Friday, September 19, 2008

Team Players

Not sure what to make of this gentleman. I see him almost every morning "on patrol".
He seems to be a fan of J League soccer, but the helmet with streamer, forearm gloves, optional leg warmers, and his style of walking, which is more like marching, makes for quite a standout among the herd.

Needless to say, in Japan no one takes notice of him. Or, more accurately, they pretend not to.  
Once I took the pic, of course, EVERYONE noticed him. 
So, in that sense, this guy's uniqueness and refusal to be a herd member of the common variety of cookie cutter people, with their ubiquitous gadgetry and heads bowed down into their electronic gods, is quite refreshing, indeed. Regardless of how nuts he may be.  However, it's possible, very possible,  he's the most sane one on the train. 

More power to him, I say. 

Go Team! 


Blogger hondacubber said...

Have you seen the Honda Update Super Cub news?
"Super Cub Site Coming Soon!

TOKYO, Japan, - Celebrating 50 years of Super Cub production and its contribution to mobility worldwide, Honda will be launching a special Super Cub site on September 26.

In the mean time, enjoy the teaser!
Special Site:"


9:55 PM  
Blogger supercublogger said...

Oh, there we go. No, I did not know about this. Of course, the Japan site has been hugely featuring the Super Cub during this anniversary year, but I was not aware that the English global site had anything planned. Nice. Let's see what do with that.

And that's a really used kick start. heehee.

I recall having a debate on the C70 Yahoo group site about the kick start. I was a clear minority preferring it to key start in a big way, arguing that the kick start IS the Super Cub. I couldn't imagine using a key start on a bike like this. Apparently, the Honda folks at the global site agree.

Thanks for the heads up.

10:30 PM  
Blogger hondacubber said...

To me it is not a problem to kick start and mine lights off on the first kick. When I forget to turn the fuel on and it dies at the worst moment it is hard to start it quick enough. I did that "dragging the Ave" the other night when I was racing a 60s Camero. The light stayed red long enough to get it going. He beat be all three times but I did have my wife on the back.
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1:30 PM  
Blogger supercublogger said...

Yeah, I just feel that the kick start is part of the fun of having a Cub. I mean the bigger bikes, you need the key start. But speaking of that, saw a guy at the local bike store start up his old Harley with the kick. He had to stand up on lever and come down with his body. Started first time, and boy, was that something. Felt like it shook the pavement.

For such a small bike like ours, it just seems natural to kick start it.

Whoa. Racing a camaro? I hope you're not serious. And with your wife on the back, no less? Tell me it isn't so!

9:01 PM  
Blogger hondacubber said...

Yes it is true! I was just having fun racing the camaro. It is more like a parade of classic cars and a few bikes riding up and down the 4 lane main street like they did back in "the day". I was the only Cub or little bike for that matter.

1:39 PM  
Blogger supercublogger said...

I really miss the 'Cruisin' days of my growing up (before that word changed to mean something else).
I had the 70s and 80s version of that. Even went to what was called Street Machine Nationals hosted by CarCraft Magazine. Made a trip from NJ to Indianapolis in a '69 Camaro RS/SS. back in '80.

Great times.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

this guy is pretty well known. I usually see him around the harajuku/omotesando area. if you ask your japanese friends about the guy who walks around in the japanese national soccer team jersey they'll probably know who you're talking about. i've never seem him with the helmet on, though. maybe it's special for the train. the back of his helmet reads "japanese army".

11:05 PM  
Blogger supercublogger said...

Interesting. yeah, that's kind of my point, that he is noticed, but not openly "noticed". I would think he would be pretty memorable, since I see him all the time in Shibuya station as well as on the Tokyu line itself (as seen in the photos). I've seen him several times now walking up the steps in the station, helmet on, and some businessmen laughing behind him. That was the only time I saw people actually physically appear to react to him. But, I've never seen him outside of the station building, though. So perhaps you're right, the helmet is for trains or on the way to trains.

Yeah, most of the Japanese people I know, never take trains (the lucky stiffs!), so they might not know him. But he's probably been on TV, right? (I never watch Japanese TV, so I wouldn't know, but from my experience of being on it, I would think he'd be more than qualified. ;)

Oh, what do you know, when i get the large pic, it does show that. That's a 'gun'. lol. I never looked closely. I was reading it as 'Japanese car/vehicle' because there was no tai, '隊' as in guntai or riku, 陸, for rikugun. Hee.

5:48 PM  

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