Friday, June 27, 2014

Cars are Dumb - and Deadly.

Ugh.  Again and again and again.

Just this week in Japan -
http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/7-year-old-boy-hit-and-killed-by-truck-driver-arrested

http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/1-killed-6-injured-after-man-drives-car-on-sidewalk-at-ikebukuro-station
...
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/79-year-old-woman-in-coma-after-being-hit-by-police-car

If anything else in the world was the direct cause of so much death, destruction and horror we would surely do something about it, right? So, why don`t we?

It`s much too easy, wherever we are, to find recent tragic stories just like this one. We know that tomorrow there will be more. How can this be acceptable?

Could it be that automobile culture has shaped the world we live in to the point where it has become impossible for people to imagine any other way of living?

We seem to be as cluelessly satisfied as the goldfish in a fishbowl that can`t possibly imagine the existance of any better way of life - like streams and rivers and lakes.

 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Yokohama Rides and Rentals Cherry Blossom Viewing Cycling Cruise - Sat April 5, 2014



It`s that time of year again and Yokohama Rides and Rentals is once again planning an excursion along the length of the mighty Ookagawa in our annual homage to the pretty pink stuff. 

Please join us for a FREE cycling (slow) group ride along the sakura-lined Ookagawa from Sakuragicho Station to Gumyoji and back. The Cherry trees are expected to be in full bloom with some really spectacular scenery all along the way. On the way back, we`ll be passing through a couple blocks of the fun and lively Ookagawa Sakura Festival in Koganecho. Final stop will, inevitably, be one of the awesome craft beer bars close to the river in Kannai.  

Meet us April 5th in front of Sakuragicho Station at 11AM for an 11:30AM start. Bring yourself, a friend or two, and your bike of course (I will have a very limited number available if you would like to rent one - only¥1000 - and you`ll be glad to know that 100% of any money collected will go to financing my post-ride beverages) and some spending money for a possible yatai stop, the festival, and for post-ride food and drinks.

It would be great if we can get a nice big group together for this one - so feel free to pass the word!

Just to get an idea of how many to expect, please let me know, on my Facebook page - or with an email, if you will be coming. 

Be sure to "Like" my Facebook page to stay updated. 

Looking forward to riding with you!

James Szypula

james@yokohamabikerides.com

Monday, March 17, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dahon Boardwalk D7

Dahon Boardwalk D7 by owenfinn16
Dahon Boardwalk D7, a photo by owenfinn16 on Flickr.

on the train platform at Kamakura Station - folded up