The One about Shimochari Bicycle Service in Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazwa is known for its shops and restaurants but for those looking for a bike or need bike service should stroll by Shimochari Bicycle Service owned by Hajime.

When going inside the shop,  you’ll notice that there are is a lot of love for California, may it be surf-inspired signs (or American signs in general) to his line of California Bikes that many people purchase and want to stroll in a beach cruiser-like jitensha (bicycle) different from what others are riding in Tokyo.

I asked how Hajime got into the culture and he said that he was inspired by his visit to California.  He needed a creative break and visiting California, he absolutely fed off the energy and wanted to bring that back home.

Aside from the bike business that keeps Hajime busy, he also has a business called SHO Enterprises which he sells American signs and products in Japan.

If you happen to visit Shimokitazawa, definitely stop by Shimochari Bicycle Service and say hello to Hajime!



Dennis A. Amith