Most Committed Anime Fan EVER Journeys To Comiket

Meet The Most Committed Anime Fan. EVER.

Who needs the train when you’re an anime fan with a bicycle?

Last weekend, Winter Comiket took over Tokyo, Japan’s mega-gathering of anime otaku and dojinshi (self-published comics) artists. Coinciding with Japan’s New Year’s vacation period, Comiket draws attendees from all across the country to its venue at Tokyo Big Sight, including Twitter user @DJ_FLANDRE.

It’s roughly 249 miles from @DJ_FLANDRE’s home to Tokyo, so the sensible thing to do would be to take the Shinkansen bullet train, which would get @DJ_FLANDRE there in about two hours. But the hardcore thing would be to make the journey by bicycle, and that’s just what he did.

Oh, and @DJ_FLANDRE wasn’t going to make the trip using a sporty competition-spec bike, but with a “mama chari” (from “mama chariot”), the heavy-framed bicycle commonly used by Japanese housewives while running local errands, (complete with shopping basket).

@DJ_FLANDRE started pedaling on Christmas morning, hopping on the bike at 9 a.m. on December 25th. Shortly before noon, he’d passed through Nagoya, Aichi’s prefectural capital, and reached Toyoake City.

At 10:37, @DJ_FLANDRE rolled into Shizuoka City. Having covered 210 kilometers (130 miles), he figured that was enough for one day, and found a “kenko land”(public bath or hot spring with napping facilities) in which to spend the night. The next morning, it was back on the road at 9 a.m. again.

He opted for the coastal route, passing through Atami, a seaside hot spring resort town. But rather than splurge on luxurious accommodations, @DJ_FLANDRE kept pedaling for five more hours until he got to the city of Chigasaki, plopping himself down in an Internet cafe overnight shortly before midnight, having covered 120 kilometers on Day 2, bringing his total so far up to 330 kilometers (205 miles).

As usual, @DJ_FLANDRE was on the road at 9 the next morning, reaching Yokohama at 10:38. Now within easy striking distance of Tokyo, he even had time to meet up with some local friends!

…and then, at 3:41, he was on the far shore in Tokyo!

While he made it in great time, @DJ_FLANDRE says that he packed too many clothes, and the extra weight made uphill sections of the route harder than they needed to be. With less luggage, he thinks he could actually make the trip from Aichi to Nagoya in two days instead of three.

We’re sure @DJ_FLANDRE enjoyed Comiket… But good GOD that’s commitment. And a lot of leg power.


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