Claire Press – Music Documentarian Cyclist

Posted on Apr 27, 2014
Posted on Apr 27, 2014
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Claire's journey is "a journey to meet, record and explore music across the globe whilst travelling by bicycle. I will seek out and interview street musicians and buskers, local independent artists, labels, club nights and radio stations, all in order to listen and learn what music means to different people around the world" (Claire's Website).

Last updated Oct 13, 2018

If you know of any musicians in Hokkaido, let Claire know via her website.

Claire Press in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Haidee and I had the pleasure of meeting Claire Press today in Sapporo. Claire is a British cycle-tourist, currently on an open-ended plan-as-you-go cycle journey ( She started in Australia around 6 months ago, and most recently cycled through Indonesia.

She arrived in Japan a few weeks ago, and has traveled up to Hokkaido to explore this northern part of Japan before heading south. We met up with her for lunch, and then an excursion to the local outdoor shop (where Haidee and I were planning on going).

Claire Press in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Claire’s big purchase: an altimeter/barometer. “A completely non-essential luxury item,” she said. “But so motivating as you’re grinding away up a big pass.”

Claire Press in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

I certainly could not agree more (

Claire Press in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

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