Delivery of noodles by bicycle demands extraordinary balance skills to carry bowls of hot food. Laws that fine cyclists for not riding with two hands on the bike, or not signaling with outstretched arm at turns, have been waived for such deliveries.
Tokyo – Photo Tip

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There are few other countries in the world where people appear to be so conscious of what they eat as they are in Japan.

Ton Koene
Ton Koene Travel Photographer

That respect for food seems tied to respect for the body, as it is rare to see anyone who is overweight. It is something we have lost in the West, where being overweight is almost the norm. It is hard to escape the conclusion that there is a connection with the love of food, in the best sense of the term.

The Japanese certainly love food – but it is usually healthy. They eat lots of fish and vegetables, and such healthy food is an important part of their culture and daily lifestyle.

That respect goes through the whole food chain. One evening, when I was walking through the electronics area of Tokyo, I saw this food delivery man on his bicycle (above). I was amazed. The bowls he was precariously balancing were straight from the kitchen, still steaming hot for the customer’s table. Even a bowl of noodles is treated here as important.

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Itamae Akira Kaneko has been a sushi chef for 40 years, following a traditional apprenticeship where it takes about five years of training just to be allowed to prepare the rice. Women were long deemed unsuitable for the job because their hands are too warm. Photo by Ton Koene

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Canon EOS 5D-III

Aperture
ƒ/2.5
Exposure
1/125
ISO
400
Focal
24 mm

Itamae Akira Kaneko has been a sushi chef for 40 years, following a traditional apprenticeship where it takes about five years of training just to be allowed to prepare the rice. Women were long deemed unsuitable for the job because their hands are too warm.

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