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  • Today we're going to tell you about bike culture in Japan and

  • I know you might think this is not interesting

  • But honestly

  • this really is interesting

  • stick with us

  • you're gonna learn lots of cool stuff.

  • First, let us show you 'bout our bikes.

  • [funky music]

  • Dope shit here, son.

  • My ride is sweet!

  • It's got razzle tassels on it.

  • What!

  • Check this out.

  • Look at your-yeah, man

  • [S] They spinnin'!

  • Hey, Ducky!

  • [ring ring]

  • What?

  • You can even do tricks on this bike.

  • Show them, Ducky.

  • I've been working on this bike stunt. Check this out.

  • [crowd cheering, music]

  • [M] Oh my god, I can't belive you landed that!

  • [S] Whaaat?

  • [M] Oh my god!

  • [M] So cool.

  • [S] I know this kinda sounds not cool so far, but

  • this is cool, just wait!

  • Honestly!

  • [drum effects, mellow music]

  • What's up?

  • Checkin' out my sweet ride?

  • [ring,ring]

  • Can't say I blame you.

  • This puppy here

  • It's called a mamachari.

  • Literally, that means...mom chariot.

  • She may not look like much at first.

  • You might think this is just a regular bike,

  • but you would be wrong.

  • The mamachari gives me robot legs.

  • This is an electric assist bike, and that means when I pedal,

  • it actually helps me pedal.

  • They're not like a moped, you don't require like an extra license to get this.

  • It's literally battery powered into the pedal.

  • The first time we saw these was in Kobe.

  • We saw this little, tiny Japanese mom

  • biking up a gigantic hill.

  • She was a mom with two kids

  • one kid in the front, one kid in the back

  • and she did not have gigantic, buff legs.

  • She was just a thin, little mom!

  • And she was going up this hill

  • without breaking a sweat.

  • Without standing up.

  • You know when you have to like stand up to make it up a hill?

  • We thought Japanese women are apparently extremely buff and very thin.

  • We just didn't know that this bike actually existed.

  • It's for moms in Japan to go to their groceries,

  • to pick up their kids,

  • and it is basically their vehicle.

  • And now that we have these,

  • I understand why they're amazing.

  • We don't need a car.

  • We use our bikes to do all the grocery shopping, to carry our heavy gear,

  • to put our dog in to take him to the vet.

  • It's amazing.

  • Now, having bionic robot legs is not cheap.

  • These bikes go for around a thousand bucks and the price goes, of course, higher

  • depending on the kind you got.

  • However, you can't just walk into the store and just buy one that day and walk out with it.

  • There is a process.

  • Bike fact:

  • You are not allowed to ride your bike drunk.

  • Don't think about it. It's against the law.

  • And if a police officer catches you, you get in trouble.

  • So don't do it.

  • [funky music is back]

  • So, when we bought our bikes it was a bit of a weird process.

  • Because we went to Yodobashi, which is this big electronics store

  • and when we bought our bikes, we gave them a thousand dollars for each bike.

  • And then they wound up saying, "Ok, we'll give you your bike in four days,"

  • and I was thought, hold on a second this is really weird.

  • Usually, I give you money, you give me the thing, and then our relationship is over.

  • But it didn't work that way.

  • We had to fill out a form with our names and with our addresses and our identification

  • because they had to register our bike first with the local authorities.

  • So, all of our bikes have stickers on them with ID numbers,

  • and like even QR codes.

  • And we're not gonna show you all that specific information because I'm not sure if you can hack into us that way

  • so I'm just gonna keep that all blurred out.

  • Now, there are a couple of reasons to register your bikes with the local authorities.

  • And one of those reasons is if you lose your bike or if it gets stolen.

  • Because then the police can find your bike a lot easier if it's registered to your name and address.

  • So be careful if you wind up buying a secondhand bike from somebody.

  • You can't just give them money and get your bike.

  • There has to be this whole transfer process

  • or it might look like you've stolen someone's bike.

  • Now, even though there are tons of bikes in Japan

  • bike theft here isn't really as big of an issue as it was for me back in say, Toronto.

  • From what we've read, most of the theft that happens is kind of accidental.

  • So like if someone's really really drunk, they'll grab the bike that they think is their's

  • and it winds up being yours by accident.

  • So, that kind of is what's more common when it comes to theft.

  • Which is why you should lock your bike up.

  • And it's really easy, you don't actually have to buy a true lock

  • a lot of bikes come with built-in locks, you see, at the back tires.

  • So you have your little key that pops in and out.

  • Super cool!

  • See, I told you this was a cool video!

  • You're learning lots of interesting stuff!

  • Oh man, there's a puppy.

  • Look at the puppy.

  • [S] What a nice dog.

  • [M] You wanna park your bike and say hi to him?

  • Can I say hi to the doggy? (x2)

  • Oh! Hello!

  • Hello, beautiful dog!

  • Hello! (x2)

  • Oh yes.

  • What's the name?

  • Momo-chan.

  • Suzu-chan.

  • [S] Oh, hello! [M] Hi!

  • [S] Oh, you're beautiful. [M] Hi! Oh, you're not supposed to jump.

  • [M] Look at you.

  • [S] How old?

  • [S] Five years!

  • [M] Our dog is very old.

  • [S, M] Our dog is thirteen.

  • [M] Oh yes. [S] Yeah, small dog.

  • [S, M] Pekingese.

  • [S] Yes. Oh, you're beautiful.

  • [S,M] Yes. [S] Oh, yes. Ok. Hug.

  • [M] Kisses and hugs.

  • [S] Ok, sorry. Ok. You wanna dance?

  • [S] No, ok. Sorry.

  • [M] Go on your walk.

  • [M] Thank you! [S] Thank you so much.

  • [S] Bye, bye beautiful dog!

  • [M] That was an important interruption.

  • [S] How do I let all the doggies of the world know that I love each and every one of them?

  • [M] There's uh, a little bit left over here.

  • Of Momo-chan.

  • [S] I love all the doggies.

  • Random bike fact: You can ride your bike and say hi to doggies!

  • Bike fact:

  • It is illegal to bike with an umbrella in one hand in Japan in the middle of a rainstorm.

  • But you know what?

  • Everyone does it anyways and the cops don't stop anyone,

  • 'cause it rains pretty hard in Japan

  • and people use their bikes like a normal vehicle.

  • Or you can get a full body gigantic condom like we have. It's pretty hilarious.

  • Bike fact:

  • If you are riding your bike at night you have to have a light on your bike.

  • We've seen lots of police officers stop bikes that don't have lights on them

  • so make sure you head on over to Daiso, put on a $1 light at least

  • and don't break the law.

  • [funky music playing

  • [M] Let's talk bike parking in Japan.

  • If you don't want to have your bike either towed away

  • or ticketed, you need to park in a legal bike parking spot.

  • If you try to park in just any ol' location in the streets of Tokyo, you're gonna get a ticket

  • and when they put the ticket on your bike,

  • you could take it and you could tear it up and throw it in the wind and say

  • "I'm not gonna pay for this!"

  • but guess what? Your bike is registered to your home address so

  • they're just gonna mail you that bike ticket and you're gonna have to pay for it anyway.

  • Now this kind of parking lot is the most basic kind of bike parking.

  • It's open. It's usually near like a park or behind like a major building like Yodobashi

  • or Don Quijote.

  • And it's open to the elements so if you leave your bike here all day and it gets rained upon...

  • that's gonna kind of suck.