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…

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…

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: 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…

鉄道の日 (Tetsudo-no-hi) Railway Day

14 October is 鉄道の日 (Tetsudo-no-hi) ‘Railway Day’ in Japan, marking the anniversary of the opening of the first railway. That first line ran from Shimbashi to Yokohama. The original Shimbashi was eventually abandoned, with a new station being built. The foundations of the original station were discovered when land was being excavated as part of…

Anniversary of the Opening of the Shinkansen

1 October marks the anniversary of the opening of the first shinkansen (‘bullet train’) line, the Tokaido Shinkansen. The line opened in 1964, just a few days before the Tokyo ‘summer’ Olympics (which were held in October to avoid the heat of a Japanese summer). Since then the network has expanded across the country, and…

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…