While on a Shinkansen I wanted to record exactly what it felt like. They ride so amazingly smooth. It feels just like what you are feeling right now, sitting in your chair and watching this video of the countryside float by. A car has more bump and vibration than a bullet train. 

There is a big controversy going on in Japan over building a new bullet train route from Tokyo to Nagoya. The desire is to build a Maglev train for even greater speeds. However since the French TGV reached its record speed there are a lot of people balking at the expense of building a new maglev train when it seems that older technology (steel wheels on rails) is not at the top of its capabilities.
To record this I simply set my camera on the ledge of the window and pressed the button. So smooth the camera never shakes or bounces.

Aggghhh, I looked up directions in Google maps to get from one place in Tokyo to another and all that kanji  broke my brain. I wish there was more hiragana in use for the names of the trains and stations. I am afraid of missing a station and getting all fouled up in Tokyo. I have barely begun to decipher kanji. This video helped me a lot in deciphering what was going on. Thank you IES and YouTube uploader … (gotta love the GIJoe reference he throws in at the end  ^_^)

(I also love this time lapse video of riding the Yamanote loop in Tokyo, thanks to J Train Freak on

oh ok, i got it now … thanks to this Wiki entry that explains the Odakyu-Odwara train line. I can even count the number of stops we would need to watch for. What did people ever do in the days before Wiki?

This guy either had to much sake or pulled a double shift at work. Via TokyoMango:

John says:

I took this photo with my iPhone on the Hibiya line in Tokyo. I patted the guy on the back and said Naka-Meguro a few times (the station was coming up) but got absolutely no response.

Photo by John Kostiuk