Photographing the Shinkansen: Higashi-Hiroshima

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…

N700 Shinkansen Model – Owning a part of an actual shinkansen

Through the nature of my work, I have been involved in a variety of media and translation projects over the years. One that I did recently was for the company Icarus which makes models and other products out of the actual thing that they are modelling. You can find out more information about the company…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The N700 Series Shinkansen

Next, at position number 6, in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the N700 series. Now that we’re getting down to the last few, it’s getting harder to rank them. Well, that’s not totally accurate. I know my top 3 and the order that they will appear in. But the gap between 4, 5,…

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…

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…