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…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 700 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…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 500 Series Shinkansen

Next, at position number 3, in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the 500 series. As I mentioned before in relation to the 800 series, all of my top 4 appeared on the front cover of my book Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan (one from each of the 4 JR…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 800 Series Shinkansen

Next, at position number 4, in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the 800 series. As I mentioned before, it was particularly hard to order the N700, E7/W7, and 800 series, but, at least for now, the 800 got the higher position. I featured some photographs of the 800 series in my book Shinkansen:…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The E7/W7 Series Shinkansen

Next, at position number 5, in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the E7/W7 series. Introduced to coincide with the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen beyond Nagano (for many years the line had been known popularly as the Nagano Shinkansen), the E7/W7 designation points to the fact that both JR East and JR West…

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,…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 100 Series Shinkansen

Next, at position number 7, in my series about my favourite shinkansen is the 100 series. I am slightly surprised that it didn’t come higher in the list. I featured some photographs of the 100 series in my book Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan… Here are some additional photographs of the…

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 0 Series Shinkansen

We are now into the Top 10 in my series about my favourite shinkansen and at position 8 is the original 0 series (it actually had no number when first introduced, but became the 0 series when the 100 series was introduced). I featured some photographs of the 0 series in my book Shinkansen: From…

Concorde – Too Perfect?

I have been doing a number of posts recently about my favourite shinkansen and designs that defined modern Japan, and these, together with a podcast that I was interviewed on and which will soon be released, have inspired me to do a different, but connected, post. In this post I want to discuss Concorde. I…

My Favourite Shinkansen: The 400 Series Shinkansen

We are now into the Top 10 in my series about my favourite shinkansen and at position 9 is the 400 series. I featured some photographs of the 400 series in my book Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan… Here are some additional photographs of the 400 series I took. By the…

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…