The Simplicity of Cycling

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The Simplicity of Cycling

The Simplicity of Cycling

Sometimes what we initially resist, can unexpectedly transform into something we will cherish the rest of our lives. Such is the case with my recent trip to Japan where my son suggested as a destination to celebrate his upcoming high school graduation.

“Just roll with it,” I told myself.

Upon the completion of the trip, I was amazed by the discipline of the Japanese culture on multiple aspects such as cleanliness, respect for each other, simplicity, punctuality, organized public transportation, and of course the use of the bicycle.

From bustling city streets to serene countryside paths, bicycles hold a special place in the hearts of the Japanese people, embodying a myriad of cultural values and societal norms. People of all ages are seen riding.

Bicycles were introduced to the country in the 19th century, and the first arrived around 1870. At the heart of Japanese culture lies a deep appreciation for simplicity and functionality, traits that are epitomized by the bicycle. In a country where space is at a premium and efficiency is paramount, bicycles offer a practical and efficient means of transportation for millions of people. Whether navigating through crowded city streets or meandering along tranquil countryside roads, the bicycle allows individuals to traverse their surroundings with ease and grace.

Cycling is not just a mode of transportation; it is a way of life embraced by many Japanese individuals seeking to lead active and environmentally friendly lifestyles. The act of cycling promotes physical fitness, mental well-being, and a deep connection with nature, values that are highly esteemed in Japanese society.

Regardless of one’s social status or background, the simple act of riding a bicycle becomes a shared experience that promotes camaraderie and mutual respect—characteristics that we should emulate in our country, and even more specifically, Henry County.

By Peto Fallas