Recovering fallen objects from train tracks

I’ve always loved the silhouettes in this sign that can be seen in some train stations here in Tokyo. It is a train station employee using a long stick to help a girl recover her hat from the train track.

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This is a video in which I capture the full process of fallen object recovery.

How about just using a pokéball? 😉

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Bullet train arrives to Hokkaido

Japan Railways just announced that the connexion using the Seikan tunnel (53km long under the sea) with shinkansen bullet trains between Shin-Hakodate and Shin-Aomori will start operating next March. This will be the first time that the famous shinkansen bullet trains operates in the northern Japanese island. When the the rest of the currently under-construction sections are finished it will be posible to travel from Sapporo until Tokio in four hours by train. It will also be posible to move from Sapporo until Kagoshima, separated by more than 1500km using only bullet trains… but for this case it will still probably be much better to use planes 🙂

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Inauguration ceremony. Photo by Asahi.com

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By 2020 we will be able to travel from Tokyo to Sapporo in four hours riding the bullet train

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More information at JR website

Tohoku Shinkasen Free Wi-Fi

JR is now offering free wi-fi for the passengers of the new Tohoku Shinkansen. We thank JR for its kindness as it is still not easy to find places with open wi-fi networks in Japan. However lately it seems the situation is improving a bit in preparation for the 2020 Olympics.

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In addition to the free wi-fi in some train lines, stations and airports, you can also get wi-fi in 7-Eleven shops, Dennys restaurants and Starbucks. You will have to register in the service the first time you go online but once you do it you can seamlessly connect at any Starbucks/7-Eleven/Dennys.