CMWC Tokyo Promo II Sep 1, 2009

CMWC TOKYO 2009 PROMO II: TKBMA Gives Some Advice from Eli Tokyo Jitensha-Jin on Vimeo.

In this video the Tokyo Bicycle Messenger Association gives some helpful tips. I cannot wait to go. Who’s gonna be there? London? West Coast? Oz? Be sure to watch this video and read below as Eli Tokyo Jitensha-Jin gives some tips:

TKBMA (The Tokyo Bike Messenger Association) is putting the final touches on their preparation for CMWC (Cycle Messenger World Championship) 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. For those of you planning to come, we hope you’ve already registered online and have gotten yourself some plane tickets.
A lot of good advice for your visit to Japan can be found at (click on the English button). This video includes some other useful info. Like how to use one of Tokyo’s many old style “squatter” toilets. Also:

*Nudity is illegal, so keep your clothes on.
*You can bring your bike on trains and subways, but only if it’s in a “rinko” bag (cloth bicycle transport bag) or a box.
*You can drink the tap water.
*You must ride on the left side of the road.
*You need to be careful of “mama-chari” (grandma/housewife bikes) which most people in Japan ride. Many mama-chari riders don’t pay attention or follow basic traffic rules and are a real danger to themselves and others.
*You can find cheap and fun ready-made ninja food at convenience store located everywhere (all open 24hrs).
*In September the weather will be quite warm and humid. But, bring some rain gear if you have some, because typhoons and sudden rain are fairly common.
*It’s legal to drink on the streets and just about anywhere in public, but please be responsible and don’t drink and ride.
I’d also like to include some of my own advice:
*Tokyo’s streets are insanely confusing. Unless you plan to always be riding around with a local, a good map is a must. I think the only bilingual map worth its weight is “Tokyo City Atlas” published by Kondansha International. You can buy it at Amazon.
*Legally, foreigners must have their passports on them at all times. Unless you live here, in which case you must have your foreign registration ID card with you at all times. It’s possible for foreigners to wind up spending a night or two in jail simply for not having their passport on them. But, the police are really really nice here for the most part and are good at giving directions if you need them.

  • Vas

    tokyo is the shit. u’ll have a blast! :)

  • Alex B.

    Damn Prolly, I’m jealous that you get to go to Japan, Have a blast!

  • Damn, Tokyo was such a blast when I went. I wish I could go back this year, but I’ll just have to get back later.

  • Jolan

    The whole passport thing sounds crazy, but my Filipino friend got stopped twice in Tokyo train station by police and they asked for his passport. Both times he didn’t have his passport on him and they were getting a bit antsy. He couldn’t understand a word they were saying, and they couldn’t understand him, the first time he He also showed his hotel key and JR rail pass (which is only available to tourists) and they warned him, the second time his (blonde and very western looking) girlfriend came out of the convenience store and the police realised they were just “touristo” and let them go. Crazy.

    But man, Japan is so awesome. I lost my shit going into the raddest bike shop ever, DreamWorks when I was there in July and damn, Sapporo tall cans from AM-PM was so awesome.

  • イーライ

    It’s quite unlikely that you would possibly spend a night in jail. But, to avoid any trouble, it’s best to have your passport on you at all times. And, yeah, Jolan, it helps to have a a white face. But, really, the cops are shockingly nice here. However, there’s a zero-tolerance policy for drugs here and a 97%(!!!) conviction rate, so it’s best to leave anything even questionably illegal in your home country.
    Who’s coming out?