A little while ago (2015) there was an Evangelion shinkansen doing the rounds in Japan but now we hear that there’s a train coming styled after the Evangelion Unit-01 unit.Continue reading Evangelion Train Coming To Japan
Time for a late Flashback Friday update! One part I was always worried about before our first visit to Japan was navigating the public transport system. It does help that there’s a lot of English to help the tourists but just in case you still think it can’t be that easy, here’s a little video diary update that was filmed a few years ago.
Train company JR East have just revealed the latest themed train that’ll be seen cruising around Japan soon. It’ll be travelling around the Touhoku region and known as the “Pokemon with You Train”.
Not content with having a super kawaii train speeding across the countryside, have a look at what the inside looks like!
This new train will hit the track from July 15, 2017 and will be used mainly on the weekends when parents have their kids with them. It will traverse along the Ofunato line through to Ichinoseki Station and Kesennuma Station before making the return trip. Some of the stations along the route will also be Pokemon themed too!
The train system is highly efficient in Japan but it can be confusing and daunting at times especially when you look at a transit map. You’re not alone there though, even the locals sometimes struggle with knowing exactly how much a fare will cost at their destination. Every station has these handy Fare Adjustment machines where you insert your ticket at your destination and it tells you if you’re short on the fare and need to insert more coins to complete your trip. The machine then issues a new ticket with the correct fare and you can exit through the turnstiles. Very handy, right?
Here’s a video of me illustrating how to use the machines and what you need to look out for.
Here’s the first of a few video diaries that I’ve put together from the trips we’ve taken to Japan over the years. This video diary entry shows how easy it is to buy a train ticket to get practically anywhere you want in Japan. We also use Hyperdia for planning trips on the very extensive Japanese rail system. I hope between the video and the Hyperdia site that you’re able to navigate your way around Japan.
From the land that brought you the black squid ink burger comes something just as cool and different. Spotted on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line recently was a cat minding his own business and travelling on the trains like an ordinary commuter.
Here are some quotes from passengers who have been travelling with this feline.
“Looks like this cat is on his way home after a day of hanging out in ikebukuro.”
どうやら池袋で遊んだ帰り路の ネコらしいよ https://t.co/sgv8bvYzeZ
【BENちゃん®】 (@manpukuoya) January 17, 2016
Sometimes on occasion, he’ll even have a travelling companion with him…everyone needs a friend at times.
But the best part is when the carriage is relatively empty and he can really kick back and relax!
But he always pays his own way!
Keeping it kawaii, Japan.
Source: Rocket News
Japan taking their love of all things mech to the next level have produced something pretty cool. We’ve seen the massive 1:1 ratio scale model of the Gundam in Odaiba but now there’s something new to ooh and ahh over.
Ready for it? A Gundam train. Nankai Electric Railways connecting the largest city in central Japan, Osaka with the Kansai Airport have commemorated the mobility this service provides by joining forces with Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. The new train draws inspiration from the villain, Full Frontal, being that villains consistently outrank the good guys in terms of popularity.
Taking the existing Nankai Tokyu Rapi:t express train and rebranding it as the (deep breath), Mobile Suit Gundam UC Tokyu Rapi:t Return of the Red Comet Tokyu Rapi:t Neo Zeon.
The new train will be rolled out from April 26 and will connect people to and from Namba Station, found in downtown Osaka on the Nankai Main line all the way to the Kansai Airport Station, on the Airport Line.
You can’t take the seats home unfortunately but there are these limited edition tickets for the first 5000 people which carry the Rapi:t tickets featuring the Neo Zeon crest plus the cast and mecha of Gundam Unicorn. The train will run until June 30 so make sure you don’t miss out!
Currently, the public transport in Japan while fantastic and on time so much so that you can set your watch to it, doesn’t run late at night so it’s often that salarymen will be forced to use a taxi to get home. Problem is the taxi companies know this so they tend to hike up their prices late at night to compensate for this.
This could be changing soon as Governor Naoki Inose from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government went on record saying he intends to extend some of the TOEI bus routes to a 24 hour timetable. One of the routes he particularly mentioned was the Shibuya to Roppongi route as a possible test, to start as soon as Christmas this year. With the subway trains though, he did express that this might be more difficult, but he did say, “We will extend hours of operation to the extent allowable. For buses though, it should be possible.”
Some of the public seem to be for it while others are against the notion of 24/7 public transport. Some people were saying, “I would prefer 24-hour buses to trains, then I will be able to get home from anywhere!” or the other argument was “Taxi drivers will be in tears” to “This will cause inevitable damage to Tokyo’s taxi industry.” Some others were more vocal adding, “Do not do it! It will mean more overtime”.
Seems to be a touchy subject, we’ll let you know of any updates to this.