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Japan Trip Report - Day 5


We get an early start for some breakfast and then ride our bikes to Sophia University to meet up with Cyclesport magazine, which is the Japanese equivalent of the U.S. magazine Bicycling. We get there early but the school guards go into panic mode. We must look like rabble rousers or something.

We ride down the road and circle back to wait out of sight. Soon enough the contact meets us. Jason has to be on the way to the airport in two hours so they want to shoot him first on his Dos Niner. They have him ride a set of stairs for a while and then do a little drop off a log. Then we head to a Mexican resteraunt down the street for some more photos and the interview.

This time our modelling includes closeups of us smiling and also portraits as we eat. We grin and bear it…no pun intended. After an hour or so, Jason takes of for the airport to head to Taipei. Peter and I finish off the interview and then head out for our photoshoots. They take us across town to Makuhari which coincidentally is where Peter’s bro-in-law lives.

My photo is taken at a litle off-road play spot with bermed trails, some jumps, and rhythm sectinons. I’m told to rail through a berm a dozen times or so. It was fun to let her loose a bit. I wished we could have played around there longer.

They say they want to shoot Peter at the beach of Tokyo harbor but once we get over there the photographer says the water will look black so he won’t shoot there. Peter suggests the business district and they buy it. He’s shot doing the commuting thing on his Las Cruces surrounded by glass office towers and lush greenery.

Peter’s bro-in-law wants us to join him and his co-workers for beer and food that night while watching Japan play North Korea in its World Cup Soccer qualifier. We kill some time in a video game arcade. There I see what might be the coolest game ever.

It’s is a super rad game that combines electronic arcade game with a card game. The catch is that the cards have magnetic coding so that the machine knows what you are doing. The game is a fantasy version of old time Japanese military battles. The player moves his cards to move his troops, position them, tell them to retreat or attack, or to someone some special card powers. A player can bring his whole deck and choose which army and strategy to use before the game begins.

I think video games probably do a bit more harm than good, but I have to admit this is pretty dang slick!

At 6pm we meet Peter’s bro-in-law at the Canon sales office. Japan beats N. Korea 2-0 to advance into the World Cup while we eat and drink. Then we hit a bar until Peter and I call it quits at 1am. We’ve still got a one hour train ride back to Shinjuku, before work begins again in the morning.


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