Seasonaires - Ep5 - Jinya Nishiwaki

Nov 30, 2010 at 9:14
Nov 30, 2010
by Tom Grundy  
 
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If you cut Jinya Nishiwaki in half he would bleed chain lube. This guy is devoted and passionate.

He has moved all the way from Japan to be in Whistler riding his bike everyday. He rides up, down and around all trails, which demonstrates his commitment, all round riding skills and passion.

Furthermore, he does it all on one bike. Simplicity, style and skill. That’s Jin.

The last episode of Seasonaires Inside

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In this episode we see Jin just shred downhills, in the Bike Park and out of the Bike Park. We also get to hear his perspective on what makes Whistler such a special place for bikers and why so many people transit from other worlds to this little piece of mountain bliss every summer.

Jin rides the shore, out the bike park on
Jin rides the shore, out the bike park on "That Trail", Photo by Tom Grundy

Thank you for watching Seasonaires and we hope you got some inspiration to drop in somewhere with your bike and the trail as your guiding light. If you want to find out more about Seasonaires then track down a copy of Dirt Magazine issue 105.

Skinny Rock roll, into steep chute, on a hardtail...that's Jin, Photo by Tom Grundy
Skinny Rock roll, into steep chute, on a hardtail...that's Jin, Photo by Tom Grundy



Seasonaires is a five part series that will be aired weekly starting the first week in November and coincides with an eight page feature of the same title in issue 105 of DIRT MAGAZINE.

Throwing his bike down one of the Facrobat roll in's, Photo by Tom Grundy
Throwing his bike down one of the Facrobat roll in's, Photo by Tom Grundy

Tom Grundy, 19, is from England and is a freelance videographer. Over the past year he has been filming for Red Bull reporter and creating his own monthly webisodes, The Tom Grundy Webisodes. He spent three months living in Whistler this past summer, all the while documenting the place and its people from within. As well as riding the bike park with 8 of his best friends. He then headed home, back to the UK to edit Seasonaires into five tales of Summer. www.tomgrundy.co.uk


Seb Kemp is a freelance writer, coach, and trail builder who is based anywhere, anytime. He scripted and created the Seasonaires theme, as well as finding the “talent” for this series, interviewing them, herding them, and generally putting a boot up the arse of them when it came down to shooting and filming for this project. www.2flat.wordpress.com
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94 Comments

  • + 13
 And this concludes my studies that "Asians are in fact robots created to do anything and every thing better than anyone else"
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 If you havnt DH'ed on a hardtail you wouldnt understand. There is something special about doing so.
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 not special. just pointless unless you can't afford otherwise then whatever gets you shredding
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 another guy who uses a hardtail for everything, nice! a lot of you guys are saying he's dumb for riding a hardtail but ignore the fact that he said he can't afford a full suspension bike. not all of us can afford to go out and buy a V10, 303, or demo, so instead of wasting money on a lower level freeride bike, we build hardtails with a parts kits that aren't going to fail on us. props to jin!
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 That's what I sort of try to do with my bike... Except I don't just chose the best trails of each discipline outside my back door... Smile Imagine how good he would be if you put him on a more discipline specific bike! Great vid series too, Smile
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 That Captured some nice footage of not your run of the mill Whistler. Usually most of the footage is of the flowy jump trails. I think that was the first time I saw some sick , steep, super tight , technical, natural single track. Reminds me of the Northeast. I loved that ledge rock wall ride . I have never been to Whistler , but I think that footage right there just sold me on next years Summer Vacation. My wife wont be pleased..
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 props to this guy: from japan to canada just to ride. rides even better than i do on a full suspension (well, i just started riding free ride this summer). i bet if he rides a full susser, he's gonna beat a lot of our arses here. hehe.
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 I think I counted 30 times in that short video where I would have been dumped on my face riding that terrain on that hardtail. The dude is out of his mind. Amazing.
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 if he's that fast on a hardtail... imagine him on a big bike...
  • + 1
 I was just about to type the exact same thing.
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 It is not that obvious as you think. In Poland we have a pretty developed Hardtail DH scene, some guys really rip. But there have already been few guys who switched from HT to FS and don't get that much better results. I mean if their time on HT was like 20th guy on FS, then after switch to FS they didn't improve more than 5 spots. I mean that's just a "Mongolian" approximation Smile
  • + 3
 Same as in the uk WAKI. Put a good size fork on an aggressive HT and you can rip 90% of trails more than adequately. It's actually more about geometry than suspension. What I don't get is the amount of vids on PB showing kids riding 'xc' trails on their dh rigs.
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 to be very honest with you zorba I don't even understand people riding DH rigs in bike parks. I get it with the fast guys sure, especially those who race but amateurs? People who ride unbalanced, who haven't even got their riding stance nowhere cose to being right? brakeburners, corner brakers, those who take off the drop in the same stance as they ride on asphalt. And well you can see the difference between them right away - guys that rule the trail, and guys that are ruled by the trail... and their bike...
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 Regarding DH rigs in bike parks: Anyone forget that riding a big old sled is fun? Smile
Personally don't like riding a HT as I don't particularly like having my knees and ankles shagged harder than Katy Price on a Friday night
  • + 1
 Never ever have had my knees nor ankles screwed up by a hardtail, you are throwing some smelly speculation in here.
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 I'm freakin' pumped! That was super dope riding, on awesome trails, on the sickest hardtail! (P.S. I really love the bike... a lot.)
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 these people ride hardtails mostly to support chromag, and be part of something cool obviously the best tool for the job is a dualie. if you're gonna own one bike, a dualies still best, and if you choose the right one it will do anything you ask of it but whatever the reason doesn't mean you can't shred, he does, beat tons of people on big bikes! probably beat YOU braaaaap
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 nice piece for sure...more of this stuff is needed ASAP....He rides really smooth which is great to see for a guy who is fairly new.
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 I thought japan was the mecca of technology??? I guess its cool he rides a hardtail but he would have so much more fun on full suspension. I mean at least an all mountain rig.
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 flipping eck! if that guy switched to full sus he could be the next GEE ATHERTON!...... but then again noone is better than gee atherton, lets face it, he is the god of biking! XD
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 long travel hardtails represent!
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 Love my long travel hardtail! Built it up myself Big Grin
can't wait till next spring so i can shred some proper DH
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 Yeah Jinya, killing it. Fastest hardtailer on the mountain yo
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 Stupendous Video! I love the simplicity of riding just one bike! RideOn Jinya!!!!
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 Love it dude! Good ending to a sick mini series! Smile
  • - 9
 Great simple build to put up with all the riding. I use my DH bike for my urban/ trials riding.
  • + 5
 must go through quite a few rear wheels
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 great video, some great riding
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 and through quite a few pairs of ankles Razz
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 If you cut Jinya Nishiwaki in half he would bleed chain lube.

massive joker
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 Ugh, somebody give this guy a full suspension.
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 ^^ agreed !
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 I would say: one full susser to guy like him per 10 000 lazy arses on fullies to get a hardtail to improve their skills. That guy is sooo smooth... unbelievable, best HT vid I've seen so far. Ok got to get back to servicing my shock...
  • + 4
 nice vid, need more seasonaries episode imo, these vids just make me want to dump everything and move to whisler or sun peaks or kamloops, anywhere in bc seriously :O
  • + 3
 same, just live in a camping car or a big van and ride all day long. only downside would be the weather (I hear BC has some pretty terrible weather) and the winter ; but you could just drive down to cali for the winter and move back to BC for the summer
  • + 2
 And wow he moved all the way from japan to canada just for the sole purpose of riding a bike. hahahaha massive addiction you got there bro!
  • + 0
 I was like a worse version of that guy................................and then i got a BULLIT
  • + 3
 hes so fast on a hardtail, he must have learned to pump and soak everything so well, if he gets a fully, hes gonna rape the trails
  • + 1
 Seems pretty fast on that hard tail...but does he win races on it? ( I'm honestly asking...) I noticed he didn't boost any 35ft doubles, rail any off-camber, rooted turns, or skim accross any massive whoops. There's a reason the DH bike has evolved into what it is today. Sometimes being "unique" isn't enough to win races.
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 ya but the sad thing is he can probable beat some ppl at a DH race.
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 Not everyone who rides more than most people is into racing. Some just ride to have great times on their bikes. Some train and ride hard only so that their skills and strength gives them new levels of fun. For that you don't need a race bike, in fact I believe racebikes no matter Xc or Dh are limiting fun. And that bike seems to have all fundamentals to execute skills and strength on the trail and above all: to have great time riding a mountain bike.
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 funny how I wasn't into racing at all when I started riding DH last season and now I'm into some. I'll give you some of my results this season.

crankworx canadian open pro cat 58/60, I had a super embarrassing crash in front of the heckle fest...good memory!
redbul 5000down qually at 54/137, race run at 43/131
4 queens DH stage 4/95 with losing a shoe in the last few minutes and hitting the glc drop
phast wednesday (joyride to schleyer to lower canadian open), male cat 40/73

yes, I doubt I'll ever be able to smoke worldcup level riders and i think most of them will smoke me when they ride HTs.
only a very very few riders can get into WC level and the rest of us will keep competing races yet end up with not-so-great results. does that mean we should quit racing right away? heck no. you know you're not gonna beat say Sam Hill but still wants to be better and faster. racing is all about the place but it's also about competing with yourself. that's how i take racing. it's all for myself, not anyone else. I don't even claim I'm the fastest on HT or anything. I'm just another rider who happens to be on a HT Smile

about stunts, check out my videos and you'll find out I've done some good size ones Wink
www.youtube.com/user/ellsworth1986
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 So why dont you ride fully anyways?
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 first of all I just can't afford it. second, I do know I could go faster, bigger and be better on my HT. also I like the feeling of HTs. it's like YOU control the bike, not the bike does. isn't that great that you can ride 6 hours epic XC to 20ft drop to bikepark all on one bike? I like challenging myself.
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 Thanks man, i ride hardtail as well cuz i cant afford a fully. That above, this comment gave me and other HT guys pride riding one.
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 This is what I like to one bike to rule them all Smile I do race sometimes but only because it gives me some pressure to push some boundaries of my "comfort zone". When you come to a race and there is some super hard stuff blowing you sXXtless, the race atmosphere pushes you to try it. It gave me a lot of new skills, and sometimes just confirmed: oh that wasn's hard at all, and sometimes got me hurt... Regarding HTs, I was riding them in my hometown mountains for 5 years - it is pretty embarassing to hit the same AM trails with my current fully and brake in spots where I remember going full flat out on HT with 100mm fork.

I can only assume that with your attitude Jin, it doesn't really matter whether you ride a HT or a Fully. You can still develop and discover new levels of fun with what you have Smile and that looks far from being a bad bike: thanks for inspiring us
  • + 1
 Jin, people ask me why I went from FS back to Hardtail for my bike, and your post explains my thoughts exactly. This video got me thinking earlier today, what bike I would rather have that can "do it all". Except for some FS bikes that are WAY out of my price range, I cant think of a bike that will do it all better than a well-built long travel hardtail.
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 well I can think of such FS: pretty much all between 120 and 150 rear travel... Specialized Pitch or Banshee Spitfire from cheaper options. It's good to have a good HT rather than crappy fully, it's cool to ride HT, but still let's don't overthink that... FS is a FS - it can do more, in a better way - have no doubts about it. But HT still won't hold you from having fun and becoming a great rider. Above all it is you riding a bike - on the trail. Fullys are just better tools to do that if you can afford them.

BTW here's some super long story of my quest for the Holy Do-it-all Grail wakidesigns.pinkbike.com/blog
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 ey Jin, all this guys saying stupid things about you and your hardtail are a bunch of people who dont know anything about riping trails, I saw you EVERYDAY in whistler bikepark, and you are awesome bro! I respect you, and I admire you, I been riding Whsitler everyday for the last 3 seasons, and I always saw you ripng like nobody, maybe you dont recognize me but ILL do recognize you because you are riper, and nobody is riping with hardtails very often in whistler, and let me tell you that most of the guys talking shit in this website never been in whistler, or even worse the dont have a bike. so you know they dont know shit of riding the best bike park in the world. dude, keep it on! my best wishes for you! peace. biking is for fun is not just for racing, and you can do what ever you want, if you want to downhillign with a bmx its ok, real bikers dont care, real bikers just want to have fun! all the rest are just frustated jealouse people.
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 I agree with this guy ^^^. I've also been in Whistler for the last 3 seasons, riding pretty much every day. I can't imagine you would recognise me but me and all my mates know who you are! Every time we're sat on the lift or at the start of a trail and you rip past, and I mean properly rip past (everytime!) it's awesome.

It's all about riding whatever you want, whenever you want, because you want to. I also started racing this year in just the phast/phat wednesday races, and will never do very well, but it's all about having fun. The fact you kick peoples arses on a HT is really impressive, and the fact your only doing it for fun and for yourself makes it even better. I am sad that I probably won't be back to Whistler again, but I presume you will be!
  • + 3
 @apachemauro...I don't think anyone is "talking s**t." In fact I think most people are aware of his obvious skill.
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 araines1.- honestly asking do you win races??? did you boost any 35ft doubles, rail any off-camber, rooted turns, or skim accross any massive whoops????? I hope you do, and I hope you come to whistler some day to teach him how to do all the list you ask for.
Maybe you can race him with your FS and kick his ass. I bet you do becasue of the way you speak. anyway if you consider you wrote shit of him thats the reason for your reply. I think you can't say anything if you dont know anything about, nobody told he is a dh racer, and anyway who cares. bikers just want to have fun, not to win races like Sam Hill. and by the way I saw him doing all the things you ask for, and more crazy things. DO NOT GET OFENDED AND DO NOT TAKE IT PERSONAL, ok, peace brother, and happy trails.
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 @apache - what on earth do you take before opening your PB dashboard? not only you are overreactive but you seem to read stuff that's ain't there. gooosefrabaaa...
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 @ WAKYdesigns- its all good brother. is just people who made critic like a profesional judge. I think everybody can say whatever they want, the diference is the way they do it, some people speak very serious like they were dh pros. I think everybody can ride however they want, so why that atitude asking what he can do or what he can´t, or if he win races or if he is wrong, I think people need to support the guys, not to made destructuive opinions. thats all brother. I love hard tails but I ride chainless FS, I will love to ride like him, but my skills arent that good. I also get beat for riding FS chainless. is all about respect people style and to let the people be. if people have fun so whats wrong? and again dont take it personal. peace.
  • + 1
 Man relax... this is an internet forum. A good quote by Karel Capek: "Can you imagine the silence if everyone only said what he knows" - well Internet forum is the ultimate mean of communicating own opinion on various matters where an individual enjoys the comfort of situation where he cannot be punished for airing acts of all possible speculation, rudeness, egomania or just plain stupidity - situation not possible in offline world.

Internet destroys human common sense especially among kids, who haven't experienced too much eye to eye human interaction. Internet allows an unprecedented state where there can be an action that has no reaction (i.e. what did you say?! > punch > ouch) Off course reaction will come but so far into the future that even teenagers mind can't acknowledge that fact due to lack of "life" experience. (haven't been to a networking party, job interview, no family - no friends - being 50 etc...)

These are the rules of the game: accept them when you play it Wink
  • + 1
 ok I think you are rigth. anyway happy trails.
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 @apachemauro...he said he raced. So, I wondered if he won any of those races. It seems more advantageous in my mind to have a full DH rig when you race other folks who are riding them. Levelling your own playing field, you know? Because, like I said, being unique isn't always going to win races.

I also don't doubt that he can do those things that I mentioned. But apparently you didn't read all of my postings as one says he has obvious skill. I just think a DH bike would be a little more forgiving on his body, that's all.

Again, I was never talking s**t, just asking questions, which I think was obvious. So take a deep breath and count to 10.
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 ok cool im sorry, peace.
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 reminds me of rockin a kona hoss DH, manly. Maybe a cool, mixup ride but I'll take a full susser
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 Not taking anything away from the guy......but weren't guys doing this back in the 90's on hardtails? Not sure I see the point of beating yourself up on a HT these days at whistler. It rather see a guy pinning it smoothly on a FS than some guy bouncing around trying to relive the 90's on his HT.
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 you got the point. they rode only HTs back in the day because there weren't many good FS bikes. now FS bikes are all good and thats what people ride everywhere. one of the reason why I ride HT is that I want to be different from others, stupid or not. it's my style. you ride FS because that's what you want, I ride HT with the same reason. and I do not beat myself at all otherwise I wouldn't have ridden over 25days per month from june to september Wink

there are tons of videos about riders going smooth on their FS, so it might be good to see something different, don't you think!?
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 and i was complaining about riding whistler on a 6 in travel bike... i better shut my mouth
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 Are chain wallets still cool in Japan? Razz

Awesome rider. I'd like to see more of him.
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 Props dude. Used to ride hard tail then my back went at Morzine so full sus from now on.
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 You said you don't like to be like everybody else but now your going to be because everyone now wants to be like you!!!
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 Hard tail rules the world boys and girls!
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 hardtails rule!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 If you cut Jin in half, you would see bones made of concrete!
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 it's all riding, it's all good
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 Major props to this guy, its hard to ride trails like that with that speed and skill on a hardtail
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 Sick Riding! Serious props to riding those lines on a HT.
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 I've seen this guy in the bike park before, he shreds
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 makes me wana ditch my dh bike and get a hardtail!
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 Hardtails rule!
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 Makes me want to build up a trail hardtail! Sick and inspiring.
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 HARDTAIL HEAVEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 Best selection of trails so far in these films. Very impressive riding to
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 gnarly stuff to do on ht's.RESPECT!
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 Does anyone know what bike he rides?
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 respect...this guy slays
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 Chromag. He also works for them.
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 what fork is he running?
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 Lyrik at 140mm I believe.
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 I don't know why this is such a big deal. Ok he rides a hardtail. Great.
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 That guy is frickin hard core man!!
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 Makes my body hurt watching him ride that bike
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 I am moving to whistler for two weeks next summer with a 2010 tr450
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 some one give this guy a full suspension
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