At times, visiting cities is like having a love affair, and, like love affairs, it all has an end. Sometimes you sneak away in the middle of the night, sometimes it’s all a bit of a drunken haze. Yet sometimes you get to sleep in, leave the key in the post box and breathe in the fresh spring air.
It will have been my first time taking the (very expensive) Shinkansen (bullet train, fire away fire away), departing from Tokyo Station towards Tohoku Region towards the north. The terminal was rather empty, and the inside of the train, surprisingly not futuristic and all robotic.
So, once in the belly of this giant metal snake, one gets to watch the outside world unwind in a sort of silent movie, the viewer unable to stop and stare or to be able to interact with his surroundings.
I became a sort of hunter, trying to snap shots at the *** speed that the train was moving. Seeing patches of snow was one thing, trying to catch them n camera was like playing Wack-A-Mole whilst wearing binoculars.
My skills are, indubitably, amazing.
I wondered what mysterious creatures lay in slumber there, within the foggy crevices of the world.
Of all the transport machines, I think by fair the train is my most favourite. Not movement sickness, you get to see sights that you wouldnt normally do and, when travelling in a group, it offers plenty of room for shenanigans.
I arrived in Sendai to parasite my dear friend (largest city in the Miyagi Prefecture btw, with more than 1 million people living in its midsts), the train station offering me many temptations that I could not resist. An obsession of the Japanese with strawberries can only lead to happiness in my eyes (and stomach).
This post is part of a (fantastic, amazing, life-changing) series:
- Land of the Rising Sun (Japan #1)
- What the carp? (Japan #2)
- Of Fish and Men (Japan #3)
- Ioan dreams Sushi (Japan #4)
- Just my Luck (Japan #5)
- The Forest of Tennis (Japan #6)
- Let the drums beat! (Japan #7)
- Big fat men (Japan #8)
- Titanium (Japan #9)
- Snow Shenanigans (Japan #10)
- Sea Critters (Japan #11)
- An end to Japan (Japan #12)