Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tokyo's Bicycle Culture Center displays everything from cycling books to antique bikes

The Japanese people have had a long love affair with the bicycle, so it is just normal for them to have a museum dedicated to the two-wheeled vehicle. Originally located in Kitanomaru Park, the Bicycle Culture Center reopened at a new site in April 2014 on a quite back street just off of busy Meguro-dori.

The BCC is home to some 9,000 volumes of monthly periodicals, books, and other cycling related publications. The venue also features a collection of antique bikes and modern cycling gear, along with artifacts and memorabilia that tell the history of the sport.

Throughout your visit, the museum will provide an informative and educational glimpse of how the bicycle and cycling has influenced Japanese transportation, their culture, their society, and their lives. For those who can't make it to the physical location, the BCC has an extensive archive that tells the history of bicycles in Japan.

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