Hi there! Writing about the trains in Japan today too! Japanese bullet trains, Shinkansen are so popular all over the world. My Icelandic best friend reads a book of Kyushu Shinkansen to her sons at bed time. And when she was reading it she told her boys that Kyushu is a place where I live. And then her son Ingvar went to grab a toy car (blue LEXUS!) which I sent him for a Christmas present and holding the LEXUS he fell asleep. Stina took the pic and sent it to me. Ingvar was super cute!

皆さん、こんにちは!日本の新幹線=bullet train は世界中で人気で、アイスランドの親友スティーナは寝る前に息子達に九州新幹線の本を読んであげたりするそうです。その本を読んでいる時に「九州はアヤが住んでいるところだよ。」と教えると、息子イングバルは私がクリスマスに送ってあげたミニカー(青いレクサス!) を取りに行って、そのままレクサス抱きしめて寝落ちしてしまって、その姿を撮った写真をスティーナが送ってくれました。

I went to Hakata station yesterday and went up to the bullet train area to take pictures. Hakata station is the biggest station of Kyushu Japan, and Kyushu bullet trains strart off from Hakata. And also, Hakata is a final destination of billet trains from Tokyo. The cute looking Shinkansen is Kyushu Shinkansen called Tsubame. Took many pictures and I thought the crossing straight lines of the station and the bullet trains are so beautiful. Even cleaning persons are making a line waiting for to get on to the bullet train. Very meticulous we Japanese are! Everybody, come visit Hakata, come visit Kyushu! The pics are even artsy I think.






Japanese railway workers are very gentle and sincere and trustworthy. When we visited New York, we got a huge shock that a station worker woman in Long Island shouted at us with mean eyes when we just asked the fares. We were speechless and my husband decided to buy train tickets from a ticket vending machine using a credit card rather than being shouted at!


We have a very interesting station boxed lunch culture too. You can buy a specific boxed lunch bento at a specific station only, so some people go all the way to the station to buy the bento. When I had a chance to talk with a Finnish tourist, she said she was so touched with an elegant manner of a bullet train conductor. When the conductor came in he made a salute with his right arm making a bow looking  at right seats and left seats. She said it was so COOL and showed me the way the conductor paid respect to the passengers. We Japanese take it for granted to see those good manners of train conductors. But they can be such cool things in the eyes of foreigners. Japan is a mysterious country, and I can’t express the beauty of it in every detail. However the enigma can be so alluring and you can never get tired of it!


And That’s all for today! Blessings to you all! See you next time.



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