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Video Diary: Lunching on the Shinkansen

Some people may not not know that while eating on the public train system in Japan isn’t the in thing, it’s completely accepted on the shinkansen or bullet train service. Even better, on the train platforms that service the shinkansen are kiosks that sell meals designed for the shinkansen. What this means is that they’re small yet packed full of flavour and yummy goodness!

To get a better idea of what I mean, here’s a video I shot a couple of years ago on the shinkansen showing what my wife and I would be eating on the way to Kyoto.

Suntory Beer X Shinkansen Collaboration

Yep, time for another Japan collaboration. This time, it’s between alcohol manufacturer Suntory and the high speed rail train, the shinkansen. The collaboration will see twelve special edition cans adorned with artwork featuring different shinkansen with some iconic Japanese landscapes and scenery.

Let’s see a breakdown of the cans below:

L-R: The Hokkaido Shinkansen (“Hayabusa” H5 Series) is accompanied by a night view of Hakodate, one of Japan’s three great night views; the Akita Shinkansen (“Komachi” E6 Series) features Japan’s deepest lake, Lake Tazawa; the Yamagata Shinkansen (“Tsubasa E3 Series) shows off the stunning Ginzan Onsen town; and the Jōetsu Shinkansen (“Max” E4 Series) runs past Mount Hakkai, one of the three great mountains of Echigo, which is the old name for the area of Niigata Prefecture.
L-R: The Hokkaido Shinkansen (“Hayabusa” H5 Series) is accompanied by a night view of Hakodate, one of Japan’s three great night views; the Akita Shinkansen (“Komachi” E6 Series) features Japan’s deepest lake, Lake Tazawa; the Yamagata Shinkansen (“Tsubasa E3 Series) shows off the stunning Ginzan Onsen town; and the Jōetsu Shinkansen (“Max” E4 Series) runs past Mount Hakkai, one of the three great mountains of Echigo, which is the old name for the area of Niigata Prefecture.
L-R: The Hokuriku Shinkansen (“Asama” E2 Series) shows the scenery around Asamayama in Nagano Prefecture; the Hokuriku Shinkansen (“Kagayaki” E7 Series) displays the beauty of Kenroku-en in Ishikawa Prefecture, one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan; the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (“Nozomi”/”Hikari”/”Kodama” N700 A Series) runs by world-famous Mount Fuji; and the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (“Nozomi”/”Hikari”/”Kodama” 700 Series) shows Yasaka Pagoda, the last remaining building from Hokanji Temple, and one of the most impressive landmarks in Kyoto’s Higashiyama District.
L-R: The Hokuriku Shinkansen (“Asama” E2 Series) shows the scenery around Asamayama in Nagano Prefecture; the Hokuriku Shinkansen (“Kagayaki” E7 Series) displays the beauty of Kenroku-en in Ishikawa Prefecture, one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan; the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (“Nozomi”/”Hikari”/”Kodama” N700 A Series) runs by world-famous Mount Fuji; and the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen (“Nozomi”/”Hikari”/”Kodama” 700 Series) shows Yasaka Pagoda, the last remaining building from Hokanji Temple, and one of the most impressive landmarks in Kyoto’s Higashiyama District.
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L-R: The Sanyō Shinkansen (“Hikari Rail Star” 700 Series) is pictured alongside the country’s most spectacular castle, Himeji Castle; the Sanyō Shinkansen (“Kodama” 500 Series) is shown with the famous red torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine; the Sanyō-Kyushu Shinkansen (“Mizuho”/”Sakura” Series N700); and the Kyushu Shinkansen (“Tsubame” Shin-800 Series) can be seen with Nabegataki Falls in the background.
The cans will be of the 350ml variety and will be sold from the 19th of July 2016 in 12 packs so that way you’re ensured of collecting all twelve if that’s your shtick. If you’re looking to import them, you’re in luck as Rakuten will be handling online orders. The cost will be ¥2,892 plus shipping.

Source: Rocket News

Evangelion Shinkansen Receives Loads Of Goodies

There was a recent crossover collaboration in Japan between highly acclaimed cult classic anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion and, of all things, the Shinkansen service. It gets better with the reveal that travellers on the Evangelion service will also be able to purchase some very cool crossover goodies. Details below!

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Want To Rent A Bullet Train For A Whole Day?

Yep, you read that right. Thanks to JR Kita Kyushuu who are now holding a contest in Japan where the lucky winner will be able to ‘rent’ a shinkansen for a whole day.

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The competition is called “DREAM Kyusyuu Shinkansen (DREAM Kyushuu Bullet Train)” and to enter, participants need to write down what their dream is if they had a bullet train for a day. The lucky winner will be able to invite 350 friends to go along for the ride as the train travels from Hakata to Central Kagoshima utilising JR Kyusyuu. The competition will also grant expenses up to $US5000 to help make the winner’s dream come true.

The Shinkansen waiting to be won!
The Shinkansen waiting to be won!

So far for some of the entries, there’s been “dream wedding on train”, “a long awaited family trip”, “turn the bullet train into a club”, “a dinner with a table as long as the length of the train”, “to have Real Escape Game on train” and “to operate Train Conductor Cafe“.

March 29 is the deadline for the end of this competition so if you’re living in Japan, have a go and good luck!