Big Mike the Dirt editor has gone on a cultural fact finding tour of Japan. He wants to know whether their rice wine really is stronger than our local zider and if those long pointy swords can slice through a mellon.

He should be there about now so stay tuned for his updates. (If he actually does any, I get the feeling that he's just going to kick back relax eat sushi and watch martial art films)

Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

He'll probably be watching random stuff like this

Oh and listening to his favourites

Chris Akrigg, this months cover rider, on a recent trip to Japan