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13th Japan International Cycle Show

Tokyo, Japan, November 22-24, 2002

Bikes from the East

By Miwako Sasaki/Japanese Cycle Sports

Anime meets MTB
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The 13th Japan International Cycle Show was recently held from the 22 to 24 of November in Tokyo. 268 companies from 21 countries attended the show and over 110,000 people were there not only for business but also to see what will be available in the coming months.

At the Shimano booth, Japanese road rider Hidenori Nodera spoke to the assembled crown about joining the Italian Team Colpack and finishing in 139th place at the Giro this year, and also talked about European Cycling to the Japanese crowd.
Anime meets Road
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Festina Japan's CEO, Frenchman Didier Hamdache was also at the Show. Festina want to sell their watches at in Japan and also to plan to support Japanese riders and races from next year. It will be good news for the Japanese, as some Japanese races are in financial trouble.

A new animation movie was also introduced at the Show. "A Summer of Andalusia" will be the first animation movie in the world about a bicycle race. The original story is a comic by Iou Kuroda, and Kitaro Kosaka directed the movie. Kosaka worked on "Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi", a famous Japanese movie. Although the movie is a fictional story of the Vuelta a Espana, some characters look very much like famous riders. "A summer of Andalusia" will show next summer in Japan.

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Images by Miwako Sasaki/Japanese Cycle Sports

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