Friday, March 20, 2015

Video: Riding home from Motorcycle dealer on a new bike in Japan

Picture: Motorcycle Touring Japan

Here is a great video by Anthony Roman that shows what it 's like to take delivery of a new motorcycle in Japan and ride it home in the traffic. Hat tip to Anthony for being so prepared to film this memorable event and such excellent video quality, thanks very much! A great feeling. Having a motorcycle in Japan gives you great freedom. 

It brings back the memories of when I bought my bike in Tokyo and rode it home in traffic, ecstatic and also a little unnerving with the volume of traffic and the amount of mental awareness you need to ride in Japan. As there is so much activity going on all around you, pedestrians, other bikes, scooters, trucks, passenger cars, courier bikes, road signals, speed limits, what is ahead, what is behind, changes, road conditions, how cars just stop sometimes with indicators sometimes with no warning. Best wishes on your new bike and safe riding

Source: Anthony Roman You Tube Channel

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Kansai airport Japan recorded 19 million passenger visits in 2013

Gion Matsuri Kyoto Copyright Peter Hanami 1999

Picture: Gion Matsuri Kyoto

"Kansai International Airport....had 19.35 million domestic and international passengers last year, up 9 per cent on 2013. has reported significant increases in foreign travellers, (but) the number of Japanese passengers ....fell for the second consecutive year in 2014."

Source:  Australian investors line up as bidders for large Japanese airport
By Matt O'Sullivan
March 17th 2015
The Age Newspaper

Friday, March 13, 2015

Video: Uniqlo: Mens Warm Easy Cargo Pants

These pants are ideal if you are riding in coller conditions in Japan.They are fleece lined, allow you to wear woolen thermals underneath, can be worn under rain gear and are easy to fold and realtively light weight.