The only officially recognized replica of Shotaro Kaneda’s motorcycle from Katsuhiro Otomo‘s Akira manga and film is currently traveling across Japan. Shinji Tejima from the Showa Studio automobile
repair shop spent seven years and approximately 10 million yen (about
US$121,400) to build the motorcycle, and he is riding it across Japan to
raise money for the children’s autism support group Bokura Company.
Tejima started his journey in Fukuoka where he lives and is traveling
south and has stopped in various cities such as Osaka, Nagoya, and on
Tejima will also display the motorcycle at the “Katsuhiro Otomo GENGA Exhibition” in Tokyo, which is being held
from April 9 to May 30. Visitors to the exhibition will be able have
their picture taken while sitting on the bike. The exhibition itself is
being held to raise money to support the reconstruction efforts in the
Tohoku region after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
I know I should be happy that this is for a good cause, but really, I’m posting it because watching Kaneda’s bike drive off in real life is one of the sexiest damn things I’ve ever seen. ANN has a few more videos here if you feel the same.
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