Favourite Photos: Snowy Yuzawa

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken during a trip to Japan in 2013 in Yuzawa. I picked this photo today since Japan has been having some heavy snow again in recent days – but the picture below…

Lucky Photography: East-i

I’ve done a few posts where I have referred to ‘lucky photography‘ and I have also done a series of posts about my favourite shinkansen. As with a post about ‘Dr Yellow‘, this post effectively brings the two series of posts together. However, while Dr Yellow is based on a 700-series shinkansen, which finished top…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The E4 Series Shinkansen

I am now down to the final two, the 700 series and E4 series, in my list of my favourite shinkansen. As today (14 October) is 鉄道の日 (Tetsudo-no-hi) ‘Railway Day’ in Japan, marking the anniversary of the opening of the first railway, it seems appropriate to bring this series of posts to an end by…

Interview for the Compounding Curiosity Podcast

As I have referred to in a few posts recently (My Favourite Shinkansen: The E3-Series Shinkansen, My Favourite Shinkansen: The 200-Series Shinkansen, Designs That Defined Modern Japan: Shinkansen, Concorde – Too Perfect?, and My Favourite Shinkansen: The 0 Series Shinkansen), I was recently interviewed for the Compounding Curiosity podcast. This podcast has now been published…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The E1 Series Shinkansen

Working on the basis that I will treat all of the various N700 series shinkansen (N700, N700A, N700S) as one type and won’t include the experimental shinkansen, we are now into the Top 10 in my series about my favourite shinkansen. The ones that missed out on the Top 10 were the 300, E2, E6,…

Favourite Places in Japan: Naka-Itabashi

I believe that this is my 400th blog post. Given that I have been writing about my favourite shinkansen recently, it would have been appropriate to write about the 400 series – but I’m trying to do those posts in order and I wasn’t ready to get to that shinkansen yet. Perhaps I could even…

Remembering 9/11

Today (11 September 2021) is the twentieth anniversary of the ‘9/11’ attacks. As with another recent post (All Accidents are Human Error), I have been inspired to write this post thanks to listening to the Take To The Sky Podcast. They have done a couple of podcasts recently in relation to 9/11 (on top of…

Book Review: “The White Road” by Sarah Lotz

Having read The Three and Day Four, I was looking forward to reading another book by Sarah Lotz. I wasn’t disappointed. There is so much that I enjoyed about this book. Yet again, like The Three in particular, Lotz is happy to challenge how a book is presented and what can be achieved. In this…

Book Review: “Bullet Train” by Kotaro Isaka

Having been conducting research about the shinkansen (‘bullet train’) for over 20 years, when I learnt of the book Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka, I knew that I had to get a copy. Up until some years ago, I would probably have been more aware of the Japanese version being released and I may have…