shiya got those old family photos from his older brother in tokyo the other day. those were taken probably 15,16 years before shiya was born so it was in mid 40's. as i mentioned here before, shinya knew that his grandpa loved motorcycles but he never knew that his father was also into motorcycles until he saw these pictures. wow 木村氏が生まれる15、6年前の木村家の家族写真。1940年代の東京の下町。木村氏のお祖父様がインディアンに乗っていた話は聞いていたそうですが、お父様もバイクに興味があった事をこの写真を見つける最近まで知らなかったそうでございます。ずっと自分は突然変異なんだと申しておりました木村氏、やはり代々受け継がれたものだったのであります。素敵ですね。
shinya's uncle on rear, can't recognize the guy in front, at in front of his grandpa's factory building. but this 30's Harley Davidson WL was owned by shinya's dad. it says "KIMURA RIVET FACTORY INCORPORATED" on the sign on the front fender. very rare to see Harleys in this era in tokyo. wow
the little boy is shinya's older brother who kept these pictures and gave to shinya recently. the motorcycles behind are Lilac and Harley Davidson.
shinya's mom and grandma. a girl on the left in a box is shinya's older sister. the motorcycle is Lilac and KNS was his grandpa's company logo. 木村氏のお母様とお祖母様。箱の中左は木村氏の姉君。こちらもライラック。KNSというのがお祖父様の工場のロゴだったそうでございます。カッコイイ！
shinya's dad on the left with his Lilac motorcycle. just like shinya, his dad put his motorcycle goggles on his forehead.
it had line shafts in the ceiling through out the factory and wooden handles hanging down to engage the leather belts connected directly to each machinery to drive them... shinya loved the starting sounds of the shafts and all the machines in the morning. 天井にラインシャフトがめぐっていて、プーリーに革ベルトをつけたり外したりしてそれぞれの機械を一度に動かすという昔の工場独特のシステム。木村氏はシャフトの動き出しのグワァァァ～～～ンという音がたまらなく好きなへんてこな子供だったそうでございます。
i love love love his work but couldn't tell him that. i could just say, "hi,again" because we met him a few days ago and said "hi" at that time... one day, i will get one of his original arts and tell him at least "hello,again".
shinya never thought that he'll meet Mr.Tsukigi in person in america! he's one of the living legends in japanese road racing history and he came to visit us while he was staying with his daughter in socal for a week or so. amazing to hear all the great racing stories in 70's and 80's including that his team won at 24 heures moto le mans in 80's, etc. ｓhinya got sooooo excited...
some of you might be a little bit curious about shinya's obsession with those tool boxes. what does he do with them? is he selling them? where does he store them etc. these are just a part of his collections but here they are!