so cold yet compared to in Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York.
Yesterday I met Hiro, who works at Japanese media company and has been taking video of my journey with bamboo bike. I met him and cameraman in Shinjuku, one of the biggest district in Tokyo, I was interviewed and taken video there by him. After that we ate dinner. Hiro is working a documentary about "Bamboo bike and me" since this August. Today's shooting and interview were the last ones. He will accomplish that documentary soon, also that video produced by him will be set on air on January 10,2011, at 23:30-24:00, BS-TBS, in Japan. Also that video will be his first work of his career. I am feeling happy to appear on his first screen. Of course, I and bamboo bike are looking forward to seeing that video.
Also I am constructing fundraising system via "causes" on facebook for my Bamboo donation.
I want to donate bamboo plants and bamboo dinningwares to church in San Francisco with my gratitude. Also I am writing thesis of University for graduation, and must study for an admission examination. Also in Japan there is a traditional ceremony in December, "Bonen Kai", this is a party, to eat nice foods, drink beer, Sake, talk about the happening which ocurred in this year 2010, and to welcome New Year. Depend on individuals, Japanese people usually participate in "Bonen Kai" 2 or 3 times in December, some people more times. I also must participate this party this year.
With Samsoon pig, this pig is tyo pretty, which appeared in Korean TV drama, "My lovely Samsoon", one of my favorite drama. Whenever I see this pig, that let me feel peace, let me forget busy time.
I stayed at my home in Tokyo today, enjoyed talking to my aunt, and playing with "Chibi", "Nisuke". Early morning I woke up and I put belongings in order partly. At 5:30a.m. I and my aunt gathered in a dinning room and talked about my journey, latest Japanese news. I saw Mt.Fuji, the highest mountain, on the top of mountain there was snow, beautiful mountain.
I felt peace, calm, the beauty with seeing Mt.Fuji. Because I have not climb Mt.Fuji, so I want to climb Mt.Fuji during staying in Tokyo. (climb with bamboo bike? yeah, of course, I am considering.)
Because my hair has been long (for 3 month, hair has grown), I went to a beauty salon near home in Komae city. After lunch, I felt sleepiness suddenly, so took nap. Evening, bamboo bike2 was delivered to home from airport. Bamboo bike2 stayed in a room adjacent my room with a wardrobe, stored foods, cleaners, umbrellas. Bamboo bike2 was injured at some points, pedal, wire of rear durailleur right side front carrier and hundlebar. Pedal, toe clip of right leg was broken, so I could not hold right leg, Wire was cut off, could not change gear of rear durailleur, screw was broken in half, could not put bag on, handlebar bent.
"Good work, bamboo bike2" I said. Bamboo bike seemed to be very tired to me. "OK, please take rest, and sleep well, and I will take you to bike shop soon this weekend, I am sorry, bamboo bike2"
After meeting with bamboo bike2, I prepared for tomorrow's class of University. I must write thesis facing for graduation in March. Though I am late compared with other classmates, many experiences, interviews in this trip will support me. And I will take admission examination of Ph.D of mechanical engineering of Doshisha University in February, to make bamboo bike by my hands, by myself. I and bamboo bike2 put our first foot and pedal to the second phase since today. Suddenly, I felt sleepiness again... Oops...maybe...jet lag...Good sle...e...p... Takashi 2010/12/9 @Komae City
12/7 from JFK airport, New York, to Narita airport, Tokyo by airplane
I woke up 5:00a.m. and changed clothes, prepared for departure quickly. I ate New York style breakfast, bagel with swiss cheese and some coffee, with Helena, Mansheng, Chloe, Despite of early morning, Helena, Mansheng and Chloe got up and ate breakfast with, for me, thank you so much. Helena showed me some bamboo related issues and social enterprise related issues for me.
Aroud car service came in front of house, I must go. At the last day of this trip, I was tyo happy and glad to stay here in Dobbs Ferry with Helena, Mansheng, and Chloe who had high green conscious, and kindness. With them, I had precious time, also I used some bamboo products, saw bamboo products, and felt artistic atmosphere. Thank you so much.
I said bye-bye to Helena, Mansheng, Chloe.
Car servise drove good, though there were many cars on the road, traffic jam did not occur. I saw the stadium of New York Mets, the office of New York Times, and the high buildings on the right side. I arrived at JFK airport at 8:20a.m. Finishing taking steps to departure's process at Korean Air, I spend time calling Ben Strong, and Ben Walker. Though my charge remained only $4.40, I could talk to them. (After call, the remaining charge was only 0.20$! Thank you my mobile phone, I was helped by mobile phone many times.)
Departure time: 12:45 from JFK, arrived at Narita, Tokyo at 20:45. In the airplane I spent time to read some magazines, a book "God and the businessman", and wrote diary. I ate in-flight meal, three times, the first was "Bibimpa", the second was fish, the third was chicken. Bibimpa was good.
I arrived at Narita, Tokyo, it was already dark, there were little people in airport. Japan, for the first time in 3 months. I called my parents, aunt and fiance. I left bamboo bike2 and some belongings in delivery service and took bus. Bus carried me to Shinjuku, busy town, saw many people in streets. I took train and arrived at home in Tokyo at 11:30p.m.
My aunt, "Chibi" and "Nisuke" waited for me and aunt cooked some hot delicious foods for me.
Chibi jumped toward me, I felt happy. " Hey, Chibi, you remember me, thank you!" I and aunt talked about a story of journey till 2:00a.m...the continuation of a story will be talked for some time, for some days, in dinning room.
I want to reply some questions partly from media on this blog as follows,
1."How is the feeling now?"
Tyo good, I feel happy each time when I remember each time, each place, each people in journey.
I think bamboo bike2 also feel so.
2."How do you think the riding in New York?"
Heavy traffic in downtown gave me some stress, but there were some wonderful places and bike trails, these gave me good feeling, I felt fun.
Particularly the time passing on the G.W.Bridge with bamboo bike2 has been precious for me, and also a treasure of mine in the future. And the north area, Yonkers, Dobbs Ferry were good place for biking, little cars, some good hills.
3."What have you learned in this trip?"
Many things... about bike, touring (what is important in bike touring?), how to bike fix, camping, equipments, how to cook, scenery, Christianity, language, local language, local food, Venison, Deer hunt, Halloween night, Thanksgiving day, of course local beer. Many many... I can pull out one after another. The most impressive thing I have learned...is the hospitality of American people, that is wonderful, I felt strong emotion, never forget their kindness.
4."What supproted you in this trip?"
Parents, fiance, aunt, bamboo bike, Ben Strong, Ben Kyler, Ben Walker, Lew Legacy, Dorothy, Cathy, David Cuzy, Kristen, Brian, Michael, Alek, Deno, Patrick, Ellen, Helen...many many many....also car drivers on the road...many many many...
And also "the God of bamboo" or "the God of United States" or "the God", I am feeling so now. I want to study about Christianity and Buddhism more.
5. "How will you run your business?"
Samurai Spirit, Aspiration, Passion, Braveness, Just do it. Never give up, Poweufulness, Business skill, and with bamboo bike, with Japanese bamboo, with world's bamboo, with people who support us, I will learn about bike, bamboo bike and bamboo, hospitality, how to contribute to society in both my following journey of 7 continents with bamboo bike and in lifelong study.
The last question, from me, to myself, I questioned to myself, it was the last question of this journey,
"What is the attractiveness of bamboo bike? How is the feeling?"
Without bamboo bike, I am not here. Bamboo bike gave me numerous chanses to meet wonderful people to have precious time, to see numerous stars, and taught me about bike, touring bike, how to bike fix, how to pack. Bamboo bike will give me precious chances in the future, too. I love bamboo bike. The difference between bamboo bike and the other bike made from other materials? Sorry, I just only know about bamboo bike, it is special.
("bamboo", Mountain Democrat)
"To dearest all people who helped us, supported us";
Hello, we are fine!
Thank you so much! I was always given energy and power by you on the road, off the road. I never forget your hospitality and kindness.
I and bambo bike2 miss you, I and bamboo bike2 miss Unites States, but
I will be always with bamboo bike on the road, because bamboo bike is my sword.
See you again, our friends!
("bamboo bike with gun at Golconda, IL" , Bamboosero, Golconda)