Bikes of Japan

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Somewhere in Koenji

Bikes of Japan

There’s something so innocent about bikes in Japan. While Charles and I were exploring throughout Tokyo, he commented my frequent stops to take photos of bikes. Weirdly, I was drawn to them as they were photogenic on it’s own. Typically, I see bikes locked up in the United States but in Japan, they were standing on it’s own in pretty places and spaces as if the owners knew an unsuspecting photographer would find such art while passing by.

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

A bike in Shibuya and in Harajuku

Many times, I found myself drawn to a single bike against a graffitied wall. Other times, the simpler the wall, the better. Whether the bike had a basket or not wasn’t an issue but I found that those with baskets that were filled with whatever the owner had added character to the bike: whether it’s a sweater, a coat, or food.

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

A bike near Kappabashi-Dori and a bike in Koenji

At times, I photograph a single bike and other times, multiple bikes would suffice (given the entire composition of the photo met my aesthetic needs). When there were more than one bikes, it looked a bit cluttered but I guess it adds charm to the photo if I choose to see it that way (my perfection can hinder my work in more ways than one).

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

Wander Hour - Bike in Japan

Bikes in Daikanyama and Omotesando

And in between my quest of photographing bikes, I’ve noted the many individuals using their bikes while in transit: many were biking through the crowded¬†crosswalk in Shibuya, mothers biking with their toddlers in the back, and people walking alongside their bike through busy sidewalks.

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

From top and clockwise: bikes in Asakusa and Harajuku

I found bikes everywhere: in the middle of the sidewalk, outside a store, and in alleys. There was no shortage of bikes in Tokyo and prior to ever visiting Japan two years ago, I gave no thought of bikes there. Maybe I was under the impression that everyone took the trains or walked. But each new visit to Japan, my eyes open wider than the time before.

Wander Hour - Bikes in Japan

Bike in Kappabashi-dori

This season, I have been gravitating towards dusty rose/pink. Pink isn’t a color I find my myself gravitating towards to but this time around, the dusty pink bikes caught my eye. If ever I’m in a need for a bike, dusty pink would be the one I would buy thanks to the ones I saw in Japan.

I can not wait to share all of my photos that I’ve taken in the last few months. It’s been a crazy time for me and Japan was the last of a group of events that occurred over the same time period. I finally get the chance to breathe after all the holiday craziness and back-to-back projects.

Have a great week friends and I’ll see you all soon!

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2 Comments

  1. I’m annoyingly drawn to that shade too. Though I can’t say I’ve seen it on a bike, I’m sure if it came my way I’d be equally as besotted. I love that they cycle everywhere. As a car user I personally despise cyclists but I feel like I’d so embrace it in Japan. Oh to be there right now!

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