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Mario at Yamanote Line

Por kirai el 24 de August de 2014 en Trains,Videogames

The other day I had to use the Yamanote line and found a little nice surprise. The whole line has been decorated with Mario themes as part of a campaign to promote the collaboration between Nintendo and Suica by JR. Nintendo eShop users can now use the e-money of their Suicas on the Wii U […]

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Odakyu Doraemon

Por kirai el 17 de June de 2013 en Anime,Trains

Some of the trains in Tokyo that belong to the private company Odakyu have recently been decorated with Doraemon characters. The Odakyu line is one of the best options if you want to visit the Hakone area. Related posts: Doraemon inventions that have become a reality Doraemon’s real home Japanese sleeping with Doraemon Toyota Commercials […]

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Daily Yamanote Moment

Por kirai el 13 de July de 2011 en Trains

Ikusuki’s scooter and my bicycle broke down, better said, we broke them down; so we had to go to work every day by train for a while. We both used the Yamanote line, which every morning is so packed that it makes you feel like you are inside a sardine can. Ikusuki started to take […]

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Kyushu Shinkansen

Por kirai el 15 de May de 2011 en Trains

On March 12th, the day after the terrible earthquake hit Japan, the Shinkansen line in Kyushu whose construction was started in 2008 started to operate. It was one of the Shinkansen lines yet to be inaugurated to “complete” the Japanese bullet train network, which has been under development since 1964 when the first high speed […]

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Tokyo’s rail network grows like slime mold

Por kirai el 08 de March de 2010 en Trains

This Science magazine article explains us a very interesting new discovery by a team of researchers at Hokkaido University. The researchers put some oat flakes as if they were places in the Tokyo metropolitan area where most of the people are accumulated. Then they put a slime mold cell in the middle of the oat […]

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800 hours training to become a train driver

Por kirai el 02 de March de 2010 en Trains

Japanese trains are the most punctual in the world and they are also the most safe. One of the reasons why they are so punctual is that the same systematic protocols are accurately performed each time a train arrives to a station. Train drivers are trained to be able to stop a train within error […]

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2 minutes in the train

Por kirai el 18 de November de 2009 en Trains

The two girls in the left are chatting, the foreigner in the center talks on the phone (Don’t do it! It is considered bad manners), the girl next to him thinks and the girls in the background plays with her Nintendo DS The girl with the yellow purse sends an e-mail with her cellphone, the […]

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Books and magazines about trains

Por kirai el 22 de September de 2009 en Trains

One of the first things in Japan that caught my attention were trains and also the amount of train geeks around here. A general passion for trains exists in Japan. Train geeks collect books about trains, they travel just to have the opportunity to “try a new train” or to visit a particular train station, […]

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