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…

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…

Remembering the Great Hanshin Earthquake

Today (17 January) is the anniversary of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake – also known as the Hanshin Awaji Daishinsai (Great Earthquake) or Kobe earthquake (阪神・淡路大震災). On that day I was in Sheffield, in the first year of doing my PhD – but it could have been very different. A little over 24 months earlier,…

Favourite Places in Japan: Kagoshima

Continuing with my posts about my favourite places in Japan, I’m writing about Kagoshima (鹿児島). I have been to Kagoshima many times, having first gone there in 1992 when I travelled around much of Japan (including all of the four main islands) on JR Passes. When I first went I didn’t like Kagoshima much, but…

Favourite Photos: Jonanjima from the air

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 2015 – or, to be more precise, on my way back from that trip as it was taken from plane seat soon after it left…

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…

Travelling on Dr Yellow

I have done a couple of posts relating to the lucky photographs I managed to get of Dr Yellow and East-i – the special maintenance shinkansen that travel at normal shinkansen speeds checking the infrastructure for any problems. In this post I thought I would write a bit more about my experiences of travelling on…

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: Index

Over the last few weeks I have been doing posts about each of the main shinkansen in a series called ‘my favourite shinkansen‘. To help index these posts – although you can use the tag also, this post provides the list of shinkansen covered. They are listed in numeric/alphabetical order. You will need to go…

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…