"'Metabolic' waistlines spark bike boom"
While it's true that most people in Japan use bikes on a regular basis, it's usually on mama-chari (upright city-bikes) and mainly for getting around town and running minor errands, rather than commuting long-distance. As much as I like the convenience of the train, it's nice to see people eschewing it for their own two wheels.Originally Posted by The Yomiuri Shimbun
The print edition of the Daily Yomiuri also includes a picture of a young female cyclist enjoying a cup of coffee outside a shop advocating cycling in Tokyo's Harajuku district. She's got a dark brown, flat-bar, single-speed Surly (not sure of the model). Not too bad-looking. (The bike, I mean.)
N.B. In Japan, "Metabolic syndrome" ("metabo" for short) is a euphemism for obesity and health problems resulting therefrom. Its usage in English is a bit more specific and has something to do with insulin-resistance on top of obesity and sedentary lifestyle, but Japan's run with it and turned it into an over-arching buzzword for an increasingly flabby population.