Bamboo Samurai's Bamboo Project 2010
Ⅱ. The second challenge: Cross country from west coast to east coast, bamboo bike shop in US ～Bamboo Samurai contributes to promote bamboo, bamboo bike, and neglected bamboo forests problem in Japan. we are always keep challenging with bamboo!～
"Stop spreading or use bamboo"
Now in Japan bamboo forests are neglected and spreading, encroaching the other plantations.
So, I am promoting this bamboo forests problem in Japan and bamboo while riding bamboo bike cross country in US.
I will build bamboo bike and make attractive bamboo products using only Japanese bamboo by myself. I want to contribute to public society broadly all over the world.
I want to contribute to protect bamboo culture in Japan and I want to contribute to develop craftsmanship and I want to contribute to build ecological society all over the world.
I am riding by bamboo bike (which Bamboosero made this for me) from a bamboo bike shop in Santa Cruz CA (Bamboosero) to another bamboo bike shop in Brooklyn New York(Bamboobikestudio). I want to study how to make bamboo bike at Bamboobikestudio. Takashi, Bamboo Samurai, founder
◆Date: Sep/7/2010 ～ Nov/22/2010
→→ Date was postponed because of accident
→→ New Date: Sep/7/2010 ～ Dec/7/2010, Challenge completed!!
◆Rider: Bamboo Samurai (Takashi Matsumoto/ Graduate school of business Keio University)
◇9/7 San Francisco Airport 11:25 a.m. @homestay at Ben's apartment in San Francisco
bamboo planted! 1st day!
◇9/8 Santa Cruz(Bamboosero) test riding @homestay at Ben's parents house in santa Cruz
bamboo planted! 2nd day!
◇9/9 Santa Cruz(Bamboosero) test riding @homestay at Ben's parents house in Santa Cruz
bamboo planted! 3rd day!
◇9/10 BAMBOOSERO - Palo Alto, CA 45.4miles 1st day for riding! dinner with VIA's staff, @homestay@Stanford university dormitory with Francisco
bamboo planted! 4th day!
◇9/11 Palo Alto - Martinez, CA 56.5miles visit BAMBOOBIKEWORKS, Stanford university, dinner with warmful Martinez families @homestay at Wojing and Kevin's house
bamboo planted! 5th day!
◇9/12 Martinez - Sacramento, CA 89miles @homestay at Dustin's house with his family
bamboo planted! 6th day!
◇9/13 Sacramento - Placeville, CA 45.8miles @homestay at Dorothy's house
bamboo planted! 7th day!
◇9/14 Placeville - Strawberry, CA 60.1miles @campground
bamboo planted! 8th day! and Bamboo Samurai was interviewed by local newspaper " Mountain Democrat"
◇9/15 Strawberry - Tahoe Vista 34.7miles @homestay at Kyler's family house
bamboo planted! 9th day!
◇9/16 Tahoe Vista - Reno,NV 37.6miles @homestay at Deborah's house
bamboo planted! 10th day!
◇9/17 Reno - Fallon, NV 74.6miles @campground
bamboo planted! 11th day!
◇9/18 Fallon - Cold Springs Station, NV 61.2miles @campground
bamboo planted! 12th day! we found "shoe tree"
◇9/19 Cold Springs Station - Austin, NV 65.1miles @campground
bamboo planted! 13th day! Takashi was attacked by crazy squirrel
◇9/20 Austin - Eureka, NV 69.3miles @homestay at Eric and Quin's moving house
bamboo planted! 14th day!
◇9/21 Eureka - Ely, NV 78.4miles @campground
bamboo planted! 15th day! Takashi fixed front durailleur for bamboo bike
◇9/22Ely - Baker, UT 67.2miles @campground of Great Basin National Park
bamboo planted! 16th day! most toughest ride day, storng wind came from high mountain
◇9/23 Baker - Milford, UT 89.9miles @campground
bamboo planted! 17th day!
◇9/24 Milford - Cedar city, UT 62.2miles @campground with Alek
bamboo planted! 18th day! Takashi ate NY stake for the first time
◇9/25 Cedar city - Panguitch, UT 50.4miles @campground
bamboo planted! 19th day!
◇9/26 Panguitch - Eacalante, UT 66.3miles visiting Bryce Canyon National Park with Michael @campground
bamboo planted! 20th day! Takashi and bamboo bike enjoyed biking most with Michael
◇9/27 Escalante - Torrey, UT 57.2miles @outside near Capitol Reef National Park, camping with Rick and Staj
bamboo planted! 21th day! and Bamboo Samurai was interviewed second times!
◇9/28 Torrey - Caineville, UT 40.5miles @homestay at Randy's store
bamboo planted! 22th day! Takashi studied about hemp, social cost
◇9/29 Caineville - Glen Canyon National Rec Area 73milles @campground of Glen Canyon Hite National Rec Area with Kurt and Barbara, swam in the Lake Powell
bamboo planted! 23th day!
◇9/30 Glen Canyon National Rec - Blanding, UT 80miles @campground
bamboo planted! 24th day!
◇10/1 Blanding - via Dove Creek, CO - Dolores ,CO 81.2miles @campground
bamboo planted! 25th day!
◇10/2 Dolores - Telluride, CO 64.5miles @campground
bamboo planted! 26th day! Telluride,what a beautiful town
◇10/3 Telluride - Montrose, CO 60.3miles @campground with Rocky and Nika, stayed at cabin which Tom lent Bamboo Samurai
bamboo planted! 27th day!
◇10/4 Montrose - Gunnison, CO 65.9miles @campground
bamboo planted! 28th day! coldest night, hardly slept, slept in loundry room, met John
◇10/5 Gunnison - Poncha Springs, CO 61.3miles @lodge
bamboo planted! 29th day! passing the Monarch pass (the Continental Divide) first time
◇10/6 Poncha Springs - Silverthorne, CO 95.0miles @homestay at Ben's house with his family
bamboo planted! 30th day! passing the Hoosier pass (the Continental Divide second times)
◇10/7 Silverthorne - Denver, CO 70.0miles @homestay at Kristen, Brian and Bohdi's house
bamboo planted! 31th day! passing the Loveland pass (the Continental Divide thrid times)
◇10/8 @Denver @homestay at Kristen, Brian and Bohdi's house
bamboo planted! 32th day! bamboo bike was fixed, went hiking with DU students at Evergreen
◇10/9 @Denver @homestay at David Cuzy's house
bamboo planted! 33th day! bamboo bike came back from bike shop, chaged tires, adjust brakes. One of Takashi's dream came true," fly fishing in Colorado"
◇10/10@Denver @homastay at Cuzy's house
bamboo planted! 34th day!
◇10/11 Denver - Colorado Springs, CO 77.6miles @homestay at Ryan's house
bamboo planted! 35th day!
◇10/12 Colorado Springs - Pueblo, CO 49.4miles @homestay at David's house
bamboo planted! 36th day!
◇10/13 Pueblo - Ordway, CO 53.4miles @homestay at Cyclist haere mai
bamboo planted! 37th day!
◇10/14 Ordway - Eads, CO 64.7miles @campground at City Park
bamboo planted! 38th day!
◇10/15 Eads - Scott city , KS 105.0miles @campground at City Park
bamboo planted! 39th day!
◇10/16 Scott City - Bazine, KS 68.0miles @homestay at bicycle only lodge
bamboo planted 40th day!
◇10/17 Bazine - Larned, KS 53.5miles @outside homestay at Kathy's house
bamboo planted 41th day!
◇10/18 Larned - Hutchinson, KS 72miles @homestay at Jason and Kalene's house
bamboo planted 42th day!
◇10/19 Hutchinson - Cassoday, KS 84miles @campground at city park in Cassoday
bamboo planted 43th day!
◇10/20 Cassoday - Chanute, KS98.0miles @campground at city park in Chanute
bamboo planted 44th day!
◇10/21 Chanute - Golden City, MO 95.5miles @campground at city park in Golden city
bamboo planted 45th day!
◇10/22 Golden City - Marshfield, MO 79.5miles @ hotel, Holiday Inn Express in Marchfield
bamboo planted 46th day! Tornado and Thunder storm was coming around here in west of Missouri. I faced Tornado for the first time.
◇10/23 @Marshfield @hotel, Holiday Inn Express in Marshfield
bamboo planted 47th day! Bamboo bike and I stopped and stayed inside shelter because of Tornado and Thunderstorm came
◇10/24 Marshfield - Houston, MO 63.5miles @camp at City park
bamboo planted 48th day!
◇10/25 Houston - Black River, MO 103.0miles @campground
bamboo planted 49th day!
◇10/26 Black River - Farmington, MO 31.5miles @lodge at bike hostel
bamboo planted 50th day!
◇10/27 Farmington - Chester, IL 47miles @lodge at bike hostel
bamboo planted 51th day!
◇10/28 Chester - Goreville IL 76.5miles @camp at Fern Clyfee State Park
bamboo planted 52th day!
◇10/29 @Heartland Regional Medical Center
bamboo planted 53th day!
◇10/30 @Heartland Regional Medical Center
bamboo planted 54th day!
◇10/31 @St.Louis, homestay with Patrick, Jessica,Deno, Manita, Lucy
bamboo planted 55th day!
◇11/1 @St.Louis, stay at motel6
bamboo planted 56th day!
◇11/2 @St.Louis, stay at motel6
bamboo planted 57th day!
◇11/3 @St.Louis, stay at motel6
bamboo planted 58th day!
◇11/4 @Golconda homestay with Ban Walker
bamboo planted 59th day!
◇11/5 @Golconda, homestay with Ben Walker, bamboo bike2 arrived from San Francisco, meet broken bamboo bike again
bamboo planted 60th day!
◇11/6 @Golconda, homestay with Ben Walker, visit bikeshop in Paducah with bamboo bike, bamboo bikes are in the inventory in bikeshop
bamboo planted 61th day!
◇11/7 @Golconda, homestay with Ben Walker, visit church
bamboo planted 62th day!
◇11/8 @Golconda, homestay with Ben Walker, visit Pope County high school, elementary school, Cathy's house, interviewed with One Groovy Planet, bamboo bike2 debut!
bamboo planted 63th day!
◇11/9 @Golconda, homestay with Ben Walker, visit Pope County high school, elementary school with bamboo bike2, interviewed with WPSD NewsChannel6 and Cycloimage, adjust bamboo bike2
bamboo planted 64th day!
◇11/10 @Golconda, homestay with Ben Walker, adjust bamboo bike2, interviewed with Cycloimage
bamboo planted 65th day!
◇11/11 Golconda - Marion, IL, 37miles @church with Wayne, bicycle only lodge, I miss Golconda, am loving Golconda
bamboo planted 66th day! back on the road with bamboo bike2!
◇11/12 Marion - Sebrea, KY, 43miles @church, bicycle only lodge, with Bob and Violet
bamboo planted 67th day!
◇11/13 Sebrea - Falls of Rough KY, 73miles @Rough River lodge
bamboo planted 68th day!
◇11/14 Falls of Rough - Bardstown, KY, 95miles @Old Bardstown Inn
bamboo planted 69th day!
◇11/15 Bardstown - Harrodsburg, KY, 46miles @camp at Anderson Dean Community Park
bamboo planted 70th day!
◇11/16 Harrodsburg - Berea, KY, 46miles @homestay at Kelly and Cheryl's house, watched college basketball game at Berea college
bamboo planted 71th day!
◇11/17 Berea - Booneville, KY, 49miles @Linda's Victorian Rose
bamboo planted 72th day!
◇11/18 Booneville - Hindman, KY, 66miles, @Hindman settlement school
bamboo planted 73th day!
◇11/19 Hindman - Elk horn city, KY, 63miles @stay at lodge
bamboo planted 74th day!
◇11/20 Elk horn city - Damascus, VA, 83.5miles @stayed at "The Place", hostel for bikers and hikers
bamboo planted 75th day!
◇11/21 Damascus - Wytheville, VA, 59miles @stayed at Hampton Inn
bamboo planted 76th day!
◇11/22 Wytheville - Christiansburg, VA, 56miles @stayed at Budget Inn
bamboo planted 77th day!
◇11/23 Christiansburg - Buchanan, VA, 67miles @stayed in Wattstull Inn
bamboo planted 78th day!
◇11/24 Buchanan - Charlottesville, VA, 107miles @stayed in Budget Inn
bamboo planted 79th day!
◇11/25 @Charlottesville @stayed in Budget Inn
bamboo planted 80th day!
◇11/26 Charlottesville - Louisa, VA, repair spoke of rear, exchange rear wheel, carry bamboo bike2 @homestayed at Twin Oaks Community with David and Maggie
bamboo planted 81th day!
◇11/27 Louisa - Fredericksburg, VA, 48.7miles @homestayed at Steve's home, enjoyed 2 day later Thanksgiving dinner!
bamboo planted 82th day!
◇11/28 @Fredericksburg @homestayed @ Steve's home
bamboo planted 83th day!
◇11/29 Fredericksburg - Washington D.C. 81miles @Mark Ferrara's home
◇11/30 Washington D.C.. - Baltimore, MD, 64.5miles @Max and Maya and Joanna and Allison's apartment
bamboo planted 85th day!
◇12/1 Baltimore - Marietta, Clay, PA, 90miles @Marvin's home
bamboo planted 86th day!
◇12/2 Clay - Philadelphia, PA, 74miles @Warren and Ellen's home
bamboo planted87th day!
◇12/3 @Philadelphia @Warren and Ellen's home with Suki!
bamboo planted 88th day!
◇12/4 Philadelphia - Edison, NJ 70miles @Red Roof Inn
bamboo planted 89th day!
◇12/5 Edison - Dobbs Ferry, 56.7miles @Helena and Wang Mansheng's home, cross George Washington Bridge
bamboo planted 90th day!
◇12/6 @New York, visit Bamboobikestudio, 14.2miles @Helena and Mansheng's home
bamboo planted 91th day!
◇12/7 New York (JFK) departure for Narita, Tokyo, Japan
bamboo planted 92th day!
◇12/8 Narita, Tokyo, Japan
bamboo planted 93th day! complete our journey!!
・BAMBOOSERO in Santa Cruz, CA
Start point, they make bamboo bikes, also made the bamboo bike which I have been riding both in Japan and United State
・BAMBOOBIKEWORKS in Oakland,CA
Though we visited, the store was closed on that day, I regretted, but someday I want to contact and talk.
・BAMBOOBIKESTUDIO in brooklyn, New York
My final destination
・PANDA BIKE in Ft.Collins,Co
In Denver I did not have enough time to visit, I regretted, but someday I want to contact and talk.
The first challenge was completed!! Ⅰ. The first challenge: In Japan, Journey to the southernmost point of the main island of Japan
Distance:2,300km(1,500mikes), from Tokyo to Kagoshima, visit some companies and municipal offices which are doing bamboo business in Japan. Bamboo Samurai studied about bamboo and difficulties of bamboo business. And continued thinking about business model using bamboo bike and bamboo products. Bamboo Samurai contribute to build competitive edge of Japan and to develop craftsmanship and to contribute to coexist with bamboo forests in Japan, and to protect bamboo culture in Japan, and to build green society all over the world.竹自転車の走行距離2,300km,インタビューした訪問企業＆自治体数13。企画中に出会ったすべての皆様方に感謝申し上げます！次のチャレンジは2010/9/7からスタートさせる竹自転車によるアメリカ横断です。引き続き応援、支援のほどをよろしくお願いいたします。
◆Rider: Takashi Matsumoto [慶應大学], Kenji Motobayashi[中央大学])
see in Larger Map (より大きな地図で) Journey to the Southernmost Point を表示
8/6 知多半島滞在 | 隅除輪業、知多半島Bamboo Bikeプロジェクト
8/9 京都滞在 | 長岡京市-市長面会, 東洋竹工㈱
8/10 京都滞在 公長斎小菅, 京都三条 竹松
8/14 福山市[広島県]－平和記念公園－広島市[広島県] 徳正寺
8/18 別府市[大分県] 岩尾竹藍, 大分県庁農林水産部林林産室－宇目町[大分県]
8/22 鹿児島市内滞在 |
8/25 志布志港[鹿児島県]－太平洋上 (朝7:00発 マルエーフェリー乗船)
**Red Font = Organizations, Governments and Corporations we will visit
**Green Font = Famous Landmarks
・丸大鉄工㈱様 | 8/4 17:00～ (社長インタビュー)
・GLP㈱様 | 8/4 13:00～ (ショールーム訪問、社長インタビュー)
・隅除輪業様 | 8/5 19:00～（社長インタビュー）
・知多バンブープロジェクト様 | 8/5 20:30～21:30 （代表者インタビュー）
・長岡京市 | 8/9 13:00～13:40 (市長インタビュー)
・東洋竹工㈱様 | 8/9 16:00～18:00 (社長インタビュー)
・公長斎小菅㈱様 | 8/10 12:30～13:30（社長インタビュー）
・京都三条 竹松様 | 8/10 15:00-15:30(社長インタビュー）
・徳正寺様 | 8/14 17:30～22:00（懇親会）
・岩尾竹藍 | 8/18 8:00～9:30（社長インタビュー）
・大分県庁農林水産部竹産振興室 | 8/18 11:15～12:00 （「竹林学校」担当者インタビュー）
・日の丸竹工㈲様 | 8/23 8:30～10:30 (社長、常務インタビュー、竹バット工場の見学)
・鹿児島県庁林業振興課林産特用係 | 8/23 12:00～13:00(担当者インタビュー）|
About Our Project in 2010
Bamboo Samurai has one project named "Bamboo project 2010". "Bamboo project 2010" consists of two trips in Japan and US, with bamboo bike.
●The first trip is held in Japan, in Aug 2010 ( Aug 2,2010 ～ Aug 26,2010). I and my friend, Kenji travel 1,437.5miles (2,300km), from Tokyo to Kagoshima via Kyoto, with bamboo bike.
In this trip, I interview with 13 bamboo companies and municipal offices in Japan, studying bamboo, neglected bamboo forest problem, and difficulty in bamboo business.
●The second trip is held in United State, from Sep 7, 2010 to Dec 7, 2010. This trip is cross country, from Santa Cruz, CA to Brooklyn New York via Denver, 4,353.7miles(7,256km). I want to interview to as many as international people in United States about bamboo, bamboo bike and bamboo products. And I want to raise awareness of Eco Friendly- life and neglected Japanese bamboo forests, and to promote bamboo products. And if I can, I want to study how to make bamboo bike in Bamboobikestudio in Brooklyn, NYC for a couple of days.
Additional, in this trip, I am fund-raising. I will donate these fund to bamboo garden (fund exchanged) and bamboo dinningware to the church in San Francisco. This is my gratitude to kind American people whom I met in March 2010 in San Francisco Bay Area. Please show the Partners/ Sponsors/ Fund-raising.
Takashi Aug 1, 2010 Bamboo Samurai, founder