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9:54 am - 04/10/2012

The Akira Bike of Your Dreams Is Racing Across Japan

This might not be Neo-Tokyo, but that sure looks like Shotaro Kaneda's bike in cyberpunk anime Akira. Masashi Teshima from Fukuoka, Japan thought he'd like an Akira bike for himself and spent seven years and ¥10 million (US$121,000) to make it.

While there are other Kaneda bike projects, this one is officially recognized by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. And Teshima is riding the bike across the country to raise money for children's autism. In the photos below, you can see Teshima and his custom bike in Fukuoka, Kobe, and Osaka.

The last stop is Tokyo, where it will be displayed at an exhibition for Katsuhiro Otomo. Visitors to the exhibit can sit on the bike and have their photos taken with it. The exhibit is for a good cause, too: it's raising money for victims of last year's earthquake.

First serialized in 1982 as a manga, Akira was turned into an iconic feature film anime in 1988.

This is my first time posting here. Thought Arama might like this kind of news :)

Source: Kotaku
nyappnyappcafe 10th-Apr-2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
uledy 10th-Apr-2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
This is AMAZING~! Now where can I get insane telekenetic powers?

And it's wonderful that part of this whole project is to promote awareness/funds for Autism. Special needs children and their educational requirements aren't given enough attention in Japan, so this is great!
k0dama 10th-Apr-2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
whoa, I didn't know it was an actually practical design.
benihime99 10th-Apr-2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
Looks amazing

Edited at 2012-04-10 06:12 pm (UTC)
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dorkylifestyle 10th-Apr-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! *hugs*

and good luck with your classes, be safe :)
newsvsyamapi 10th-Apr-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hate that there are so many sponsors' tags...
urban_twilight 10th-Apr-2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
Those are part of the original design.
inurbed 10th-Apr-2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
I want one
kame_94 11th-Apr-2012 03:52 am (UTC)
I want it!! I really want to take a motorcycle class this year..

Awesome first post tbh! Good job!!
dorkylifestyle 11th-Apr-2012 04:16 am (UTC)
Thank you <3
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