In Tokyo most of the accidents with trains are human collisions.
In Yamagata... antelopes
And in Akita... bears...
A JR promotion sign advertising the Chokkai Sanroku sen
JR East is now promoting local rail lines that are not JR.During the great Japan National Rail disaggregation, a lot of small loss making lines were taken over by local governments who didn't want to see them closed down. Since the earthquake there seems to be greater co-operation between JR East and some of the local lines - it suits JR East because in many cases the beautiful scenery is on the less travelled lines. The is promotion is a poster for the Yuri Kogen - Chokai Sanroku line in the south of Akita near Ugo Honjo.
On the Saikyo line JR has conveniently put up diagrams of which are the most crowded carriages - since it's a seriously overcrowded line that has minimal capacity to run more services. The red carriages are super full, the orange very full, and the green less full - though that is very relative.
|Tokyo JR stamps|
They are very very cool and I have been meaning to get a book to collect them all. Fortunately I hadn't done
so as now they are in a variety of colours. Even cooler!
is dirty and and is being temporarily covered - please be careful.
|The Hanawa line in Akita|
Japanese ghosts have no feet, but this is not a ghost,
just a woman in Akita who is sitting seiza on the train.
(Seiza being traditional style with feet tucked underneath.)
|The Chuo line in Tokyo|
A surprising scene of a woman cleaning her baby's ears with a cotton bud on the train. Aside from it being a bit strange and anti social to be cleaning ears in public, it seemed a little dangerous with the Chuo line having the worst record for suicides & relatively high speed collisions are not all that uncommon.