2012 Picture of the Week (37/52) – Lots of Bicycles

One image people have of Japan and Asia is bicycles, lots of them. It is true that there are a lot of bicycles in Japan. However, it’s nothing like the pictures you may see of other Asian countries. Here, a popular kind of bicycle is called the Mamachari. It’s a rather ugly, old-fashioned bicycle that is used more for transportation than for fun. It’s heavy looking, and it has noisy brakes. They look like they’ve come straight out of the 1970s. But everyone uses them. This picture was taken outside a bicycle store, and as you can see, lots of unattractive bicycles.

Racks filled with bicycles in front of a store.

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Filed under Fujisawa, Japan, Kanagawa, Picture of the Week

17 responses to “2012 Picture of the Week (37/52) – Lots of Bicycles

  1. I still can remember my first Mamachari in Japan fondly. They were like gold back in the day and were often stolen, especially late at night or in the rain. Later moved up to my mountain bike and never looked back since 🙂

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