Keeping with the international spirit today here’s a beautiful video featuring “Dekochari”, Japanese bikes decorated with enormous amounts of lights and effects, and beautiful music by Bunta Sugawara and Kinya Aikawa. I’m guessing that “deko” stands for “decorated” and “chari” for “chariot” like for “mamachari” which are the women’s bikes with built in baby seats for one or two kids. Kyoko could provide more info here but she’s sleeping.
These bikes have lots in common with the Queens, NY “boom box bikes” I wrote about in 2007.
And there’s also more than a little in common with the crazy, dressed-up Japanese kids bikes of the 70’s, also from about a year ago here.
Thanks to customer Wendy Monroe for the tip!