You don’t normally associate the Yamanote train line with green tea, but from April 20th, this year, Mokku company have been selling their unique product of bottled Green Tea in the shape of a train. There are versions for both the Yamanote line and Keihin-Tohoku line.
Since we are talking about the Yamanote line I thought you might be interested in some great facts about this main line train loop around Tokyo.
There are a total of 29 stations on the Yamanote Line that runs 34.5 kilometers around Tokyo. The line is so important in keeping the human resources of the city moving, that real estate prices can vary dramatically for properties in or outside the loop.
From wikipedia discussing the Yamanote line:
The Yamanote Line originated in 1885 with the construction of the Shinagawa line between Shinagawa and Akabane, bypassing the then built up areas and providing the first north-south rail link through Tokyo. The top part of the loop between Ikebukuro and Tabata was completed in 1903 (known as the Toshima line, 豊島線) and in 1909 following electrification both lines were merged to become the Yamanote Line.
For those that have lived in Tokyo for some time and know the Yamanote line well, you might want to try the following quiz?
- Which 2 stations on the Yamanote-line do not connect with any other line?
- What do the numbers on the top left side of the front of the train mean?
- What station was formally known as Karasumori station? The only station on the line to be renamed
- Based on the 2007 figures, what are the top 4 busiest stations for passenger usage? Can you name them in order, busiest first?
A. Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Tokyo
- How many minutes does is the fastest time a train can take to complete one loop?
- If you lined up all the E231 trains that are used on the Yamanote line (in 2007 figures) from Tokyo station going clockwise (soto-mawari), which station would they stretch to?
- Which is the oldest station on the Yamanote line?
Please put your answers in the comments. Don’t assume the person above you has the right answers. I will post the correct answers next week.
Here is a short video I tried out with my Canon Powershot G10 camera. The video capabilities seem a bit limited with this camera as you can only take 640×480 resolution. All the latest cameras seem to have High Definition recording capabilities which I would like to take a closer look at.
What video cameras are you all using these days?
Update: I have now posted the answers to this quiz.