Favourite Photos: 500 series Passing

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. As this is my 500th post, I thought it most appropriate to choose a favourite picture of the 500 series shinkansen. It may not be technically the best picture ever due to the level of…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Hakata-Minami

As I have posted about before, when it comes to photographing the shinkansen, I prefer not to take pictures at stations. There are times – particularly when you are travelling on a stopping-service – when it is convenient to do so, getting a shot of a passing train (pictures of stopped trains tend to be…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 500 Series Shinkansen

Next, at position number 3, in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the 500 series. As I mentioned before in relation to the 800 series, all of my top 4 appeared on the front cover of my book Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan (one from each of the 4 JR…

Designs That Defined Modern Japan: Hello Kitty

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended an excellent webinar on the topic ‘Designs That Defined Modern Japan’ by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and the audience were set the challenge of coming with their own list of 8 Designs That Defined Modern Japan. I have already done one post (these are not in any…

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…

Farewell to British Airways’ Queen of the Skies

On the morning of 8 October 2020, British Airways retired the last of its two Boeing 747 jumbo jets. Two of the “Queens of the Skies” took off from Heathrow, after a ceremony starting at 7:47, and made their way to their final destinations. I followed the second of the planes on Flightradar.com and also…

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: Tokuyama Station

I have previously written a post about taking photographs near Fukuyama and Tokuyama stations, but Tokuyama station itself is one of my favourite stations to get out and get some shinkansen photographs. The key thing about Tokuyama station from a photography point of view is that it is on a bend, allowing you to get…

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…