During my youth, I was captivated by a music style known as Neo-Acoustic, which emerged in the 1980s in Britain as a fruit of post-punk to new wave, influenced by jazz, soul, bossa nova, and Latin, characterized by delicate acoustic pop. It’s been my impression that many record jackets in this style feature motifs of bicycles. Surprisingly, Brazilian music seems to have numerous tracks revolving around bicycles. This month, among them, I’d like to introduce Alulu Paranhos’ ‘Bicicletinha,’ a tune that might appeal to Neo-Acoustic enthusiasts. This year’s 23-year-old Alulu Paranhos has become a prominent figure in the ‘Rio New Generation,’ gainin […]
Trends exist in various industries and categories. Among them, the fashion industry is particularly notable; it cannot speak of its products without trends. From broader aspects like mood and region to finer details such as colors and textiles, the scope of trends extends widely. Current major trends include responses to environmental issues, LGBTQ+, and wellness. Wellness is a term widely used to define not only physical health but also mental well-being and the intent to live better. Clear examples include mindfulness and sports. With such backgrounds (trends) in mind, the fashion industry is closely eyeing the sports scene. Following yoga and running, particularly in the recent Japanese m […]
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I never imagined that a day like this would come in my life. Being invited as a guest rider for the Honolulu Century Ride (HCR), which boasts a 40-year history, is quite an honor. And the fact that this ride will be professionally recorded for a television program adds another level of excitement. Up to this point, I’ve been writing about shipping my bike from Japan, my first impressions of Hawaii, and the test ride in Hawaii. Now, it’s time for the actual HCR event. The night before the ride, I couldn’t quite settle my nerves. I didn’t want to eat too heavily, as it might make me feel sluggish, so I had sushi rolls and a vegetable salad I bought from the ABC Store, e […]
When I was traveling through Hokkaido by train, there was a peculiar announcement. It warned us to be careful because the name of the next station had changed for a drama shoot. The atmosphere in the train buzzed with excitement. It was a popular drama set in Furano, Hokkaido. The train arrived at the station, but we passed what seemed to be the film crew. Then, in the corner of the platform, I saw a tall man. Even though he had a hat pulled down low, I immediately recognized him as Ken Takakura. Perhaps he had come to visit the filming location of an old friend (Kunie Tanaka). Acknowledging our gaze, Ken-san shyly raised his hand in greeting. It was an overwhelming coolness. Since then, alt […]
Sudden events led me to participate in the Honolulu Century Ride (HCR) in Hawaii, which takes place in September. I brought my road bike with me, and this is my first experience riding abroad. So far, I’ve written about the bike transportation from Japan and my initial impressions upon arriving in Hawaii. Now, let’s dive into the exciting part – my first ride in Hawaii! On the day I arrived in Hawaii, I had a meeting with the seasoned producer, Mr. Watanabe. For this challenge, Mr. Watanabe is closely following me, and we are producing a TV program about it. While I’m full of doubts about how well a fifty-something man’s first participation in HCR will go, I’m a […]
USA / Honolulu | 2023.9.24 Sun
Hawaii's largest cycling event with approximately 2,000 riders in Honolulu. A 100-mile (160km) fun ride course starting at Kapiolani Park and turning around at Swansea Beach Park at the end of Kualoa. Of course, there are also 25-mile (approx. 40 km), 50-mile (approx. 80 km), and 75-mile (approx. 120 km) races for beginners and children (planned). The Makapuu Lookout, Kaneohe Bay Drive, and Kamehameha Highway will not only be surrounded by the breathtaking blue skies and ocean, but also the original Waimanalo landscape of Hawaii, where you can encounter the gift of paradise.
Ever since this column started, when I listen to music, I somehow become conscious of cycling jackets, music videos related to bicycles, titles, and lyrics related to cycling. But when I thought of this song, I was delighted. It’s Georgie Fame’s beloved groovy tune “Happiness.” This song is from the 1971 masterpiece album “Going Home” is known to those in the know, and on the back cover, you can see Georgie Fame wrapped in a boa leather blouson, riding a bicycle. However, how can I put into words the greatness of this song? When you listen to it, your heart becomes cheerful, and it’s an incredibly uplifting tune that puts you in a youthful and bright […]
A newcomer participating in the Honolulu Century Ride 2023.It wasn’t just one accident.According to Heinrich’s Law (1:29:300),several accidents fitting the 29 and 300 categories were experienced. I’m grateful for completing the ride safely, butI want to remember that I was just a ride noviceuntil I finished the ride.During the ride, every time I met the camera crew,I was asked, “Are you okay?” and “How are you?”Checking myself as I was in the stage before “Do your best” stage, haha.And there’s a good reason for that… 🚲Fell right after the start. As expected. Furthermore, I started in the super front rows, about 10 rows from th […]
The 80km ride completed! ※ Two days after the event. I’m writing this while looking at the surfers off the coast of Wikiki Beach. It’s the best workcation. I wasn’t particularly interested in the southern islands, so I felt like, “Hawaii, huh?” But… Hawaii is amazing! I’m starting to understand why people keep saying that. Better late than never! I think it’s all thanks to completing the fan ride… The main topic. I will write the details in a separate report, but I completed the 80 km fan ride within the time limit. I’m overwhelmed with emotions, and it’s such a clear and wonderful feeling. How many times in life do you get to […]
USA / NEW YORK | 2023.5.7 Sun
One of the largest fun-ride events on the planet, with nearly 40,000 riders participating in Manhattan, New York. Starting in Manhattan, the tour will travel from Sixth Avenue through Central Park to the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, and then to Statin Island, the festival site. This is why they call it the "FIVE BORO BIKE TOUR." The 40-mile (64 km) course, with few ups and downs and plenty of aid stations, is a great way to enjoy New York City to the fullest. This is a very satisfying event that allows you to ride through New York City in May in a fresh, city-like atmosphere.
＞Previous Entries I don’t know what constitutes “enough,” but it’s clear that my training is far from sufficient as I depart Tokyo. I’ve at least got my helmet and jersey… ※ I’ve arrived in Honolulu. My first time in Hawaii 🌈 Even the Starbucks at the airport feels liberating 🌞 As I head towards Waikiki on the highway, I catch a glimpse of Diamond Head. Is this Hawaii… ✨ Despite battling deadlines of work during the drive, I gradually begin to feel the paradise vibes. Lush, vibrant plant life everywhere, it’s dazzling. There are three days left until the event on 9/24. I have work (the reason for my trip to the United States) during that […]
Australia's most famous fun ride event, a 100km ride from Brisbane, Queensland to the Gold Coast. With over 4,000 riders participating, the event is loved by Aussies and long ride fans alike. The bus lane, which runs about 16 km just outside of Brisbane South bank, the starting point of the event, is very popular because it is the only day of the year when the highway, which is usually only used by buses, can be used as a dedicated bicycle lane. The pastures as far as the eye can see and the coastal cycling routes are easy to ride with few ups and downs. Surrounded by cheerful and friendly Aussie cyclists, you will naturally smile. This is truly an event where you can feel Australia all over your body.
＞Previous Entries Up to the Previous Entry I cursed my lack of planning as I struggled to find time for practice. Nonetheless, I completed my final ride in Japan (the second one). I put on my newly purchased helmet… ※ During a class, the math teacher told a student who had forgotten their compass, “Your state of mind depends on your state of things!” This is something that I remember to this day. Many mathematical details have faded into oblivion, but this has stayed with me. Indeed, preparing one’s tools is like a ritual before starting something or a demonstration of determination. I had purchased my helmet and cycling jersey a few days ago. Regulars apparently buy […]