27 May 2009
Copenhagen Cycle Chic Goes to Tokyo
On the first day in Tokyo we put on a little Cycle Chic event. We being me, the Danish Embassy in Japan, a local café and a hot local clothing shop.
I just wanted to take some portraits of some Tokyo cyclists to compliment the usual flurry of streetstyle shots that will posted later.
Tokyo is a massive cycling city. Outside every train station there is an ocean of bicycles in the racks. What they lack in infrastructure they make up for with a relaxed pace and an emphasis on transport. And style in Tokyo is paramount. A Copenhagener like me feels very much at home.
This supermum is French and her obvious choice is a classic 'mamachari' bicycle. This one with electric assist. Mamachari means 'mother chariot' and is the generic term for this unique child transport bicycles. They're cheap, functional and cool.
With 12 million people, Tokyo is a whirlwind of styles and fashion angles.
This girl uses her bicycle to get to and from school each day.
A cool chappie.
Totally 'kawai'. I chose her as the winner of a bag of goods from the Hollywood Ranch Market, the clothing shop that helped us out with the event.
This guy bought his old West German bicycle in Denmark. He travels to Copenhagen regularly to buy vintage designer furniture.
The owner of the little shopping plaza we used asked me to take a photo of his granddaughter and her friend. Cycle Chic starts early in Japan.
All in all, it was brilliant to meet such lovely people.
Here's me at the Hollywood Ranch Market. Note the Velorbis Scrap Deluxe. The Embassy was good enough to provide me with the same bicycle as I ride in Copenhagen. It is in country in conjunction with the Dreams on Wheels exhibition. Lucky me.
Hollywood Ranch Market. A frightfully splendidly groovy shop in Daikanyama.