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Shinkansen Tracks, Sonoda

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 6 July 2008 in Cityscape & Urban.

Passing under the shinkansen (bullet train) tracks on my way home.

I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!

Observing from Local, United Kingdom

Another interesting shot giving a glimpse of the city, I like seeing other parts of the world. Great BW Daryl.

6 Jul 2008 11:08am

@Observing: Thanks Mike!

Richard_Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

The wires and overall jumble of structures in the shot creates a really interesting composition and the contrasty b&w creates a far more interesting and darker mood than the kind of brochure image idea I have of Japan.

6 Jul 2008 12:08pm

@Richard_Irwin: Thanks Richard. This is a very typical scene... many overseas visitors really are surprised at what the Japanese landscape looks like. You really appreciate how rural and green England is in comparison after a few years!.

kiji from France

Typical urban scene! I love it
I can feel the summer sun warming by back ;)

6 Jul 2008 1:08pm

@kiji: Oh! Thanks kiji!

standley from brou-sur-chantereine, France

Great urban shot. Thanks for sharing your views on your town!

6 Jul 2008 6:35pm

@standley: Thank you standley!

danthro from Suburbia, United States

neat. this is kind of a random question, but do bullet trains make much more noise and shake everything around them in comparison to regular old-fashioned-type trains?

7 Jul 2008 1:11am

@danthro: Its a much lower, deeper noise and vibration, not rattling around like a train; I want to call it 'subsonic' but I have no scientific knowledge to back that description up (just a lifetime of sci-fi shows...).

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I'm reminded of Murakami's description of trains in Japan --in his book"Underground."

7 Jul 2008 1:41pm

@Twelvebit: I have read some of his books but not that one - what did he say?

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

He was writing about the Sarin gas attack on the subway some years ago, but I found the cultural differences and attitudes very interesting. I can't even imagine, say, a New York Transportation Authority employee, doing some of the things the train company employees did in Tokyo. I don't mean bad things --but sort of innocent things done without thinking about the personal risks.

7 Jul 2008 8:29pm

@Twelvebit: I have heard of that book, I should check it out...