It was brief, but I just about made it to the last day of the Tokyo Handmade Bicycle Show, located opposite the Imperial Palace at a Science Museum in a park I didn’t even know existed.
It’s an annual showcase for Japanese frame builders with many of the legendary names making an appearance, including some of the well known NJS builders like Nagasawa and Makino, along with Cherubim, Amanda, Level, Dobbats, SILK, Watanabe and Hirose. There were some new names too, the beautiful aesthetic of Vladimir Balahoskis’s Equilibrium Cycle Works and the impressive detailing in Sunrise Cycles 29+ Adventure bike, built at the Tokyo BYOB Factory (you can rent space here for building your own bike).
I wasn’t expecting Kashimax to be there, especially with a rainbow selection of 1987 Handler re-issues. They did have the classic Aero, more in keeping with the event and now available in almost any colour (including clear) a huge range of custom leather options and a signed Paul Smith model. Unfortunately after one quick lap I had to leave, maybe next year i’ll try to get there a little earlier – Lee Basford / Japanese NWFCC Chapter / humankind.jp
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