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"For years, the only real option was System V semaphores, but it is fair to say that they have never been universally loved."
-- Jonathan Corbet being either too cautious or too sarcastic ๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyway, I finally returned home after riding 64km, a new personal record.

My legs are surprisingly not too tired, but I got way too much sun on my shoulders. I had sunscreen with me, but forgot to put it on as soon as it cleared up in the afternoon! ๐Ÿ˜ก๐ŸŒค๏ธ

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Eventually they tell me to be more careful and let me go ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

I forget to turn on my headlight again. But they don't seem to notice as I slowly and carefully ride away... on the sidewalk of course. That was never even mentioned as a problem ๐Ÿ˜…

I wonder if anything was written down on a permanent police record about me?

"Headlight was not on after dusk" "Headlight was small"
"Rides gลซguru color bike, not reported stolen"
"Delusions about working at gลซguru, but looked homeless"

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The other agents return my card. One of them says goodbye and leaves. Apparently his shift is over.

The other agent also asks me a couple of questions. One I'm not sure if I understood correctly: "Do you have any Italian friends?"
"Yes, in Italy I have friends and family"
No, here in Japan"
"ๅ…จ็„ถ (zenzen). I'm here for work."

Now I'm being more careful not to say anything strange that would trigger more questions. I'm starting to get a bit anxious...

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Meanwhile, a female agent remains behind and asks me: "where were you going?"
"returning home, today I rode to Matsudo in Chiba"
"ใˆใˆใˆโ€ (sounding impressed)

"What's your job?"
โ€Sofuto enjinia"

"Where do you work?"

โ€Where is your office?"
"Shibuya, but now it's closed due to Coronavirus"

She writes my answers on a notebook. WTF? Was this a fucking interrogation? Are they gonna verify if my story checks out???

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I got stopped by the ่ญฆๅฏŸ!

I was riding by Chiyoda, and three cops stood in the way and made me stop. "Do you have a light?"

Oh shit... I had a tiny headlight strapped to the handlebar, but I forgot to turn on after sunset! So I switch it on, in flash mode.

"Uh? Is this enough?"... I mean... the roads are well lit, that's just to make me more visible to cars.

So they ask for my ๅœจ็•™ใ‚ซใƒผใƒ‰ (residence card. Luckily, I had it in my wallet. One of them goes back inside the ไบค็•ช (koban) with my card...

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But I didn't even get a burrito today!

I biked all day on a small sandwich, a taiyaki, two Coke Zero and one can of Orangina.

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I stopped for a quick bath at ๅคง้ป’ๆนฏ (Daikoku-yu), but they didn't have food.

I also found closed at T's TanTan in Ueno Station, my favorite vegan ramen-ya ๐Ÿคค

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Crossing back the Arakawa river (ใ‚ใ‚‰ๅท) at sunset... Still 14km to go... ๐Ÿฅต

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The flowers in the pictures don't seem to match what's in the pond ๐Ÿค”

Any botanists?

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I wonder what it will look like when those giant buds blossom?

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Crossing the Edo River (ใˆใฉๅท) back to the Tokyo shore.

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ใ“ใฎ่พบใฏใ‚ใฃใกใ‚ƒ็”ฐ่ˆŽใฟใŸใ„ใชใƒผ ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

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Welcome to Chiba Prefecture

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Lots of people playing Field Ball (้‡Ž็ƒ) today.

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