1995年に単独自転車世界一周の旅に出てからちょうど今年で20年。今度は坂本家4人で夏休みなどを利用して最長で8年かけて6大陸を巡る冒険に出ます。ご支援してくださっている皆さまに感謝しながら家族4人、チームの力を合わせて世界の家族や異なる大陸の文化に出会います。応援よろしくお願いします!


 
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いつも坂本家を応援して下さるみなさま、ありがとうございます。コロナにより世界が全く異なる状況となり、8年計画で始まった6大陸大冒険も変更を余儀なくされました(その代わり、昨年は子どもたちが冒険の本づくりにチャレンジできました)。昨年は移動が制限されたこともあり、富士五湖一周となってしまいましたが、それでも多くの方々にご支援いただきながら家族で経験を共有できたことに感謝しています。

今年は自転車文化が盛んで親日的、コロナも落ち着いている台湾走行を考えていましたが、難しい状況になってしまい断念。そこで今年は家族5人で四国一周になりました。2017年にはスペインのサンティアゴ巡礼(キリスト教の巡礼路)でしたので、今度は日本版です。期間は約1か月、「現地の家族と関わる」私たちの冒険スタイルができるかわかりませんが、道中お遍路もしながら約1000キロ走れたらと思っています。当初、大和をチャイルドトレーラーで牽引できれば……と考えていましたが、1歳半にとっては少し早すぎるようで、佳香と大和はサポートカー(マイカー)での参加です。

私たちのプロジェクトは来年が最終回の予定ですが、長男と次男が三男を牽引して「もっと冒険したい!」と申しており(笑)、まだ2~3年は続ける予定です。私たちは当初と形が変わりながらも自分たちを信じてチャレンジを続け、安全第一で坂本家なりの明るいニュースを届けられたらと願っています。

健太郎(10歳)、康次郎(8歳)、大和(1歳)
これからも変わらぬご支援よろしくお願いいたします。

 

We always appreciate your heartwarming support.
As people all over the world have been through these two years of harsh and unexpected periods, COVID-19 has forced us to change the plans for the Great Six-continent Adventure, which was originally an eight-year project.  Though our adventure took a rather different, unexpected form, last year, our children tried publishing a book about our previous adventures.  In addition, with the restrictions on moving between prefectures, we decided to ride around the Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji.  Although we had never imagined these unstable situations, we are glad that we have shared the unforgettable moments and experiences.  As always, we thank each and every one of you for kindly cheering us. 

This year, we, the five members of the Sakamotos, originally thought of picking Taiwan as our next place for riding.  This is because Taiwan has a unique bicycle tradition, and is friendlier to Japan.  Moreover, the situation of COVID-19 has been settled down.  However, things have gradually been getting worse there, so we gave up the plan and decided to ride around Shikoku.
In 2017, we rode along the Route of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, which is a route for Cristian pilgrims.  This time, we are going to attempt a Japanese version of pilgrims.  We are planning to ride there for around one month.  Although we now are not sure whether we would keep our own style of adventures, in which we focus on communicating with the local families and people, we are riding for about 1,000 kilometers and making a pilgrimage at the same time.
Our initial plan was to ride towing Yamato, who is our 1-and-a-half-year-old son, by a child trailer.  However, he is too young to do this, so Yoshika and Yamato join the adventure in the supporting car.

Although our original plan was to put an end to our great project in 2022, we will continue it for a couple of more years.  The reason is that our first son and the second son are very much eager to take up more challenges with towing the third son. 
A lot of things have happened that we didn't even imagine.  Unprecedented and unexpected things may also occur in the future.  We flexibly have to think about and deal with any situations each time.  To achieve our goals, we will firmly believe in ourselves and keep our adventures safe and sound.  During our original challenges, we would sincerely like to send you our news with always big smiles on our faces.

Our sons, Kentaro, who is 10 years old now, Kojiro, who is 8 years old now, and Yamato, who is 1 year old now, also say hello to all of you.
We have always appreciated your sincere and everlasting support.

 

1995年に単独自転車世界一周の旅に出てからちょうど20年の2015年、今度は家族4人で夏休みなどを利用して8年かけて6大陸を自転車で巡る「坂本家6大陸大冒険」がスタートしました。

私は過去に4年3ヶ月の自転車世界一周で43カ国の人たちと出会い、対話し、ふれあってきました。今回の大冒険は、世界の家族と家族単位で出会い、ふれあい、つながることでどんな経験ができるかを試したい。子どものコミュニケーション力、順応性、好奇心、変わっていく子どもの姿、そこにある親や社会、世界の子育てや教育などを見聞し、帰国後は子どもを持つ家族だけでなく、多くの人と共有したいと思っています。

第1ステージはニュージーランド、第2ステージはスペイン・ポルトガル・スイス、そして第3ステージはカナダとアラスカをそれぞれ3ヶ月間、多くの出会いに助けられ各ステージ約800~900キロを無事に走り切ることができました。第4ステージは康次郎初の単独走に加え、開発途上国のネパールや山岳ルートのブータン、灼熱のマレーシアやブルネイだったので、400キロ弱の走行。第5ステージはトルコ・ジョージアを計画していましたが、出発直前に第三子がお腹の中にいることがわかり(!)、急遽予定を変更して北海道へ。2ヶ月で約500キロ走行。第6ステージはコロナ禍で国内外への遠征を断念、残念ながら中止となりました。が、少しでも走りたい!ということで番外編として富士五湖一周。

8年計画でスタートしましたが、(幸いなことに)子どもたちがもう少し続けたいと言っています。ご支援して下さっている皆さまに感謝しながら来年からは家族5人、力を合わせて世界中の家族や異なる大陸の文化にふれあう大冒険を続けていきます。応援よろしくお願いします!

The year of 2015 marks 20th anniversary since I started my adventure of solo bicycle trip all over the world in 1995.  In that year, four of us, namely I, Yoshika, Kentaro, and Kojiro (the Sakamotos) started “the Great Six-continent Adventure by the Sakamotos.”  We planned to travel by bicycle throughout the six continents in eight years during my children’s summer vacations.

During my former journey, in which I rode all over the world in four and a quarter years, I encountered, communicated with, and interacted with people in 43 countries.  In contrast, during the present adventure, my hope for us four has been to encounter and connect with people in families around the world.  Another hope has been to widen many experiences with a lot of excitement.  Still another hope has been, through these whole adventures, to closely observe how the children cultivate their communication skills, adapt themselves into the environments, get interested in things, and grow up.  Moreover, I hope to pay intense attention to how parents educate their children and how the local communities get connected to them in the “real” world.  After we get back to Japan, we are willing to share these experiences and knowledge with a lot of people with or without children.

We have already finished the first stage in New Zealand, the second stage in Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland, and the third stage in Canada and Alaska in three months for each.  In each stage, we safely completed the rides for 800 or 900 kilometers blessed with a lot of warm supports from people.  In the fourth stage, which was the first one for our second son, Kojiro, to ride on his own.  We rode in four countries: Nepal, one of the developing countries; Bhutan with a lot of mountainous routes; Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam, which have scorching climates.  Under these harsh and challenging circumstances, the total mileage remained less than 400 kilometers.  After that, we had originally planned to go to Turkey and Georgia as the fifth stage, but we changed our plan to go to Hokkaido, Japan.  That was because just before we left for the adventure, we found that we were expecting our third son.  In Hokkaido, we rode for about 500 kilometers in two months.  This year, in the sixth stage, Covid-19 forced us to regrettably give up going abroad and call off our adventure.  However, as we were dying for bike rides, we tried riding around Fuji Five Lakes as an extra edition of the sixth stage.

Though our initial plan was to complete our whole adventure in eight years, fortunately our children are willing to continue the adventure for more years.  Being grateful for your tremendous support over the years, we, as one team, will keep going on our adventures that make connections with many families all over the world and experience various cultures in each continent.  We have always been very much appreciated for your warm and everlasting kindness.

 

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