Once a year, the gaikokujin motorcycle community of Tokyo (well, all of Japan is invited) puts together a charity event. It's time again for the Tokyo Toy Run!
There I am back in 2011 on the Honda CB1000. As you can see from the pictures, the concept is simple. We collect toys and money, dress in our finest Santa suits (420 yen from the Japan dollar store), and ride down to a local orphanage. What follows is truly an awesome day for the kids. Kids from infants to teens. A couple hundred motorcycles, a couple dozen pizzas, and toys for everyone.
Part of the fun is strapping all these toys to the bikes. I can't believe these survived the ride!
A safe, responsible ride is the only way to ride!
So what can you do to help? In the past, fans of my blogs have donated via PayPal, and I've used the money to buy toys in Tokyo. I'll do the same this time around. Please send a personal payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or click here:
If you are in Tokyo, you can give me a toy in person. I'll have an informal gathering at the Hobgoblin bar in Roppongi (site here) on Friday, December 5th from 8-10pm (probably until later). Come by for a beer and hand off the toy then. Please follow Ramen Adventures (shameless plug!) on Facebook for more info on that.
Previous years were a huge success:
Thanks, and remember, any amount helps.