Where are you based?
I live in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Where's your favorite place to ride?
My favorite place is Oguni town in Aso region of Kumamoto Pref. Oguni is located in the heart of Kyushu Island partially constitutes four main islands of Japan along with three others; Hokkaido, Honshu and Shikoku Islands. Kyushu Island is famous for its world-class-massive caldera, resulted of enormous volcanic eruption around 100,000 years ago. Forestry is a major industry in Oguni town where provides various unique ride opportunities through Oguni cedar, farmland prairie, and the caldera’s northern wall, Kario Hill. This hill is better known as Laputa Road, averaged 8.2% gradient, 5.6km distance.
Japan has distinctive four seasons highlighted by its natural beauty. Spring offers fresh and sheer greenery; Summer is the season of thunder clouds and thousands leaves; Fall is colored by stunning Japanese silver grass and autumn red color; And Winter turns to jet-black from controlled field burning. It shows different faces from season to season.
What type of riding do you like to do the most?
My favorite rides are all day long rides with friends. I am the happiest when riding through great nature while feeling various elements and seasons.
How do you discover a new route? Do you plan ahead with maps or just see where the road takes you?
I love browsing maps. I decide where to ride by looking at various maps from paper ones to Google Map. I use Garmin to navigate but often find myself wandering into new and amusing roads off from pre-designed routes. And that is how I find even more interesting routes for next rides.
What equipment do you use to capture your ride?
I use the Panasonic Lumix GF3 with 20mm/F1.7 lens. I strap the camera into right hand/arm while riding. This causes severe bumping in the camera and ends its life fairly quickly. For me, thus, cameras are wear parts much like tires.
What destination would be on your riding wish list?
Everywhere I have never ridden before. Unknown places are always inspiring. I am particularly intrigued with spectacular Yorkshire that I watched at last year’s Tour de France.