Land of the Riding Fun - Bernardo Cruz and Steffi Marth in Japan

Mar 10, 2016 at 13:59
by Nathan Hughes  
In this twisted, mountain-bike dominated world in which we all live, Japan seems to fly a little under the radar. Unless you’re into riding powder on planks, there’s not much you’ll be hearing the land of the Sumo and running sushi besides perhaps the latest drivetrain innovations... until now at least. Join Shimano Team riders Bernardo Cruz and Steffi Marth as they fill their treads with volcanic soil and their bellies with Tokyo onagi on a bike adventure to Japan’s main island of Honshu. Hosted by Japanese pro, Hiroshi Ato, it is set to be a fascinating eye-opener, both on and off the bikes.



Bernado builds up his GT quiver at Hiroshi s garage which became our base-camp in suburban Osaka.



Arigato. Perhaps it seems unusual to begin with a ‘thank you’, but there’s nothing ‘usual’ about Japan and we need to show our appreciation for this great place. In a land where you simply cannot be polite enough, ‘arigato’ is a word you don’t forget. Practice it now. Practice your chopstick technique while you’re at it. Prepare your neck to nod and bow a thousand times and bring an extra suitcase for gifts in case you meet… anyone. After your bike, pack your shovel. You’ll be needing it to assist the local trail maintenance crew on their painstaking mission, not to buff the singletrack ready for more tires, but instead to return each and every misplaced twig and pine cone you carelessly swept aside on your ill-mannered decent. This is by no means an exhaustive list to help remember your ‘P’s and ‘Q’s abroad and if it sounds curious to you now, get ready to make some serious cognitive adjustments later on. Japan intrigues from the moment you’ve said the word and won’t quit until your last memories spark out at 93. With or without bikes; Japan is a whole other planet.



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The legendary trail builder come private taxi-man that is Nogucchi
Steff and Bernado head to the trails in Kyoto s bamboo forest.



Still dazed by automated toilet procedures, the continuous assault on our senses, the time difference and in Bernado’s case a 36 hour travel time from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, we found ourselves in a whirl-wind of classic Japanese mini-bus travel without the space for a spare chop-stick or time to use it on anything much more than some convenience store noodles. From Hiroshi’s garage in suburban Osaka, we’d been chauffeured overnight in a maxed-out Toyota; two hosts, a driver, Bernardo, Steffi, myself and Phil our videographer, along with 9 bikes and all baggage to the Yamanashi district within touching distance of the World-famous and locally sacred volcano that is Mount Fuji.



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A temple is thought to have stood in this spot behind our lodgings at the Yamanashi nature reserve for over a thousand years.
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At last we found ourselves a peaceful world away from airports, traffic jams and excess bag fees with no idea what to expect.

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Steffi on the quest for inner tranquility.
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Hydration is key for inner tranquility.

Bernado and Hiroshi manual under the ancient arches of our Yamanahi home.
Bernardo and Hiroshi manual under the Torii gate of our new neighbourhood.

Trees big enough to have seen Mount Fuji in anger a few times over the years.



Lodging a stone’s-throw from a temple site over a thousand years old, with a group of local riders caring for the trails and campaigning for their official-dom, we were treated to some of Japan’s finest MTB offerings right off the bat. A lengthy shuttle took up high up into thick cloud-forest, as dense as it was ancient, shrouding the most natural single-track of so many incredible phases. Old man’s beard hanging from the trees hid epic views of Fuji as we flowed over roots and loam, floating full-gas into a natural halfpipe filled with dead leaves.



Keiko chasing Steffi down in an open section on the Yamanashi trails.
Plenty to smile about in the early summer sun.
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Bernardo samples the Japanese powder, the summer edition.

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bigquotesOh man, Japan is crazy. It's my first time in Asia, so for me it's a lot... I didn't know there was just forest like this everywhere and sick trails... I wish we could build some more jumps, but we're not allowed haha! The locals are so funny it's amazing, I think we seem really rude to them!
Bernardo Cruz - GT



Bernado will find a gap where no one else would want to look. Enduro bike 30ft hip transfer deep in the forest.
Bernardo sending a massive transfer he spotted deep in the forest.

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Hiroshi s girlfirend Keiko lives to ride. She closed her bakery in Osaka for two weeks to host our trip and get us to the best spots on Honshu.



Hiroshi's girlfriend, Keiko, lives to ride. A good English speaker, she closed her bakery in Osaka for two weeks to help get us to the best spots on Honshu. Since our visit she's begun working for Deity Components as a distributor in Japan as well as managing a national DH race team.



Bernado ahead of the pack but leaving a generous trail of roost for the others to follow.
Bernardo ahead of the pack, but leaving a generous trail of roost for the others to follow through the fog.

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Just a few days into our trip and already we had both wet and dry laps under our belt on trails better than we could have ever hoped for; some unforgettable times behind bars. However, our bikes had left scars on the face of this magic mountain and with the nervous locals not ready to step into plain sight in a place currently unwelcoming of life on two wheels, the branches were swept back across the tracks, returning it to its disguised, hibernation state once again.



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The crew take in views of the Holy Mount Fuji.

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Face masks are the norm in Japan worn for hygiene as well as pollution.
Keiko and Hiroshi take the guys over World-famously crowded Shiboya crossing.
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Our already calloused palms caught some short relief in Tokyo. Perfect timing with the sumo’s arrival in the capital came at a heavy-weight price, but some of the best things were free... Tsukiji fish market, the temples of Asakusa and the World’s busiest pedestrian crossing at Shibuya came without a price tag and in a land without tips we kept out yen for what was next.



Lunchtime reading at the 7-11.
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No seats to spare at Ryogoku stadium as a long day of sumo approaches it's final rounds and only the most heavyweight contenders remain.


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Sumo contests are held in Tokyo only twice a year and we got the timing right.
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As much as sumo wrestling seems to be about the build up, when the flags go away and all the foot stomping and salt tossing stops, the fighting is fast paced and vicious. Luckily one of these monsters usually gets flung over the edge of the ring before anyone's face gets torn off. No one seems to stop you taking photos or video so we stood there with an unsubtle 300mm lens on a Red Epic until the very end.



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Steff and Bernardo soak up the spiritual sights and smells at the Buddhist temples of Asakusa.

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The next morning, from dimly-lit alleyways teaming with fast moving industrial vehicles we were ushered out of the spitting rain and flashing headlights into the tightly-packed confines of a warehouse viewing area. After a 3am wake up on the hard wood floor of Hiroshi's uncle's house we were quickly shaken from our travel-zombie status’ by the regimented shrieking of the auctioneer as crowds gather between the rows of what appear to be gigantic, frozen torpedoes. It was, in fact, the catch of the day - top and tailed blue-fin tuna at the World’s largest fish market, Tsukiji and our focus turned to not making an unintentional bid on a 400 pound chunk of sushi. Half-way through our bike adventures on Honshu, and the crazy cacophony of sights and smells continued to amaze us on our Japanese initiation.



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5 00am at the harbour in Tokyo and just in time for the auction of some gigantic torpedos of frozen tuna.
Tokyo s Tsukiji market is the world s largest and nothing about the scale of it disappoints.
And lunch was sorted for the ride home.



Fujimi Panorama is Japan’s largest lift-accessed bike park. Out of the gondola, the long descent through pygmy bamboo and over high-speed jumps and turns is a key stage of the Japanese national DH race circuit. Two weeks before the next round, the parking lot was awash with mini vans and gazebos of prospective racers, already training for the big day. We left with dreams of a World Cup rematch - the first since Japan hosted at Mount Arai, all the way back in 2001.



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Fuji Panorama - just the one ocean away from Whistler Bike Park.

Berndo scrubs hi say into a high speed section remeniscent of the Mont St Anne hip jump.
Keiko getting swallowed-up in mini bamboo in the top section of Fujimi Panorama DH track.
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Bernado under the lift at Fujimi Panorama Japans largest bike park.
Hiroshi Ato shredding the Japanese Whistler that is Fujimi Panorama bikepark.
Hiroshi leading Steffi, Bernardo and Keiko into the super high speed sections half way into 4-5 minute descent.

Tuning up the Saint set-up at Fujimi Panorama.
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Chilling after last runs at Fujimi Panorama BP.
Steffi shreds the golden hour off last lifts at Fujimi Panorma Bike Park.
Steffi shreds the golden hour off last lifts. The pains of bringing two bikes all the way to Japan were starting to pay off.



bigquotesThe Japanese bike scene is like a little microcosm that's just been doing it's own thing for so long. It's awesome to get the chance to look inside the bubble and see how much potential it has. With the unique culture, open-hearted people and insane sushi, it's my new favourite place... there's nowhere else like it. I'll be buying a kimono any day now. No, really!
Steffi Marth - Trek



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True to her word...
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Technically it's a Yukata but hey.

Osaka suburb-scape.
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Finally back where it all began for us, but still with so much to see - the high rise city of Osaka. Time for a coffee at the owl cafe...

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What goes on at the owl cafe You drink coffee relax.... and look at owls.
Kicking back and relaxing with a nice non-alcoholic beverage...
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...and bunch of owls. That's Japanese urban living at it's finest.

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Not content to put the big bikes away so soon, Hiroshi and Keiko took us to another gem that was a little closer to their Osaka home. Leaving their bikes unlocked and on the street outside their house overnight (take a look at Japan’s crime figures), we were shuttled the following morning to a huge conifer forest close to the temples that see racers compete on the sacred staircases of the RedBull Holy Ride urban DH race.



Bernade goes foot out flat out down Osaka storm gully trail.
Bernardo charges down an ancient logging path that now serves as a burly DH trail in the summer and a storm-gully for much of the winter.

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Hiroshi locks up at the storm-gully trail. It s not about who gets in but what gets out in a forest full of deer and wild boar...
Hiroshi locks up his beloved training ground in the trees. It's just as much about stopping people getting in as it is about what gets out in a forest full of deer and wild boar...


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Authentic Geisha s headed to work at Pontocho alley in Kyoto.
Walking the streets of Kyoto we were lucky to catch a rare glimpse of some authentic Geishas in a Pontocho alleyway.

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Japanese dream trails among the bamboo forests outside Kyoto.



Illustrated trail instruction manuals in hand and handlebars fitted with mini cowbells we headed to the hills above the skyscrapers of Osaka for one last ride. A country so steeped in tradition and formality is difficult to change and Hiroshi and Keiko appreciate what it will take to convince the 127 million people, sandwiched between the ocean and steep volcanic terrain that mountain biking deserves it’s place. Although Japan’s bike scene may be mature and relatively strong compared to many nations, it now seems to find itself somewhat on the back foot from its 90s heyday. One thing is for certain – with this kind of terrain and such a huge volume of hiking trails - this nation’s potential for mountain biking is unreal. As word of the joys and benefits of an outdoor pursuit’s lifestyle arrives with mainstream Japan we can only hope the bicycle rises to the top.



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Bernado taking the enduro bike sideways at Nogucchi s Osaka trail.
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Baking or biking - Keiko's smiling either way.



One last culture stop before the long flight home... Kyoto's Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine and it's thousands of orange Torri gates. Each archway was donated at some point by local businesses and families for good fortune and the incredible walkway is punctuated by ancient graveyards of former cityfolk who are now believed to have become gods. Foxes have supernatural shapeshifting powers in Japanese folklore and here we found hundreds of candle-filled shrines and spooky, moss covered statues, curiously dressed in red capes. It was a lot to take in, but that was really the underlining theme of our entire experience in Japan. Two hours of climbing up and down stairs and we were no less in awe of this place.



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Fushimi Shrine Kyoto.
Walking the trail of thousands of orange arches at Kyoto s Fushimi shrine.
Fushimi walkway is punctuated by ancient graveyards of former cityfolk who have all become gods.
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Osaka Castle at sunset.
The sun setting on the samurai castle in Osaka and on our time in Japan

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'Arigato', Japan and 'arigato' to our awesome hosts Hiroshi Ato, Keiko Tomita and Takayoshi Noguchi, Ichi Jyo Ultimate Factory bike shop for providing the transport and kind trip sponsors Shimano and Adidas Eyewear.



MENTIONS: @shimano / @adidaseyewear / @dakine / @trekgravitygirl / @natedh9




89 Comments

  • + 29
 I was fortunate enough to spend the last 5 months working and living in Japan, and without a doubt, it is the greatest place I have ever experienced. The culture shock is huge, with everyone being so unbelievably polite and welcoming it's far from what I find to be the norm in the UK. I really can't express how incredible Japan is, from the Snowy mountains in Hokkaido, the tropical islands off the coast of Okinowa and the bustling streets of Tokyo, it's a country which literally has everything.

If you ever have the chance to go there, don't debate whether it'll be expensive, or you'll miss things at home, just do it (insert Shia Labeouf pic here), because I guarantee it'll be worth it.
  • + 3
 This comment of yours totally rubbed it in my face and I'm super not jelly at all! lol lol

"One day i'll grace this beautiful country with my presence!.. Just you wait!!..." lol xD

But seriously good advice for those like myself who've never been. Smile
  • + 16
 I couldn't agree more; there is many a person in this world who could benefit from a biking holiday here!

.....not to mention the added chance of learning a pertinent thing or two about how to cohabit an interminably small space with tens of millions of others with.... maybe, 'grace' would be a good word.
  • + 1
 Agree totally.
Dated a Japanese girl many years ago and spend a lot of time there as a result and also through work, it is the the best country ever!
Fujimi Panarama is a great crack to, although there was only 3 routes when I was there (2013) the experience is brilliant, you can stay in ski lodges nearby and hit the onsen after a hard days riding.
  • + 1
 @orientdave: Although i've never been to japan all of what i have seen from the anime/manga scene to photographs and videos, Documentaries of the history of japan and even the folklore stories i've read i can't really say a bad thing about Japan, For me it literally looks like a little slice of heaven.. On or off the trail.
  • + 1
 Wow! I've lived abroad in both Turkey and Venezuela and would love to experience Asia. Maybe it's time to head out!
  • + 20
 Marzocchi lives! Steffi's damn hot.
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flag Parkbuilder72 (May 19, 2016 at 1:01) (Below Threshold)
 and that´s the reason for full sponsoring? I know a lot off girls wich are faster,but without any sponsor lol
  • + 1
 @Parkbuilder72: Pretty sure shes riding fox anyway...
  • + 9
 I don't know much about Japan, other than every single person I know that's been says it's more than amazing. And here I am at my day job, wasting away like a sucker
  • + 4
 "I think we seem really rude to them!"

It has taken me 20 years, but I am finally past that stage here; now most people think I am just plain weird.
If you do ever come here, I cannot understate how essential a good local guide is!
  • + 3
 Its true though, even trying to be your most polite and gracious self, you still feel like a big clumsy oaf. That was our experience after a two week trip to Tokyo and Kyoto...especially in Kyoto. I can't imagine what running into someone in the singletrack would be like. Both people get off bikes, bow profusely, beg the other person to continue riding, etc.
  • + 5
 @twozerosix: Two weeks later a rescue crew is sent to retrieve the two still bowing and apologising riders, and it just makes things worse.
  • + 1
 I can definitely attest to that! Having a local guide/friend while traveling in Japan makes the experience ten times more enriching, and often hilarious (especially if adding beer to the mixSmile )
There's so much more under the surface in Japan, pretty much in every aspect, that only a good guide can reveal.
Even more so when it comes to mountain biking, since so much of the scene in Japan is a little "hidden", both geographically and due to the communication barrier.
The friendliness of the people, though, regardless of communication difficulty- is unparalleled to any other place I've visited in the world.
  • + 4
 These features are so awesome PB! This one in particular comes at an interesting time for me. I am currently in Japan for about a week on the far northern edge of Honshu. Not far from the Tsugaru Straight that separates Honshu from Hokkaido. First time in Japan and I am thinking of this place a a possible future job transfer when it comes time. Japan wasn't really on my radar at all until I had the opportunity to experience the culture and the beauty it has to offer. This article and these pics were just what I needed today. Thanks.
  • + 3
 can't browse them at the moment as i am at work ;( living near tokyo and working in tokyo, it is relatively "hard" to do MTB, the closest option for sanctioned trails are Fujimi Panorama and Fujiten MTB resort, the former being more technical and more "downhill", the latter is just what we call an mtb ride back at home.

we did some MTB on some "unnofficial" trails in okutama but it involves going through some farmer's backgarden to get to the trails.

now i have a japanese driver's license (which is another convulated story) and i am hoping that i can do the 2 hour drive from my house to fujiten for some trail riding!

tipping my hat to my fellow 外国人s @nikoniko and to @orientdave!
  • + 6
 I feel as though @nikoniko should have made an appearance in this article.
  • + 1
 Thats funny because i knew who you were referring too right away from a couple of the vids he has posted.
  • + 1
 @Pauldenney: hes legendary
  • + 1
 He was there in spirit! As soon as you set foot in Japan, he channels through you!
  • + 4
 hahhahah Thank you for the good words! Great article and wonderful pictures but they were way too far north of me! Im a country bumpkin here in Japan, ahhahahhah
  • + 0
 @nikoniko: but you are real,and not a bikeactor Wink
  • + 1
 @Parkbuilder72: hhahahhahahah I was once real, back in my other realm, in this realm Im just a cloud of smoke! Puff Puff!
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 @nikoniko: puff puff is not the badest hahahhaha
ride on bro
  • + 1
 +1 Smile He is definitely one of the coolest, classiest and most creative PB users.

Maybe we could convince him to do a write-up on the riding scene in the south of Japan and add some of his cool videos Smile
  • + 2
 @Unkas: Thats a smashing idea!
I would like to do something like that soon!
  • + 6
 The things I would do to go on a trip this awesome...
  • + 11
 Like work?
  • - 3
 Like making ice cream to dirty old men in the back of a dark alley?
  • + 1
 @fabdemaere: XD Fair enough!
  • + 1
 Does anyone know of any 'all mountain/enduro' mountain bike guided tours available in japan?
I'm desperate to go but am hopeless at traveling solo so would definitely need some sort of kind folk to show me around.
So far my google-fu is failing me.
  • + 1
 Great story and amazing pictures. I've been to Japan a countless number of times and love the way you can leave your (unlocked) bicycle on a city street and come back a week later to find it untouched. Or how you can leave your brand new iPhone on a restaurant table to reserve it while you grab your food.
  • + 5
 Imagine a world cup there!
  • + 2
 Nathan!!!! Wow, those shots are absolutely stunning, you really captured the essence of a riding holiday. Your story-telling through the lens was such a joy to scroll down the page. Keep up the good work man!
  • + 3
 Yeti 303... That is a bike I haven't seen in a long time. Thank you for this awesome video! Not biking, but excited for an upcoming Japan trip.
  • + 4
 EPIC photo story, made my morning! Very nice pictures @natedh9...and you have to marry that girl! ; )
  • + 1
 The polite Japanese said : Excuse me can you please go back up and fix your schralping please?
It looks great on video but rely its a fun but dumb thing to do.
Photos are stunning!
  • + 3
 This photo epic is truly superb. Thanks a lot guys, you never disappoint. Huge props
  • + 2
 Bernardo and Steffi
Next time you come to Japan, come visit me in Nagano so you can try out some of the fun trails here and see what countryside (inaka) life is like.
  • + 2
 @natedh9 you've outdone yourself here...bike community take note, the bar has been raised. Astounding!
  • + 1
 I plan to bring the family in June 2017. All are experienced mountain bikers here in Colorado. Any recommendations for a tour company or guide?
  • + 2
 Phenomenal pictures, great comments and a beautiful video. Thank you for sharing that with us!
  • + 1
 Surreal!! Parabens Bernardo que trip aluciante!!! Galera vibe lokaaa!!! I R A D O!!!
  • + 2
 Ooo that Red camera. I want O_O
  • + 2
 Japaneses and Brazilians, what's better than this? Smile awesome photoepic
  • + 1
 Welcome to Asia...awesome photos & story...also visit my country Indonesia Nathan Smile
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 @natedh9 Spectacular story telling images !!!
  • + 1
 The beauty of the country... many good places in Japan worth we learn... ... in addition to the Japanese army...
  • + 1
 Cherish peace Refused to war
  • + 2
 Those pictures! Great story. Really pulled me in.
  • + 2
 Great photos and inspiring environments. Where are the sushi photos?
  • + 1
 Pinkbike needs to feature Nathan Hughes more often, one of their best contributors in my opinion.
  • + 2
 unbelievable shooting. really great photos of a stunning culture
  • + 2
 Insanely good photos!! Nicely done!
  • + 2
 WOW makes me want to go there now!! One day...one day!!
  • + 2
 Great shots, Would love to go on a trip like this some time.
  • + 1
 Going to Japan in two weeks, won't have time to ride, and I don't know if I've ever been more bummed Frown
  • + 1
 Way cool anyway. You gotta go to Lucky Pierrot. Best Whale Burgers in Japan! They say they use only minke whale, but I'm guessing theres some dolphin meat in there too.
  • + 1
 some one in Kochi??
im going in the summer and it would be awesome if i can meet some local people to go biking
  • + 3
 Incredible photos!
  • + 1
 Amazing article, That building tripped me out a bit. Next destination: Japan.
  • + 1
 amazing japan, the land of the riding sun.uso!!!
  • + 1
 It's one of my favourite places to ride. Go every year.
  • + 1
 what a GREAT photography! thank you Nathan!
  • + 1
 いいな、日本にマウンテンバイクに乗りたい!
  • + 1
 More Japanese mtb on pinkbike please.
  • + 1
 Such a good article and photo stream. Loved it! thanks Pinkbike!
  • + 1
 Wow barely 2 months here in Kyoto, any advice for riding near Kyoto?
  • + 1
 Accelerates Bernardo Cruz, we are always cheering for you.
  • + 1
 I looked at every pic here. On my bucket list.
  • + 1
 That flying sumo boob was a little disturbing. Amazing shots overall.
  • + 1
 I went to the same location/grand tournament in May/2015. You can watch sumou on video or on TV, but you have to go there and experience it firsthand to appreciate the energy and social atmosphere that exists there. The only sports I love more than sumou are road racing sports cars and mountain biking, but I love Japan even more.
  • + 0
 Great Pictures and History !!!!!!!! Braaaappppp Go Bernado Cruz !!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Marzocchi!!!! Great shots.
  • + 1
 awesome pics Mr Nathan Hughes....loving the photo epics
  • + 1
 This is pretty awesome, riding looks amazing.
  • + 1
 Wicked pics!! looks like a hoot!!
  • + 1
 #sumoforrampage
  • + 1
 Braaaap...Be Cruz!!!
  • + 1
 Amazing Photos!
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 Awesome pics !!
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 WOW awesome !!!
  • + 1
 Damn great pictures!
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 Great photos!
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 great pictures!!!
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 spectacular photos
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