June 3, 2011

6/3 Great news here!

Hi, everyone.
Great news here!
One of my friends has just published his own book for the first time! The happiest day for me. Please join us in wishing his great success and extending your support to help him succeed in his life! Does the book made form bamboo? Oh I don't know...But wish! Tyo Cool!
Regards, Takashi 2011/June 3 in Japan time, Yokohama.

March 11, 2011

3/12 Earthquake

3/12 Fine day, 0miles, Komae, Tokyo

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

3/11 Earthquake

3/11 Fine day, 0mile, Keio University

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.  
Takashi 2011/3/11

March 10, 2011

3/11 Cafe Restaurant HACHIKUYA ~カフェレストラン淡竹屋~

3/11 Fine day, 0mile, Keio University, Kanagawa

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!

If you have time, you can check "Cafe Restaurant HACHIKUYA" information by these websites as follows,

P.S. Bamboo Samurai visited HACHIKUYA last summer, 2010 with bamboo bike. I and bamboo bike stayed one night there. We were helped so much by them. Thanks.

Takashi 2011/3/11@Keio University, Kanagawa

Airing on TV (Cycloimage, CycloChannel)

3/11 Fine day, 0mile, Keio University, Kanagawa

Update Bamboo Samurai's video on CycloChannel website!



Takashi 2011/3/11@Hiyoshi, Keio University

February 26, 2011

2/27 late but fun!

2/27, Fine day, @Komae, 0miles

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.

Takashi 2011/2/27 @Komae

February 18, 2011

2/17 join in a conference ~Bamboo Cafe in Kyoto~

2/17 Rain, 0mile, Imadegawa, Kyoto

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

February 12, 2011

2/11 Mahogany bike

2/11 Snow day, 0mile, Shin-Kiba, Tokyo

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!

Takashi 2011/2/11 @Shin-Kiba

February 10, 2011

2/10 busy in re-writing thesis

2/10, Fine day, 0mile, Komae-city

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

January 26, 2011

1/26 A front-page of newspaper

1/26 Fine day, 0mile, 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)

Takashi 2011/1/26 @Komae-city

January 24, 2011

1/24 appear on Japanese radio, "Flowers"

1/24 Fine day, 0mile, Hanzoumon

("Tokyo FM building", Japan FM networks, Flowers)

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

January 22, 2011

1/22 special meeting with Ashoka Japan, a request from another Japanese radio program

1/22 Fine day, 10miles, Komae-city

("JR Ebisu station, Tokyo")

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

January 15, 2011

1/16 from a classroom of University KEIO

1/16 Fine day, 0miles, @Keio University, Hiyoshi

("Chochin" Bamboo in Japan, Nancy Moore Bess)

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

January 12, 2011

1/13 prepare for presentation of thesis

1/13 Fine day, 10miles @Komae city

(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.

("Hanukkah party")

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

January 10, 2011

1/11 watched my documentary aired on TV in Japan

1/11 Fine day, 10miles, Komae-city

("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.

Next airing, On radio in Japan, INTERFM 76.1, "Concerned Generation"

1st: 1/15 16:30-17:00 (repeat 1/19 23:00-23:30)
2nd: 1/22 16:30-17:00 (repeat 1/26 23:00-23:30)

If you have time, interested in, please listen with me and bamboo bike!

("A beautiful painting painted by Wang Mancheng")

Takashi 2011/1/11 @Komae-city

January 9, 2011

1/10 Airing on TV in Japan

My documentary will set to air today, January 10, via Japanese TV, if you have time, or interested in this activity, please watch this program as follows!

2011 January 10, BS-TBS, 23:30-24:00, "Ginrin no Kaze"

P.S. After airing I will try to post that video up this blog
Takashi 2011/1/10 @Komae

January 7, 2011

1/8 hand out thesis, took part in radio

1/8 Cloudy day, 0miles, @Komae city

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.

My documentary will set to air, please watch, please listen!
On TV:  1/10 23:30 - 24:00, BS- TBS, "Ginrin no Kaze"
On radio: 1/15 16:30 - 17:00, FM76.1MHz, "Concerned Generation"
              (repeated on 1/19 23:00-23:30, FM76.1MHz, "Concerned Generation")
              1/22 16:30 - 17:00, FM76.1MHz, "Concerned Generation")
              (repeated on 1/26 23:00-23:30, FM76.1MHz, "Concerned Generation"

Takashi, 2011/1/8 @Komae, Tokyo

January 1, 2011

2011.1.1. Happy New Year!

2011.1.1  Fine day, Osaka, 0miles
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