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Michio Kimura

Spent the afternoon with the fascinating Michio Kimura, who used to be the head engineer for Sekine Canada, as well as the assistant to the President of Sekine Canada.  He had some very interesting things to say about the original Mr. Sekine, from Arakawa, Japan.

He was a very humble man, and it was said of him that “The lower he bowed, the more money he made.”  He was a very detail and quality-focused businessman, and would regularly send raw materials back to suppliers if it didn’t meet his approval.  Arakawa was a very working class, industrial neighbourhood, and the original Sekine’s were made so that Japanese without cars, could still get to and from work quickly, and transport what they needed easily.  Mr. Kimura said that the early Sekine’s often had very large baskets or bins attached.

a documentary about Sekine

This doc has been on my radar since a friend of my in-laws saw my Sekine, and said “You know those were made in Manitoba, don’t you?”  And no, I didn’t.  That was two years ago.  Since that time, I’ve been researching what brought Sekine, a Japanese company, to Canada to manufacture and assemble bicycles.  This process has led me to an abandoned Air Force Base near Rivers, Manitoba, Canada, and a massive hangar that used to be the home of Sekine Canada.  This site will include updates on the documentary production process, as well as a compilation of interesting facts, photos and documents related to Sekine’s time here on the Canadian Prairies.