Contrary to appearances bicycles are ubiquitous in Japan. But there is more to be done. The word “Japan” conjures up many different images: from kimono-clad geisha and sushi to martial arts and otaku culture. Bicycles, however, are definitely not among them. When it comes to cycling the first places that come to mind are the Netherlands or Portland, Oregon (the most bike-friendly city in the US), to say nothing, of course, the hundreds of millions of cyclists in China. Nevertheless, Japan is one of the world’s great cycling nations.