This review is from: Kino's Journey - The Complete Collection  [DVD] (DVD)
Kino is a young woman who spends her life travelling from country to county on her sentient talking motorcycle (yes, really!) Following the strict principle of spending no longer than three days in any one place, each episode (more or less) is a self contained story of her observations of various lands ranging from the downright bizarre to the downright disturbing.
A particular interesting episode explains her own back story, how she met Hermes (the aforementioned talking motorbike) and who that man briefly shown in the opening is, a surprising twist here! As with Mushi Shi, a story is simply told, not necessarily resulting in a resolution or if so, a happy one. She is merely there to observe other cultures, not participate or change them though she can't help but do so sometimes. Don't let this put you off, the stories are sublimely told and will make you want to keep watching the next one.
A special mention should go opening theme which I just adore and which you can check out on You Tube (as well as downloading the song from I-Tunes).