'Junkan': Biking from Tokyo to Osaka

'Junkan': Biking from Tokyo to Osaka

A new documentary follows 13 American hipsters on a week-long, fixed-gear journey between Japan's two biggest cities
biking from Tokyo to Osaka

SNOW points us to a new mini-documentary featured on GOOD Magazine about 13 American fixed-gear bicycle riders pedaling from Tokyo to Osaka during the summer of 2009. The short video "Junkan" follows the riders at the beginning and very end of their 350-mile, week-long ride.

Most modern day travelers take the two-and-a-half hour shinkansen bullet train between the two cities, turning the scenery outside into one long fuzzy blur. The bicycling route, despite being very, very long, offers a much more picturesque and intimate view of the countryside and farms along the famed Tokaido route. Although the film may ultimately be about the riders' personal voyage, it's a great way to get glimpses of an often hidden side of central Japan.

The full documentary -- to be called "Tokyo to Osaka" -- will screen in the summer of 2010. To learn more about the project or about biking from Tokyo to Osaka, check out the film's homepage: www.tokyo2osaka.com

W. David Marx was CNNGo's initial Tokyo City Editor. His writing has also appeared in magazines such as GQ, Brutus, Weekly Diamond, and Nylon, as well as his web joural Néojaponisme.

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