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Recently my kids have been asking me about apprenticeships; are they better than college, what’s the difference, and so on. It reminds me of a program I watched many moons ago whilst living in Japan. It showed the training of a number of young people including one who was working towards being a ramen chef. Now ramen, as many of you will know, is basically noodles in a pork broth. Absolutely delicious but not, to my layman’s eyes, something that should require years of dedication. But that is exactly what went on. The young lad, we’ll call him Tanaka, turned up everyday and was trained in the art of preparing the broth, cutting the ingredients, draining the noodles etc. It was remarkable. Eventually, after many hundreds of hours literally slaving over a hot stove, Tanaka was able to produce ramen that satisfied his exacting sempai (senior).
All that for a bowl of noodles. Imagine what goes into training an engineer. In fact, I can tell you. One of my friends graduated form one of the country’s top universities and joined one of the top, prestigious Japanese multinationals. In the initially induction week him and several dozen other new recruits were marched round and round inside a gymnasium being drilled in bowing and greeting.
You might argue that such a culture has the potential to stifle creativity and you might well be right, but it also produces groups of people who make world beating products in every field they put their considerable efforts to. Hence the likes of Honda making the likes of the CB223S.
Such a beautiful, simple bike. Monoshock but otherwise classically styled with lines that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1960’s movie. The CB223 is just another in the long line of “why didn’t they sell this here?” bikes. It’s not big; it’s not jazzy; it’s not even particularly fast (although enough to take on the motorway – but that would be missing the point.) It’s an elegant, light machine with the understated charm to make more modern bikes blush.
13,000 miles on the clock and very clean through and through. Please call to make an appointment. We’d be happy to show you this bike in person.
This bike has been through the NOVA system. We can arrange registration and delivery. Registration is a 3-step process: obtain a dating certificate from a DVLA accredited dating officer; MOT; registration with DVLA. This costs £150.
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