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Shinkansen (Bullet Train)

I have taken the Shinkansen many times. The following was written in July, 2015

I am currently on the Shinkansen, the bullet train, travelling from Tokyo to Osaka. The Japanese bullet trains are famous throughout the world, known for their speed and ability to run on time. Coming from Norway, where you expect the trains to be at least twenty minutes late, it was quite a shock to experience the Japanese train system, where a twenty second delay on average would be considered a scandal.

Shinkansen

The front of the train

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Trainspotting in Tokyo

I went trainspotting in Tokyo in March 2014.

I got off my train at Ueno Station, took the escalator down from the platform, headed for the main hall in search for an exit. I was on my way to meet some Japanese friends of mine.

I noticed the main hall was a lot more crowded than usual. There is always a lot of people in Tokyo, everywhere, all the time, but now there was even more people than usual in Ueno Station. There were even a few TV-crews there as well, and everybody was heading toward a specific platform.

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