Hirohiza Tajima: Meet the cyclist who travels 100,000 miles around the world

What do you do when you feel down about your life? A 100,000-mile cycle across the entire world, of course.

That’s what Hirohiza Tajima does – and after 10,000 miles on his epic journey he’s never looking back.

The 33-year-old photographer was unhappy with his life in Tokyo when his close friend suggested that travel was the way forward.

“My friend, he’s a really spiritual man,” Tajima explained, “and he said ‘I can hear what your body is saying. She wants to move as much as she can. So you have to walk, run, anyway, go everywhere. This is for your happiness in life.

“I wasn’t really satisfied with my life even though I had a job, good friends and a partner. But I had no idea what I should do for contentment. So I decided to follow his advice. This is my pursuit of happiness.”

Tajima (above) has loved his journey thus far, making countless friends along the way. He brings his camping gear everywhere he goes and carries it on his back. He resides wherever he can, often relying on people’s generosity to let him sleep in their garden. He said, “It is absolutely amazing! I have found so many good friendly people everywhere who have helped me a lot. The world is open. This is the biggest learning experience of my trip.”

Tajima thinks the entire trip will be about 100,000 miles, and 10,000 have traveled so far. “It wasn’t easy,” he said, “but all it leads to is a good experience and I really love it.”

Tajima said the best parts of his trip were the new friends he made along the way, while the worst were the Covid restrictions.

He said, “The best part about it is the friends I met on the road unexpectedly. They tell me a lot about themselves and that’s always impressive. The worst part is the pandemic restrictions. I have to check the status of the restrictions carefully before crossing the border and taking expensive tests several times.” Sometimes I had to give up and change my destination.”

Asked how he felt about Scotland during his trip, he said: “I really love the landscape almost everywhere.

“Huge farms, good looking sheep and cows and houses. It’s like the fairy tales I read in Japan when I was a little kid. Here’s the real one.

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“I’ve cycled through our Gretna, Wamfray, Moffat, Broughton, Edinburgh, Perth, Kingusi, Aviemore, Inverness and Alans. My favorite thing is the sound of Scottish bagpipes. And the beautiful tartan patterns of Scotland. The scenery is really beautiful. I can feel very comfortable and really enjoy Running and looking around.From farms, nature, luxurious traditional buildings.People are friendly and relaxed.I still find new good friends in Scotland.

“I loved the Scottish sausage and brown sauce. Scotch is too strong for me but tastes good. The faded beer is absolutely fantastic. But I’m not good about porridge. My stomach started rejecting it after I ate some of it.”

Tajima’s journey continues, as he sets his sights on Ireland, before making his way through the rest of the world.

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