A sumo wrestler weaves his way carefully around a line of pins outside the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena in Tokyo's Sumida Ward on Dec. 7, 2011. Twenty-two wrestlers from the Hakkaku-Beya sumo stable turned out to improve their bike-riding skills at a class organized by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The class -- which included sections on maneuvering, crossing intersections and negotiating curving roads -- is part of the MPD's traffic accident reduction program, though this is apparently the first time the officers have conducted one just for sumo wrestlers. (Mainichi)
Father of two, husband of one, lover of family, bicycles and running.
Editor, Tokyo By Bike.
With a bit of experience up my sleeve cycling in Tokyo and around Japan I’ve learned the odd trick, avoided the odd accident, and seen the odd, occasionally extremely odd, thing or two. These are the stories, tips, news and general observations about cycling in Japan that appear on the Tokyo By Bike blog. Through entertaining and informative articles the site aims to encourage tourists and residents alike, to explore the vibrant city of Tokyo by bicycle. Tokyo, its better by bike.
Tokyo By Bike also examines factors that have contributed to the widespread popularity "cycling as transport" or "everyday cycling" in Tokyo, including urban design, cycling infrastructure (or lack thereof) and Japanese cycling laws, in the hope that other cities can emulate Tokyo's success in growing and maintaining high cyclist numbers. Why go Dutch when you can turn Japanese?