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May
4

Keirin School: Inside the strict and secret world of bicycle racing in Japan

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Mt. Fuji is seen in the background as keirin students run up a hill
Riders must complete strict and intensive studies before graduating as approved professionals

They bow as they walk their bikes onto the track and they do so again as they slot them into the start gates.

They have no coach, no mechanic, no team. They have assembled their bikes single-handedly. Some say a prayer, others throw salt over their chains as a blessing before the race begins.

Each of them is wearing a different brightly coloured jersey with matching helmet. They had not long ago arrived in suits, as tradition dictates.

Keirin racing is about respect, integrity and dedication. In Japan, it’s a serious business.

Fans of track cycling will know keirin as the event that has seen Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Victoria Pendleton take their place on the top step of the Olympic podium.

Those who watch only when the Games roll around every four years may remember it as the race in which riders are led out by a motorised pacer.

Yet in Japan, it’s a £10bn industry, potentially lucrative for riders and fans alike as one of only four sports you can legally bet on. Its annual showpiece attracts more in wagers than is gambled over the entire British horse racing season.

Keirin isn’t just a sport in Japan. It goes deeper than that.

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Hoy is walking around a school in Izu, some 200km and a two-hour bullet train journey from Tokyo. It’s an idyllic setting, situated atop a mountain with Mt. Fuji an imposing presence in the distance.

The last time he was here was in 2005 – three years before he won the first of his two Olympic keirin gold medals. Looking around his old room, he uncovers a sticker with his name on, which he had hidden safely behind a ceiling panel 15 years ago.

“Nothing has changed,” he says.

This is no ordinary school. This is keirin school, where just 10% of applicants are accepted. Only the very best get to come here.

Sir Chris Hoy training at the Japan Keirin School on his return in 2019
Six-time Olympic gold medallist Hoy returned to Japan for a BBC documentary about keirin racing

“It’s a place of tradition which focuses on respect, self-control, and honesty, along with the knowledge necessary to be a professional keirin rider,” Hoy adds.

Keirin school is part military academy, part training camp. The day starts at 6:30am with roll call and finishes at 10pm with lights out, for six days a week, 11 months of the year.

In between, students have structured training and education sessions. Training could be on the bike, on foot or in the gym, while education sessions are both academic – studying tactics, theory and race rules in the classroom – and practical. Students also learn about bike mechanics in the workshop.

Throw in meal times – students consume more than 1,000 calories at breakfast and 4,500 at dinner – cleaning responsibilities and extra exercise and there’s very little time for anything else.

Everyone wears the same uniform. There are televisions, but no mobile phones, no email access

Apr
8

Japanese Nostalgic Car | Dedicated to Old School Japan

Mazda is now 100 years old, and it’s done a lot over the past century. To prove it, the company has dug into its archives to put together some videos, mixed with newer footage, showing their highlights and imparting their carmaking philosophy. Mazda UK just released the English versions of the videos, and if you’re a Mazdafarian (or just a general fan of clever cars) they convey a strong sense of history and surmounting the odds. Continue reading

It looks like this coronavirus social distancing thing is going to last a lot longer than what was initially ordered. In fact, it might be best to take a few months’ supply of food and essentials and escape from civilization altogether.

What’s the best JNC for extreme social distancing?

The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s the scariest thing you’ve discovered while working on your car?” Continue reading

Mazda is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, and they are marking the milestone with a series of 100th Anniversary Special Edition cars. Announced this morning in Japan, the lineup draws inspiration from Mazda’s very first passenger car, thee 1960 R360 Coupé, a best-selling styling icon in its day. Continue reading

Isuzu Plaza, the official Isuzu museum was opened in 2017 in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, next to one of the company’s oldest factories. It’s currently closed through April 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but thanks to Isuzu you can still visit virtually through a newly posted video tour. Unless you’re a box truck aficionado you might not think the Isuzu museum is worth the hour-plus trip southwest of Tokyo, but this tour might change your mind. Continue reading

The widebody masters at Rocket Bunny are preparing to launch a new kit for the T40/T50 Toyota Corona. The latest subject for their popular line of Pandem-branded kits may seem like an odd choice, but we think it’s one that will spread quickly around the world. The teaser image above is the only official one right now, but we managed to find another. Continue reading

We know being trapped at home can be boring, and not all of us can use this time in the garage. Luckily, here’s another JNC-themed way to liven up the quarantine and possibly occupy any kids that are climbing the walls for a few hours: baking some delicious car-shaped cookies. Continue reading

To mark the 60th anniversary of the revolutionary CB-series motorcycles, Honda had planned to debut the striking CB-F Concept at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show in March. Unfortunately, the coronavirus threw a big wrench into those plans, but Honda has revealed images of the bike online nevertheless, and it’s gorgeous. Continue reading

Since we in California are under “shelter in place” orders due to the coronavirus, I decided to spend some much-needed time making a bit of headway in my multiple project cars. About a year ago

Mar
31

Transportation In Japan

Individuals and things have at all times had the necessity to transfer or be moved from one place to a different. From the campus bus stop, the bus goes by means of Hodges Square and eventually arrives on the SEAT Bus Transportation Middle in downtown New London, next to the train station (takes about 10 minutes.) If your remaining vacation spot just isn’t downtown, you possibly can switch at no cost to one of the different buses – Bus 12, Bus 13, Bus 14 or Bus 15 – that go to completely different places throughout New London and Waterford.

Household supplied transportation help is out there to a family who’s little one has most cancers and is traveling 200 km (a method) or more to get to the treatment centre(s). A hub or interchange devoted to transport is a location the place cargo or passengers are exchanged between the same or completely different modes of transportation.

People use other kinds of crafts to journey in the air. We plan, construct, handle and preserve an efficient and safe transportation system that provides folks and companies entry and mobility. Once you rent a freight delivery service firm they may take the responsibility for the transportation of your cargo proper from loading to unloading.

Transportation 2040 succeeds Vancouver’s 1997 Transportation Plan, which acknowledged that the city’s future didn’t lay in street growth. This type of consumer normally pays full price and you may profit from regular business for those who serve them properly and take a while to construct a relationship.

We’ve taxed ourselves at the local level to make transportation and transit a priority. Discovering methods to make new, smarter investments in transportation is key for creating a better quality of life for this area, attracting new jobs and helping existing firms expand.

Terminals comparable to airports, ports, and stations, are places the place passengers and freight will be transferred from one automobile or mode to another. Commerce requires the transport of people to conduct enterprise, both to allow face-to-face communication for essential choices or to maneuver specialists from their common workplace to websites the place they’re wanted.…