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Elevator Manners

It is always good to see workers of large corporations taking the initiative themselves. It looks like at Shibuya station, they decided there was a need for a sign in the elevator and they had to make one themselves. Although it…

E5 Shinkansen + Quiz answers

The first media test run of the new E5 Shinkansen was on the 17th June, 2009. The Sankei Newspaper had some good photos you can see. Click on the arrow buttons to see the rest of the photos on their site. The E5 Series Shinkansen…

Ikoma Cable Car

Only a few years after trains first starting running in Japan back in the late 1800's, and when it still took about 12 hours to travel from Tokyo to Osaka, the Ikoma Cable Railway was established in 1918 in the Kansai area. It is the…

Yamanote Train Green Tea

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…

Japan Railways

While out the other day at Ikspiari, Maihama, next to DisneyLand, I found a store that specialized in model railway parts, bus models and generally all types of accessories connected with JR Railways. Amongst the items I…

Station Concert

Passing through Shinkiba station (新木場) I saw this classical music concert inside the station building. What a great idea. If you cant get the people to come to the music, bring the music to where the people are. I recorded a…

Neighborhood Street Signs

Continuing the "Street Walk" series following the building construction photos, I photographed a number of street signs that are quite common in Tokyo. They have a uniquely Japanese feeling to them. When you walk past them everyday they…

4 Japan Mini-Tours (Part II)

I posted recently on some mini-tours that were available in Japan including Gunkanjima and the Morioka Silk factory. To follow up on that I am going to have a look at 4 other mini tours available as highlighted by Trendy Magazine in their…

Gunkanjima mini-tour

Once a thriving coal mine, more recently a derelict deserted mass of buildings on an island off Nagasaki, Hashima Island, also known as Gunkanjima (Warship Island) is set to become a tourist attraction in Japan. The island has been…

First Class Capsule Hotel

Many people who have been to Japan have heard about the capsule hotels where you have barely enough room to crawl into your space for a nights rest. The capsule hotel became popular during the bubble years when land was at a premium and…

Sendai Trip, Matsushima

I took a trip to Sendai last week and visited Matsushima which is said to be one of Japan's three great views along with Miyajima and Amanohashidate. Matsushima is a group of over 200 small, pine tree islands which provide an interesting…

The Train to Odaiba

The train to Odaiba, otherwise known as the Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit, TWR or 東京臨海高速鉄道 runs its basic route from Osaki on the Yamaonote line to Shin-Kiba connecting with the Yuraku-cho Line and the JR Keiyo Line. It is a quick…

No more Smoking at stations

It's April 1st tomorrow, the start of the new financial year, and JR East are putting into practice their new policy of no smoking at stations in central Tokyo. These posters were up for a while a few weeks ago, but have now disappeared. I…

JR keyrings

Found these great JR keyring chains with the station names on. The design is the same as the real display sign at the station. The product has been around for while and is officially licensed from the railway company and is designated…

Shibuya Koen-dori Walk

I took a walk up koen-dori today and took these pictures while I was out. Walking further up Koen-dori I went past the usual suspects of stores: and then had a look back down the street from half-way: took in some…