August 23, 2017

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*This program was first broadcast on May 10, 2017

Countdown to 2020: Rent-a-Bike

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Welcome to series, Countdown to 2020. Our first episode is "Rent-a-Bike." As the Olympics approach, bicycle transit is getting a lot of buzz. Let's check out how new bicycle services are giving users a unique view of Tokyo.



Tokyo Community Bike Sharing Six of the city's 23 wards (Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku, Bunkyo, and Koto) participate in this for bicycle-sharing plan, with a total of about 250 rental port locations where bikes can be rented and returned.


Tokyobike Rentals Yanaka This bike rental shop is located in Yanaka, part of Tokyo's historic "shitamachi." Offers bicycles specially designed for Tokyo riding in a rainbow of fashionable colors.


Chari Ya Tokyo Offers a range of Tokyo cycling tours tailored to specific interests. Can accommodate English and Chinese as well as Japanese speakers.


Toshi Nogyo Park Expansive park with rice paddies, fields, and beds of seasonal flowers. Home to a variety of historic buildings. Offers a rent-a-bike service handy for scenic cycling along the adjoining Arakawa River's embankment and floodplain.

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- Tokyobike Rentals Yanaka
Address: 4-2-39 Yanaka, Taito-ku
- Chari Ya Tokyo
Address: Todoroki Mansion 1C, 4-16-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku
- Toshi Nogyo Park
Address: 2-44-1 Shikahama, Adachi-ku


Kawasaki Robostage
Address: Tradepia Odaiba Bldg 1F, 2-3-1 Daiba, Minato-ku
Nihonbashi Yuma
Address: 2-32-5 Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo-ku
Ninja Trick House in Tokyo
Address: Daiichi Wako Bldg 4F, 2-28-13 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku


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Winnie Hsu

When did you first come to Japan?:
October 2013
Reason for coming to Japan:
I have been interested in Japanese culture as well as the delicate and cute Japanese goods since I was a kid. Therefore, when I came across the opportunity to study in Japanese colleges, I did not have a slight hesitation! Arriving in Tokyo by myself at the age of 18, I embarked a great journey from then. My decision to come to Japan is probably my best decision so far! I am truly in love with the city, and embracing the everyday challenges and excitement. And I want to share with more people the wonderful things in Tokyo.
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Michael Keida

When did you first come to Japan?:
I arrived in 2007.
Reason for coming to Japan:
I first came to Japan for one year before returning to America for graduate school. After arriving by chance in a cozy beach town an hour outside of Tokyo, I had finally found my home. Japan has taught me patience, appreciation for simplicity, and how to be a kid again.