"I am American. My father is from Nebraska and my mother is from Kyushu. I grew up with Japanese culture in my daily life. In a way, it's very fitting that I am here in Japan working at Mooneyes - "
Portrait via www.chabottengineering.com
The Japanese are blessed with a long tradition of rigorous craftsmanship. From calligraphy and type design to silk printing and sword making – there are centuries old ways of doing things that put process as far to the forefront as product.
Tokyo bred Shinya Kimura is one of the many Japanese craftsmen in this tradition turning their hands to motorcycles. Working these days in California, the application of his meticulous, back-to-basics philosophy is producing fiendishly beautiful bikes.
“For me a motorcycle is more than art,” he says, “it’s something that brings out my instincts, the wildness and vulnerability in me.”
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