Since the 17th century, long before pizza delivery and food trucks existed, deliverymen in Japan use a special technique called Demae for stacking piles of food on their shoulders as they bike to their customers. One popular food is Japanese Soba. It’s a type of thin Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour, which is affordable and can be carried around by bike without losing flavor.
As these beautiful vintage photos from the 1950s show the Soba Delivery Bikes in Japan. The technique requires from the damae mochi (delivery guy) a tremendous amount of precision and care. They can weave their way through crowded alleys and busy intersections without spilling their bowls. Many of the photos are from shops and restaurants that are still in business.