A Morning in West Tokyo

I haven’t been writing much about my cycling adventures of late, but I do go out pretty much every morning for a spin in the city. I recently picked up a Thermal Ride Jacket and Insulated Cycling Gloves from Mont-Bell, and so the cold weather isn’t at all an issue. I also wanted to pick up their Winter Cycling Pants — yes, I’ve crossed THAT line, I’m ready to wear cycling tights — but they were out of my size.

I don’t always go very far — a regular route is heading down Meiji dori to Kanda river, and then cycling along that for a bit — but it just feels good to be riding. A new accessory I got is a bell equipped with a compass, which I’m finding extremely useful. I have a horrible sense of direction, and I’m finding it really helps me get my bearings when I’m exploring a new area.

This morning after I got down to Kanda river, I decided I’d follow Shin-Mejiro dori and see if it would get me to Nakano (I did bring my TOKYO CITY ATLAS with me). It wasn’t the most direct of routes, but made for a nice ride. I followed Shin-Mejiro dori, and just about the time it turns into Mejiro dori, I headed west on Shin-Ome kaido, and then south-west on Nakano dori. Once I got to Nakano, I figured I’d go to Koenji — a place I haven’t been to in ages — and get a latte at Planet 3rd, which is where I’m at right now, writing this. To get back home, I’m thinking I’ll get back to Nakano and then follow Nakano-dori until I get to Waseda dori, which should bring me back to my starting point.

Ah, the joys of riding — I feel like starting a cycling club now!

No Magazine, No Life

title0802MAGAZINE PICK-UP ALERT: It didn’t take long before I bought a copy of the new issue of TITLE (96). With a cover sporting the words “2008: A Magazine Odyssey,” you just know I had to pick it up. It’s a terrific look at the world of magazines, with the feature claiming “No Magazine, No Life.” Amen, brother! There’s also a great bilingual insert, produced with MONOCLE (it’s almost as if the insert was pulled straight out of an issue of MONOCLE), that covers different aspects of the magazine’s inaugural year, including looks at some test covers and their HQ in London.

And yes, I know I haven’t done one of my “This Week in Magazines” posts in a while. I have been going through new magazines on a regular basis, and have even taken notes for those posts, but for some reason just didn’t get around to writing them of late. I’ll try to get one up this week with a look at the latest releases.