Designs That Defined Modern Japan: Shinkansen

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. This post covers the first of my choices. It should come…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Shizuoka Station

This is the next in a series of posts that I have done about photographing the shinkansen. You can find a full list of places where I have taken such photographs on a page about photographs in my research and this already includes a number along the Tokaido Shinkansen (Atami, Fuji, Gifu-Hashima, Hamamatsu, Kakegawa, Lake…

Photographing the Shinkansen: Hamamatsu Station

Today a story appeared in the media about a shinkansen driver having left the cab while he went to the toilet, leaving a conductor (who was not trained to drive the shinkansen) in the cab. As well as being covered by the Japanese media, it was also written about in The Guardian. Unfortunately, the image…

コンテンツツーリズム・イン・プレインサイト-聖地として航空機

「コンテンツツーリズム メディアを横断するコンテンツと越境するファンダム」にある「 コンテンツツーリズム・イン・プレインサイト-聖地として航空機」のタイトルがある章が出版されました。(My chapter ‘Kontentsu Tsuurizumu In Purein Saito – Seichi Toshite Koukuuki‘ has been published in the book Kontentsu Tsuurizumu – Media-o Oudan Suru Kontentsu to Ekkyou suru Fandamu edited by Takayoshi Yamamura and Philip Seaton has been published.) コンテンツツーリズムは、第一義的に、ポピュラーカルチャーのファンが、相当ポピュラーカルチャーの特定の要素と結びついた場所に旅する行為を指す。これは、シートンら(Seaton et al. 2017: 3)によって示されたコンテンツツーリズムの定義の核となる部分である。本書ではこの定義がアップデートされてはいるが、本書に含まれる章の大部分はこれまでの考え方同様、目的地における活動に焦点を当てている(なお、ビートンによる13章は目的地における活動以外の可能性を指摘する、数少ない章の一つである)。本章の狙いは、コンテンツツーリズムにおける「目的地」についての考え方が、過度に限定的にならないようにすることにある。さらに本章では、消費者、ファン、ツーリスト、そして―少なくとも表面的には、コンテンツツーリズム活動から利益を得ようとしているように見える―事業者、商業活動、といった本体・要素間の線引き(区分)についても問題提起を行なう。具体的には、本章では航空機との関連でコンテンツツーリズムを検討してい論じみたい。  原文タイトルはContents Tourism in Plane Sight. “In plain sight”は英語で「わかりやすく、よく見える状態で」といった意味。これと本章で扱う対象の”Plane”(航空機)、”Plane sight” 「航空機を見ること、航空機の見所・名所」をかけた洒落になっている。…

Photographing the Shinkansen: In and Around Morioka

While it is often easier to photograph shinkansen along the Tokaido Shinkansen due to the high frequency of trains or due to some of the backdrops (e.g. Fuji, the tea fields around Kakegawa or Lake Hamana), sometimes it’s good to get out to somewhere different. This post features some of the photographs I have taken…

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…

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: 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: 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…

Contents Tourism – Himeji

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I am doing my third and final one (probably) related to You Only Live Twice (007は二度死ぬ). When thinking of Himeji and its castle, I suspect most people don’t immediately think…