Is it your dream to teach English in Japan?
I’m not going to go into detail about how the Dutch style mama chari is the best bike to own, as long as you don’t live in an area with hills. Most people in Japan ride them because they’re not expensive and are easy to ride around town (with groceries and children, if necessary). It just makes sense to ride a bike instead of driving in Japan (anywhere, if you ask me).
Bridgestone (石橋) is the most well known Japanese bicycle manufacturer, and along with Panasonic, they are commonly sold in Japan. Bridgestone is known overseas for their tires. (Of course we can find other Japanese brands, such as Nishiki, Fuji, and Miyata, although they are not so popular anymore.)
There are so many other brands of bicycles available at hardware and department stores in Japan, many of which are inexpensive and manufactured in China. Most of these models, along with the well known ones, have vaguely English (or French, Italian, ?) model names. Some are just funny/random names for a bicycle model. I started snapping photos of these when I saw them, and within a month, had a good Engrish photo diary. Please enjoy lots and lots of photos.
Using “town” in the model name is quite popular.
French names are also popular.
(Boulevard Saint Michel)
Portuguese and Spanish:
Not sure if that’s a word, but alright:
Which one do you think would be the most fun to ride every day? (I ride an Impression.) My favorites are Majolica, Prism, and Window, although Momentum and Prosperity sound so positive.