Thursday, October 29, 2009

To Japan!

Higashiyama Trail

It's nearing the end of the year again and as I have been spending most of my recent ends of the year in Japan, I am going over there to my home country once again.

It's kind of a long story with us being married, but living in different countries the major part of the year. When I moved to Portland, our plan was for Kao to move here and live together, but we have not been able to get her a visa or residency, so only temporary stays were possible. We have decided instead that it would be best for me to move back to Japan. Even though I am fully Japanese, I have spent more than half my life in the US and only short stays in Japan as an adult, so moving back entirely will certainly be a challenge. I am not making the move just yet, but we will be looking for a new place to live while I'm there and if we're successful, I will make the move after I've come back to Portland.

Anyway, I am looking forward to being back in Japan for the first time since we've started this blog, so I will certainly be on the lookout for good blog material with keen eyes.

In the last post, I wrote about my new saddle and I would've liked to have given a full review before I left, but I haven't been able to go on any rides of any substantial distance, so I am not quite ready for that. However, I have been riding it daily around town for short rides and I can tell you that it feels better with each ride. I made a position adjustment after that post and brought the saddle more forward which seemed strange at first, but surprising more comfortable. Making that tiny adjustment made it seem like the handlebars were positioned differently even though they weren't. Road bike positioning is so finicky. But, I am feeling more and more comfortable with each ride. Too bad I won't be taking the bike with me to Japan. I'll have a little Dahon folding bike which isn't a bad bike for what it is, but it's definitely not a bike for speed or distance.

Next time I post, I will be in Japan. I will be there until the new year.
Thanks for reading.


  1. Bon voyage! Looking forward to reading more about cycling in Japan.

  2. Thanks! we will be on the lookout for Japan Cycle Chic!

  3. Safe travels to you! I too look forward to your posts from Japan. I've learned a lot about Portland from your posts - you get out on longer rides and do more exploring here than I'm able to these days with the small boys in tow - and I'm sure your posts about cycling in Japan will be entertaining and informative as well!

  4. Hi jj!

    Got here safely to Japan. Very nice and warm compared to Portland.

    It's great to hear you got something out of my posts as well.

    There are a lot of mothers who ride bikes with kids here too. Maybe I will do a post about them too.