For a quick little update today, we’ve got this amazing old bike I came across back in Tokyo while taking a back street home from the grocery store.
There’s a bit more info about the company that made it, Yamaguchi Bicycle, along with pics of the model that’s seen better days on this site here. Seems they made bicycles from 1914-1963 at which point they got bought out and absorbed into a larger company.
Just looking at this one makes me wonder what it’s been through in its time and if it’s still being used at all. Both the tires and the handgrips seemed to be recently worn so maybe it wasn’t totally abandoned? Just one more banal mystery on the streets of Tokyo.