The Panasonic Story

The Panasonic Story

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I guess I see why some cycling nerds call Panasonic’s two-wheelers ‘toaster bikes.’ Anyway, the Osaka-based megacorp is a little more than just a producer of air conditioners, toasters, and TV sets. In fact, Panasonic has been a major player in the bicycle industry for decades too. More than 15 million bikes…

Nippon Xmas Magic

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Nippon Xmas Magic
Millions of LEDs illuminating the streets of Tokyo in wintertime.

Tokyo Trivia

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Tokyo Trivia
Some fun facts on the world’s most populous metropolitan region.

Kyoto Momiji Walk

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Kyoto Momiji Walk
A unique spot to watch autumn foliage: Japan’s ancient Imperial capital.
Steel Is Real

Steel Is Real

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With their lugged frames and level top tubes, vintage bikes stand out against today’s aluminum frames. Until the mid-90s most bikes were made of chromoly steel, rather than of aluminum that became the material of choice later. Compared to aluminum that is prone to developing cracks over time, steel frames…

Battleship Island

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Battleship Island
Like a horror movie set: an abandoned island off the coast of Nagasaki.

Tunnel of Torii

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Tunnel of Torii
Everyone links it with Japan and no one wants to miss it from their itinerary.

Alpine Mountainscapes

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Alpine Mountainscapes
Nothing beats an outing to the mountains on a brilliant day.