Kazun's bike is one that I was very excited to build. My first build to send to Japan started as a discussion (with a hefty language barrier) when I came to Japan in 2014 and rode with Kazun and the crew.
A year later, Kazun jokingly handed me a 5 yen coin (go-en, also means good luck) at the pub saying that it was his deposit. We laughed, and drank (much) more sake and ate our fill of yakitori, and then, out of the blue, the guys asked me to take their frame measurements, so off we rode to Blue Lug to do a fitting session at 2am.
The frame build ended up very similar to my Radonneur, bar a few changes like the hand cut kickstand plate and custom porteur/pannier rack.
I hand delivered the raw frame to Tokyo, where it transferred to the skillful hands of Cook Paint Works where it was coated in deep, glossy burgundy paint.
The build was completed by Blue Lug Kamiuma and photographed by Nobuhiko Tanabe.
I can't wait to see the adventures that this bike takes Kazun on!