Bike couriers delivered the news of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 70 years ago today.
That creature in the pink skirt and blue hair is Kirsten Dunst in a cosplay outfit riding a bicycle across the crosswalk in the Akihabara district of Tokyo.
Charinko ( チャリンコ ) is a Japanese word for “bicycle.” For years I’ve thought the shortened “chari” was a loan word from the English “chariot.” I was wrong.
Three years ago, Shuichi Kobayashi was riding his ‘mamachari’ bicycle around Kyoto when a gaikokujin (foreigner) woman asked where she could buy one of the distinctively Japanese utility bikes. Today, he blogs about the “mama bicycle” to get the word out about these Japanese utility bicycles.