Right up there with airline tickets and a Japan visa, buying a Japan Rail Pass was a very important item for my trip to Japan to even be possible. I spent many hours figuring out how the pass works how to get it and calculated the benefits. I spent about 60,000 yen on my 21 day … Continue reading Japan Snippet – Japan Rail Pass
Practical Japanese is a new series I am starting where from time to time I will publish a photo and/or video displaying Japanese characters whether Kanji, Katakana, Hiranga or a combination of them. I hope that seeing Japanese being used is a practical everyday sense will help expand the vocabulary of fellow Japanese learners so … Continue reading Practical Japanese: Shinkansen Automatic Ticket Machine
Train enthusiasts in Japan are ecstatic as East Japan Railway Company (JR East) official debuted the E5 Series Shinkansen or "Hayabusa" today which will be operating on the TÅhoku Shinkansen Line from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori with major stations like Sendai and Morioka. Hayabusa is Japanese for Peregrine Falcon, a bird that can be found in temperate … Continue reading E5 Series Shinkansen makes Official debut
Aomori Prefecture is at the northern tip of HonshÅ«, Japan's main island and is now home to two brand new train stations and fully connected to the country's high speed rail network. The Tohoku Shinkansen Line has expanded to Shin-Aomori Station which now connects it to Japan's capital Tokyo along 713.7-kilometers of track. The trip from … Continue reading Tohoku Shinkansen Links Tokyo with Aomori
I saw something recently that made me realize realize something very very important - I love Japanese trains more than Star Wars O.o! I experienced a geekgasm when I saw the Star Wars chopsticks a while back but the new Shinkansen ones have the aspiring densha otaku (Japanese train enthusiast) in me doing geektastic back-flips. … Continue reading Shinkansen Chopsticks FTW!
The BBC's website has been a very important resource for me over the years for not only news related to Japan but through some interesting features, photo galleries and more recently videos I have been exposed to many things I couldn't read in a book and can only get better by experiencing them in person. … Continue reading Japan’s Shinkansen – The Bullet Train