Thursday, July 16, 2009

"PIKA-PIKA" abandoned bicycles story

Last week, I bought a picture book. it is Japanese abandoned bicycles story. I am greatly moved.

I extract it as follows from a page of JOICFP.

Pika Pika

The picture book Pika Pika, available in both Japanese and English, portrays each step in the process by which JOICFP and MCCOBA donate reconditioned bicycles to grassroots health volunteers in developing countries. Pika Pika, an abandoned bicycle and the main character of the story, pulls at the heartstrings of several sympathetic characters who cooperate to refurbish him and eventually send him to Africa. His role is to help a midwife in a village, where he finds his niche in life and eventually becomes a hero for his efforts.

Pika Pika is the result of the passion and curiosity of Seiichi Tabata, its acclaimed author. When hearing of the program, Tabata was deeply moved and wished to experience first-hand the effects of the program--to the point where he first proposed to travel together to Africa with the bicycles in their cargo crate! He accompanied JOICFP on a visit to Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, where he gathered impressions and the detailed data upon which this powerful story is based.

Although Pika Pika is a picture book, its appeal extends to a wide audience as it addresses many important issues, such as recycling, volunteer activity, and the will and courage to live.We would like to introduce Pika Pika to people and organizations across the world, including local governments, libraries, educators, and PTAs. One copy of the English version is 2,310 Japanese yen , and if purchased directly through JOICFP, a portion of this is directly applied to the JOICFP/MCCOBA reconditioned bicycle fund.

I write about abandoned bicycles, because I want to write down the abandoned bicycles in Japan present conditions. but, writing long articles in English is so difficult for me... how disappointing!


  1. I stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and have been enjoying your posts. I'm from Portland originally, but living in Setagaya in Tokyo now--strange connections. We love bicycling in Japan and teach grades 1 & 2 at an international school here. I'll have to purchase a copy of this book for the children, who are always interested in helping others. Thanks for the info!

  2. Thanks for your comment! It seems we have a lot in common; Portland, Tokyo, bicycles. That would be great if you could have the children read this book. That is great work being done to recycle these bikes, but I don't think a lot of people know about it.