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Sunday, September 30, 2012

World Cycling News 30 September 2012

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To Encourage Biking, Cities Lose the Helmets New York Times

Bus driver jailed after driving into cyclist BBC

How to carry a suit on your bike London Cyclist

Velib Comment ca Marche? Velib

Happy birthday Critical Mass! So how has it changed over the 20 years? Guardian

Invitación: “Por mi ciudad en bicicleta” en el 5to Congreso de Ciclismo Urbano en Oaxaca Bicitekas

自転車でぐるり大島 Asahi Shinbun

‘Cycle lanes in the sky’ answer to traffic danger The Times of London

Rodriguez claims first Spanish win in Lombardy Yahoo

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cycling Book Review The Road Back

road-back書評「The Road Back」

The Road Back is a delicate, inspiring read.

Michael Vitez, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, writes the story of Matt Miller, a student at the University of Virginia and triathlete.

One day, while cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway, Miller fell into an oncoming Porsche. Every bone in his face was broken.

This is not the end but the beginning of the story.

The story was a three-part piece in the Inquirer. It documentes both Miller's tremendous drive and the people who helped him heal.

"My mission as a writer has always been to celebrate life, to lift the human spirit when I can. I tried to do that with this book," said Pulitzer prize winner Vitez.

Cynic that we are, we approached this book warily.

It was heartwarming and wonderful.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Yokozuna Bicycle Parking Lot Tokyo

Yokozuna Bicycle Lot横綱駐輪所

Hard by the JR Sobu/Chuo Line tracks is the Yokozuna Bicycle Lot.

You know you are in sumo land.

Thanks to the statue of two wrestlers in front of the station, the main sumo hall adjacent to the station, and all the touristy stuff on sale nearby, there is no mistaking what the area of Ryogoku is famous for.

For those who want to cycle to the area - which includes the wonderful Edo-Tokyo Museum - the Yokozuna Bicycle Lot awaits. For 24 hours, the fee is 100 yen. The lot is open 24 hours a day.

 A Yokozuna is of course a Grand Champion, the wrestler who sits at the pinnacle of the sumo world. Today the Mongolian Hakuho (pictured below on the right) is one of two Yokozuna.

Fellow Mongolian Harumafuji was recently promoted as the second Yokozona, following his defeat of Hakuho.

Ryogokukikan Sumo Hall©

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2012

nuit-1ニュイ・ブランシュKYOTO 2012

On the evening of October 5, Kyoto will host the Nuit Blanche from 6 pm.

Kyoto is following the lead of its French sister city, Paris, which every October sponsors the night time art event.

The event will take part at art venues, which keep their doors open late across the city. The venues are noted here.

Currently, Brussels, Montreal, and Singapore are also hosting similar events.

In Kyoto, the Kyoto Manga Museum among others will be open.

A full schedule, in Japanese, is here.

Here is a brief summary:

Kishioka Chinami live concert


Opening Ceremony (Mayor Kadokawa, and the French Consul will speak)


Kyoto Philharmonic Concert


Manuel Bienvenu concert


Machi Deco International Illumination Project

Ulrike Haage / Eric Schaefer jazz concert


Seleno Graphica Dance Performance


Machi Deco International Illumination Project


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cycle Mode FESTA 2012 in Osaka


The Asia & Pacific Trade Center is on the manmade island in Osaka Bay called Nanko or Sakishima, which is full of hotels and venues that cater to businesses.

From October 6 - 8, the Cycle Mode FESTA 2012 in Osaka will be taking place here.

Along with a partner event in the Tokyo area, the Cycle Mode FESTA 2012 in Osaka is the annual bike show in Japan.

This year's event has been pushed forward to October, and is a must attend.

All of the big names in domestic and international cycling will be on hand with their new models. In Japan, new models are released in the fall. Here is a list from the official home page of makers that will be on hand.

In addition, a highlight is the chance to try out some of the new models.

In the Main Hall, there will be a cycling course on which you can ride a bike.

The procedure is:

1. Apply (fill out a form)
2. Issuance of Bike Pass (a blue bracelet)
3. Choose Bike
4. Head on to Course
5. Return Bike

In other halls, many of Japan's bicycle NPOs will be on hand with literature and information.

It is a great day out.


Cycle Mode FESTA 2012 in Osaka
Asia Pacific Trade Center
October 6, 2012 8:00 am - October 8, 2012 5:00 pm
Cost: ¥1,000 in advance, ¥1,200 yen on the day


From Umeda, Honmachi, Shinsaibashi, Nanba, take the Chuo Subway Line to Honmachi. From there, it is 18 minutes to Cosmos Square.

From Osaka Station, take the Kanjo Circle Line towards Tennoji. Change at Bentencho for the Chuo Subway Line.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kyoto Event Moon Viewing at Daikakuji Temple

Daikakuji Temple大覚寺観月の夕べ

Daikakuji Temple in western Kyoto will be hosting its annual moon viewing festivities at the end of September.

From September 28 - 30, the Jugoya Moon Viewing at Daikaku-ji Temple will take place.

For 500 yen, one can enjoy tea by Osawa Pond, which is large and lovely and right next to the temple.

For those with 1500 yen to spare, a boat ride is thrown in.

On each of the three nights, the event is held from 17:00-21:00, though it won't get dark until about 6 pm.

Daikakuji TempleInformation

Access: City bus #28, Daikakuji-mae
Tel: 075 871 0071
For cyclists, it is a ten-minute ride from either Arashiyama or Ninnaji Temple.


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Monday, September 24, 2012

Cycling from Kiyomizu Temple Kodaiji Temple Chionin

Kamigamo Shrine自転車で清水寺から知恩院へ

This week's cycling route takes us over to the Higashiyama eastern hills of the city.

Kiyomizu ranks with the Golden Pavilion at the top of must see sites.

The World Heritage Site was established in 798 C.E.. The main hall, supported by massive pillars, juts out over the edge of the hills

Nearby are the narrow, beautiful slopes called Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka.

They are filled with quaint shops in Japanese style buildings.

To the north is Nene no Michi. Nene no Michi (The Path of Nene) is one of the most beautiful street in Kyoto.

On the north side of Nene no Michi is Kodaiji Temple, which was established in 1605 by Nene, the wife of the late Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

From there it is on to Maruyama Park and Chionin Temple. The former is a park that abuts Gion, the latter was founded by Honen in 1294.

A great, great ride and day.

Ride, Kiyomizu, ride.

Chion-in, KyotoInformation

Kiyomizu Temple
1-chome, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
075 551 1234

Entrance Fee: 300 yen

Kodaiji Temple
Shimogawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
075 561 9966

Entrance Fee: 500 yen

Chionin Temple
400 Hayashita-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

075 531 2111


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Sunday, September 23, 2012

World Cycling News 23 September 2012

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Luxembourg by Bike: 3 Days and 100 Miles New York Times

The Department for Transport notes that drivers and cyclists are often the same people, and need to look out for each other Guardian

How to security tag your bike London Cyclist

Le Velo YouTube

Britain's Lucy Garner retains junior world road race title BBC

"Quería una peli de persecuciones, con mucha adrenalina y bicicletas" El Pais

自転車の駅で足休めて Asahi Shinbun

Martin edges Phinney in time trial at road worlds

Last Week's Cycling News


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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Omotesando Hills Bianchi Bicycle Shop

Bike Shop Harajuku自転車ビアンキ新店表参道ヒルズ

The Italian bicycle brand Bianchi opened a branch in the chic Omotesando Hills shopping complex in Tokyo.

This is not your neighborhood bike shop with an old guy up to his elbows in grease.

As befitting a 125 year old company - an Italian company - the shop is sleek and clean and chic.

It is one part museum, one part boutique.

Located in the basement, we are not sure how you would get your bike down there for repairs, but the young cool guys in the shop were working on bikes.


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Friday, September 21, 2012

Bicycle Book Review Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom

wheels書評「Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom 」

Wheels of Change takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the history of women and bicycles. For example, the relationship between bikes and women's liberation is examined: the simple bike gave women mobility. It sounds prosaic now, but at the time it was revolutionary.

Wheels has vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs that give the reader a strong sense of the era(s) and the bicycle's role therein.

As Susan B. Anthony noted, the bicycle "has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world."

In Wheels, Sue Macy has contributed to the literature of the bicycle.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tokyo Policeman Bicycle

Tokyo Police Bicycle東京警察の自転車(ママチャリ)

Parked next to the Koban (police box) in Yanaka Cemetery is a Tokyo patrolman's bicycle.

It is slightly modified version of the standard bike one sees all over Japan.

We were tempted to peek inside the box attached over the rear wheel.

Spare revolver?


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Kyoto Event Manga & Anime Fair


On September 22 & 23 Miyako Messe will host Kyoto's first Large Scale Manga & Anime Fair.

Kyoto is, of course, ground zero for manga and anime freaks.

It is home to the Kyoto International Manga Museum, which opened in 2006.

At Miyako Messe, many of the big name publishing companies will be on hand for two days.

Miyako Messe is in Okazaki, around the corner from the main museums.


Kyoto Miyako Messe
9-1 Okazaki Seishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8343
Open: 9:00-17:00 (closed 15:00 on the 23rd)
Tickets: Adults: 1,000 yen; Students under 18: 500 yen; children under 7 free

Official character, Tomoe-chan; © Kosuke Fujishima / CHRONOGEAR CREATIVE LTD.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kyoto Event Special Opening of Garden at Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine平安神宮無料拝見「平安の苑」

Heian Shrine opens the doors to its South Garden for free on September 19.

Normally, entrance is 600 yen.

Minami Shin'en, or the South Garden, is a Heian-style garden designed to host garden parties for the (now defunct) aristocracy.

The garden is famous for its cherry trees, which blossom in early spring; azaleas, which come into bloom in summer; and its bush clover, which bloom in fall.

The area is full of museums, and close to both Philosophers Walk and the Kamo River.

It is a short ride from downtown Kyoto.


Date: September 19
Hours: 8:30 - 16:30
Public Transportation Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100, get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae
Cycling: The Shrine is in the Okazaki museum area.
Tel: 075 761 0221


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Monday, September 17, 2012

Cycling Kyoto Kitayama to Kamigamo Shrine

Kamigamo Shrine自転車で北山から上賀茂神社へ

This week's cycling route is yet another Kitayama route.

Kitayama is a lovely area in north Kyoto and is north of downtown Kyoto.

A short bike ride north of Kitayama Subway Station, on the Kurasuma line, is Ota Shrine. This is a tiny Shinto shrine nestled against a mountain side. It is best known for its irises, which bloom in May.

From Ota Shrine, it is less than five minutes on bike to one of the city's most beautiful streets. Priests and others affiliated to Kamigamo Shrine live in large compounds behind walls that are separated from the road by a canal.

Just down the street from here is Kamigamo Shrine. Built in 678 C.E., it is a World Heritage Site and one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. It has an expansive green lawn that is used in an annual Yabusame event - archery on horseback - during the Aoi Festival.

Back near Kitayama Station, is the elegant tree-lined boulevard Kitayama Dori. Next to the subway exit is the Kyoto Botanical Gardens. There is a small entrance fee. The land was given to the city by the Mitsui family in the 1913, and is spacious and beautiful.

Ride, Kamigamo, ride.

Street near KamigamoInformation

Kamigamo Shrine
339 Motoyama, Kamigamo, Kita-ku, Kyoto
075 781 0011

Entrance Fee: Free

Ota Shrine
340 Motoyama, Kamigamo, Kita-ku, Kyoto

Entrance Fee: Free


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Sunday, September 16, 2012

World Cycling News 16 September 2012

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Seattle to get first electronic bicycle counter Seattle Times

Cycling in China: not for the faint-hearted Guardian

From London cyclist to around the world adventure tourer London Cyclist

2012 Giro d'Italia: Mark Cavendish crashes in sprint finish BBC

Le vélo: mode de transport YouTube

Ferias bicicleteras de fin de semana El Pais

母と子が乗った自転車をひき逃げ…1歳児死亡 Asahi Shinbun

Contador to lead Spain at world road champs Yahoo

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bicycle Book Review The Paleo Diet for Athletes: The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance

paleo書評「The Paleo Diet for Athletes: The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance」

For those cyclists who want to take their performance to the next level, this is book is for you.

"The Paleo Diet for Athletes: The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance" is nutritional strategy for improved "athletic performance, weight loss and peak health based on the Stone Age diet humans were designed to eat."

Sound tasty?

For those new to this school of cuisine, it is high protein, low on processed-food to improve health and exercise.

Professor at Colorado State in the department of health and exercise science, Dr. Cordain has spent years researching the "evolutionary and anthropological basis for diet, health and well being in modern humans."

Paleo is easy to read and comes with specific examples of what to eat.

Bon appetit! Or, as we say in Japan, itadakimasu!

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Kyoto Imperial Palace Hamaguri Gate Bullet Holes

Bullet Marks in Hamaguri Gate京都御所蛤御門の変

On August 20, 1864, a pitched battle took place in central Kyoto just outside the Imperial Palace. Participants were armed with swords and rifles.

The battle, which occurred at the Hamaguri Gate on the west side of the Palace, was fought between pro-imperial and anti-alien (foreigner) groups.

The rebels who attacked the Palace fought under the slogan Sonno Joi - "Order to Expel the Barbarians" - that had been promulgated by the Emperor in March 1863.

The rebels wished to wrest control from the Emperor himself to accomplish the restoration of the Imperial throne.

Forces from Choshu attacked the Palace, which was defended by the Aizu and Kuwana Domains, near the Hamaguri Gate, one of the Nine Forbidden Gates.

More than 100 Choshu soldiers died in a losing effort. Before fleeing, though, Choshu forces set fire to the city. The resulting conflagration burned most of Kyoto south of the Imperial Palace. As a result, in a great swath of Kyoto, there are almost no buildings that were built prior to 1864.

Following this, the military government - the Shogunate - went south to retaliate and routed the Choshu.

Imperial Palace Hamaguri GateTo this day, the bullet holes remain in the gate, which faces Karasuma Dori, north of Marutamachi.


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cycling Kyoto Hosomi Museum

Hosomi Museum自転車で京都細身美術館

The Hosomi Museum presents the collection of the Hosomi Ryo, a merchant who made his fortune in nearby Osaka.

It was founded in March 1998 and sits close to both the National Museum of Modern Art and the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art.

Hosomi Museum features more than 1000 works of Japanese art.

It houses a significant collection of Heian and Kamakura Buddhist and Shinto art, Muromachi ink painting, Negoro lacquer ware and tea ceremony kettles, and Momoyama ceramics and cloisonne.

The building itself is quirky, with an open pavilion area below the first floor.

There is a cafe on the basement level.


6-3 Okazaki, Saishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel. 075 752 5555


Museum and Shop:10 am to 6 pm; Tea Room: 11am to 5 pm; Cafe:10:30am to 6:30pm; closed Mondays


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kyoto Exhibit Miho Museum Dogu a Cosmos Ancient Clay Figurines

doguMIHO Museum 土偶コスモス

Dogu, figurines that date from the Jomon Period (14,000 BCE - 300 BCE), will be on display at the Miho Museum this fall.

The figurines may have three fingers, raised arms, odd physiques, wry expressions, bits of red pigment, or even no face.

The people in the Jomon Period, in addition to making these kiln-fired items, also produced lacquerware. Among them were sake bottles and cups, earrings, bracelets, and combs.

These and more will be on display at the always wonderful Miho Museum.


300, Tashiro Momodani, Shigaraki, Shiga 529-1814
Tel. +81 (0)748 82 3411
Exhibit Period: September 1 to December 9
10 am - 8 pm
10:00 to 17:00 (Admission until 16:00); 1,000 yen adults; 800 yen High School/ College Students; 300 yen Elementary School students. Note: the museum is closed for parts of the year. It closes in December and reopens in March; it is also closed for much of June.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Kyoto News Hagi Festival Nashinoki Shrine


On September 17, 22, 23 the Hagi (Bush Clover) Festival will be held at Nashinoki Shrine on Teramachi Dori east of Kyoto Gyoen.

During the festival, visitors write poems on small pieces of paper and then tie them to the branches of the shrine's many bush clover bushes.

Moreover, in the shrine hall, kyogen, dance, and koto (a Japanese harp) will be performed.


Access: Kyoto City Bus #4, 17, 205, get off at Furitsu Idai Byoin-mae, five-minute walk.
Cyclists: The shrine is on the east side of the Imperial Palace on Teramachi.
Fee: 800 yen or 1,500 yen (with a ceramic plate)

680 Somedono, Teramachi-dori Hirokoji-agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
Telephone: 075 211 0885
Open: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm


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Monday, September 10, 2012

Cycling Kyoto Kitayama to Shugakuin Villa

Shugakuin Imperial Villa自転車で北山から修学院へ

This week's cycling route takes you to one of the most beautiful areas in Kyoto.

Kitayama is a swank area in north Kyoto.

Kitayama is home to great shops, the city's flashy orchestra hall, and the Kyoto Botanical Gardens.

Nearby are Entsuji Temple, founded in 1678 C.E. by Emperor Reigen, and Myomanji Temple, founded in 1389. Both have wonderful views and grounds.

The final stop is Shugakuin Imperial Villa, pictured above, a villa built in the 17th century. To enter you must get permission first from the Imperial Household Agency before you go to the villa. Do not be late; you will not be admitted.

It is breathtaking.

Ride, Shugakuin, ride.


Entsuji Temple
389 Hataeda-cho, Iwakura, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
075 781 1875

Entrance Fee: 500 yen

Shugakuin Imperial Villa
Yabusoe, Shugakuin, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
075 211 1215

Entrance Fee: Free but a reservation is required. Please contact: Imperial Household Agency


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Sunday, September 9, 2012

World Cycling News 9 September 2012

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In Bike-Friendly Copenhagen, Highways For Cyclists NPR

What's life like for cyclists on the Tour of Britain route? Guardian

POV iPhone action camera case review London Cyclist

Lance Armstrong: UCI no plans to appeal against Usada decision BBC

Voyage à vélo - Vietnam Vélo Québec

Fashion Bike Out El Pais

元F1ザナルディ、自転車で金 レース事故で両足切断 Asahi Shinbun

Armstrong banned from Chicago Marathon: spokesman Yahoo

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Saturday, September 8, 2012


Kyoto Gosho Imperial PalaceCycling Kyoto Imperial Palace


Kyoto Gosho, the Imperial Palace, is a massive rectangular park north of downtown. It is run and maintained by the Imperial Household but has a very open and casual feel.

Gosho is open twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

For those on a bike, there are narrow paths worn into the gravel that crisscross many areas of the Palace.

Especially at night, it is a magical peaceful slow ride.

Ride Gosho ride.


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Friday, September 7, 2012

Book Review Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile

strap書評「Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile」

Taras Grescoe is aggressively, passionately pro-public transportation. And he is also American.

Having grown up riding the 23 trolley to school in Philadelphia, we are the target audience for this book and know whereof Grescoe writes.

Public transportation was not cool or hip back then in the 1970s and 1980s; it was how those without a car got from place A to place B.

Thanks in part to global warming, the image of public transportation has shifted - a bit.

Still, to many suburbanites trains and buses and subways in the US are the last resort of the lower class: dirty, dangerous, and never punctual.

Thanks to US government policy, sprawl, and businesses that favor the automobile - and suburban living - there is some truth to this.

The same people who scorn riding pubic transport in the US are only to happy to gush about how convenient the London Tube or Paris Metro or Tokyo subway is.

In Straphanger, Grescoe is fighting back, angry and full of factoids. (Among our favorites was this: nine out of ten commuters in America drive to work, 75% of them alone.)

He travels and uses the New York, Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Bogota, Phoenix, Portland, Vancouver, and Philadelphia public transportation systems.

Moreover, he examines how we can "undo the damage that car-centric planning has done to our cities and create convenient, affordable, and sustainable urban transportation—and better city living—for all."

For those of us commuting by bike in Kyoto, we can only say Amen.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bicycle License Plates in Tokyo?

Bicycle Towing Sign Ueno Tokyo自転車にナンバープレート都検討

At some point in the not so distant future, cyclists in Tokyo may be required to have a license plate - for their bicycle(s).

Tokyo city council is now contemplating requiring all adult cyclists register and have a license affixed to their bicycle.

The rationale is that it would reduce accidents by preventing hit-and-run incidents. Moreover, it would make it easier to find owners of bicycles abandoned or stolen in the streets of the capital.

In 2009, Tokyo towed 734,000 bicycles. That is more than 10 times the number towed in Kyoto.

The current proposal would involve a deposit for the license. Those funds would be managed by the city.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Kyoto Exhibit Museum EKI Kyoto Empress Elizabeth

elisabeth_01_01美術館「えき」KYOTO開館15周年記念輝ける皇妃 エリザベート展

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of its opening, the Bijutsukan EKI will be hosting an exhibit highlighting the 175th birth of Empress Elizabeth (24 December 1837 – 10 September 1898).

In memory of the 175th anniversary of the birth of Empress Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Museum EKI Kyoto will host an exhibit related to her and items from her life.

The exhibit will feature paintings, personal ornaments, and approximately 120 articles including industrial art objects.

The Empress was considered a non-conformist who detested court protocol.

She died tragically when she was murdered by an anarchist in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1898.


September 7 - October 28
10 am - 8 pm
Adults 1000 yen, college and high school students 800 yen
Located on the 7th floor of the Isetan Department Store at Kyoto Station


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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Kyoto News 22nd Kyoto Wheelchair Marathon

輝く銀輪 全力疾走 全京都車いす駅伝

The 28th Annual Kyoto Wheelchair Marathon took place on September 2.

This year the event was held in Tanba, outside of Kyoto proper.

Twenty-six teams took part and 132 individuals participated.

The Ayabe Running Stars took first place in the team division.


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Monday, September 3, 2012

Kyoto Damage In the Event of Massive Earthquake


The Japanese government recently revised its estimates for damage in the event of a 9.1 earthquake that occurs in the Nankai Trough and resulting tsunami.

The Nankai Trough faces Shizuoka, Aichi, Wakayama Prefectures, and then heads south along the eastern edge of Shikoku and Kyushu.

The worst hit areas are coastal: Shizuoka (109,000 dead, 319,000 homes destroyed) and Mie Prefectures (43,000 dead, 239,000 homes destroyed).

The total number of fatalities is estimated to reach 320,000 across the country.

Kyoto, which is inland, gets off lightly. If/when such an earthquake strikes, Kyoto would face deaths of around 500 and 70,000 homes destroyed - but no flooding.

In this horrific scenario, cycling may take on added importance.


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Sunday, September 2, 2012

World Cycling News 2 September 2012

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Olympic Games 2012: BBC apologises for 'appalling coverage' of men's cycling

How to restore your old bike London Cyclist

How to go the distance on longer bike rides Guardian

Le Défi des Cantons-de-l'Est Vélo Québec

Nueva convocatoria: Curso de Ciclismo Urbano en Casa Biciteka Bicitekas

銀輪の死角:自転車安全教育、社会人まで拡大 警視庁委提言 Mainichi Shinbun

Rodriguez wins 14th stage to bolster lead Yahoo

Last Week's Cycling News


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Saturday, September 1, 2012




This Kyoto cycling route is short, sweet and, if you look down, scenic.

Horikawa, a large north-south boulevard in Kyoto, has had a canal running parallel to it for hundreds of years.

By the 1950s, the river/canal had become a bubbling polluted slow-moving body of water. The culprit(s) was dyeing. Workers from nearby Nishijin, the center of Kyoto's weaving industry, used to use the river to rinse dyes from cloth in the river.

The river has been cleaned up and planted.

For cyclists though the real attraction is the road that runs above and to the east of it (to the left in the photo), which is smooth sailing from Imadegawa all the way down to Oike. Few cars use this road.

Ride Horikawa Kyoto ride.


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