Japanese engineering is world-class but that applies even to the smallest one-person crafting. Some very old crafts are still being manufacture there in Ishikawa with the help of modern technology.
Notojima (Noto Island) is home to a number of small traditional Japanese towns. The residents all share duties of farming, fishing, and crafting to create very tight-knit communities throughout.
Much of our conversation is spent on the topic of the newly released issue #138, but we also briefly mention UPS e-bikes, the mountain bike race through Cuba, Stig Brockx wakes up from a coma, and Colnago helps China get to the WorldTour.
As the world’s cities become internationalized, the Noto Peninsula on the Sea of Japan is one place where Japan can be visited as a historical destination. The region is surprisingly accessible and offers a huge sampling of traditional Japanese culture.