Nostalgia and Movies: Robocop

Over the last week or so I have been re-watching Robocop (directed by Paul Verhoeven, 1987) – it took me a while as I just watch 15 to 20 minutes at a time as I have my lunch. One of the things I was thinking about as I watched the film is what constitutes a…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 300 Series Shinkansen

The next in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the 300 series, the first non-JR East shinkansen in the (reverse-order) list. It some ways it’s a shame that the 300 series doesn’t make the top 10 since it was, at least on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen, one of the most distinctive and different…

Favourite Places in Japan: Sekigahara

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m going to write a bit about another – Sekigahara (関ケ原). Although I have never stayed there, and more often not I just pass through, I have always liked the look of the area and like its special place in Japanese history and culture. The…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Shin-Kobe Station

Generally I prefer not to photograph shinkansen at a station, but there are times when it is the most practical thing to do. I’ve already done some posts about some stations such as Atami , Mishima, Maibara, Takasaki, and Tokuyama. This time I will cover Shin-Kobe. The main feature, in terms of photography, is that…

One of my favourite shinkansen trips

I cannot even begin to guess how many shinkansen trips I have been on over the past 31 years. The vast majority of these I have no memory of at all. Some, such as when I travelled in the cab with the driver for my research about the shinkansen, were very memorable. But amongst all…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Mishima Station

Having mentioned how you can photograph the shinkansen at Atami in a recent post, this post covers the next station west along the Tokaido Shinkansen, Mishima. There are two key things about Mishima station from a photography point of view. First, is that it is the only shinkansen station with an island platform with the…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Near Odawara

Although the Tokaido Shinkansen doesn’t offer the interesting variety of trains that can be found north of Tokyo, it does have some great backdrops and thanks to the very frequent service, it lends itself to photography. In this post I will feature a couple of locations close to Odawara. Both of the locations are easiest…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Maibara

During media interviews a couple of times I have asked where my favourite place is on the shinkansen network. The answer is Maibara (米原). Thanks to there being a bend just before the station (if approaching from Tokyo/Nagoya) and also a slope down into the station, it’s one of the few sections of the shinkansen…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Fuji

The view of the shinkansen passing Mount Fuji is probably the most well known and well used image of the shinkansen. This article will explain where to go to get that shot… what it cannot do it help you with the weather. Winter is a better bet than summer – but Mount Fuji tends to…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Okayama

So far this series of articles has concentrated on photo locations which are easily accessible by public transport and by foot. While the locations in this article can be done by using buses or local trains, I would not recommend it. Instead, hire a car. This is not difficult and, assuming the car has –…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Lake Hamana

Although the Tōkaidō Shinkansen may not offer the variety of rolling stock that is found on the Sanyō Shinkansen or on the JR East lines, it does have good vantage points from which to take pictures. This article covers 7 different shots that can easily be covered in a half day. Note that there is…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Kakegawa

During the course of my research about the shinkansen I have had the opportunity to take photographs from a number of locations. In the first of a series of articles, I will look at how to get to good locations to take photographs of the shinkansen – whether they be popular locations, such as the…