Feb 26, 2014

Train buff in Hokkaido builds his own museum

An architect in Otofuke, Hokkaido, has transformed part of his household into a railway museum. “I want to provide a place where rail fans can get together and feel comfortable,” says Tadashi Hozumi, 53, who is now working on improving the displays. A train ...

| Nov 16, 2013

Lessons in life

Young man #1: Old men really don’t like being overtaken in the pool. Young man #2: Or on the road. Young man #1: Or when lining up for the train during rush-hour. Young man #2: In life. — Komazawa Park, Setagaya, Tokyo. Overheard by ...

JR Kyushu shows off new luxury train

Sep 13, 2013

JR Kyushu shows off new luxury train

Kyushu Railway Co. on Friday unveiled the ¥3 billion Seven Star luxury sleeper train ahead of its inaugural run on Oct. 15. The event, held at a rolling stock factory in Kitakyushu, followed the signing a day earlier of a charter service contract with ...

Return rush peaks after Bon holiday season

Aug 17, 2013

Return rush peaks after Bon holiday season

Railway stations, airports and expressways nationwide were jammed Saturday with travelers returning home from the Bon holidays. Reserved seats on the Tohoku and Tokaido shinkansen lines, which connect Tokyo with the northeast and Osaka to the west, were almost fully booked throughout the day. ...

Entertainingly angry study of Italy's trains

Jul 13, 2013

Entertainingly angry study of Italy's trains

by Andrew Martin

Thirty years ago, Tim Parks moved from London to Italy. As a writer until recently mired in the midlist, he admitted that he didn’t want to watch “the rise of the Amises and McEwans” in more detail than strictly necessary. He has written 15 ...