All aboard: the art of sampling Japan's railways

Music May 28, 2019

All aboard: the art of sampling Japan's railways

by Russell Thomas

In the rest of the world, trainspotting is something of a niche hobby, but in Japan it is much more mainstream. Combine a natural predilection for hobbies with a massive proliferation of railways and you naturally get train enthusiasts. It's easy to see why. Japan ...

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