Why Japanese Trains are as Interesting as a Movie
Good day everyone, it’s Nam-chan!
The very same Nam-chan who is vacating from my rented apartment this month, and busy packing for my move back to my hometown. The cardboard boxes sent to me are being filled by my books and clothing. Yet, TV distraction means my packing schedule is delayed lol.
So! My current travel plan between the office and and my hometown is (unbelieveably!):
a 15 min drive
and a 2 hr train ride!
Hmmmmm….. it’s truly long lol!!
However, to me this travel is as interesting as watching a movie. Especially since this 2 hours travel is “a journey of trains”; I will be riding three different trains within this 2 hours.
The first train I will ride is the KINTETSU, which takes about 30 minutes.
What is interesting about this ride is that, even though it’s 6am in the morning, there is a delinquent who rides this early train too. Though he may be surrounded by salarymen in suits, he carries on with his long golden hair flocks, wearing a bright yellow tshirt, a chain accessory clanking away, strapped along the side of his denim jeans.
And the music that leaks from his earphones is rather “fantastic” lol
“Sharashara~ shararararaaan Sharansharararaaaaan♪
is how it goes haha.
You can’t hear exactly what is being sang, but the music melody leaks through quite clearly. Unable to rest in quiet, the salarymen around him starts fidgets, almost as though control themselves from breaking into a dance from the beats, “Ahhh, it’s crowded, why am I dancing. It’ll become a bother if I start to move, furthermore the embarrassment to see a man in his fifties to dance! But it’s such a good beat, my body just can’t…. ARGHHH Efyewfagnoggowjfio”
Not sure if it’s the clear beat that is in the wrong, or they have listening issues.
Now to change trains. The next is the subway metro, also known as a “BMW”.
It also another 30 minutes on the BMW. Though it’s a BMW, it’s quite packed. But there are reasons why it is called a BMW!
It is unusually fast. Just when you think the train has just left the station, it has already reached the next stop. Also, as quickly as the train doors slides open, they close just as fast. Passengers getting on or off is even faster. The afternoon passengers of BMW cannot be compared to the full power of the morning passengers. So there is a threat that the afternoon passenger can’t even board the morning train! lol
That’s right, to be able to ride Japan’s BMW, one must specially train oneself to walk speedily. As a matter of fact, I am achieving that level of mastery soon.
After the 30-minutes-but-seem-like-5-minutes BMW ride, the next train is HANKYU, one of the leaders in private train services.
The interior of the train is wood, and the high-class passengers sofa seats are moss-green coloured, made of Angora goat hair. There are also a number of high-class passengers too. Known for it’s agile management, there is a service which livens the salarymen on the morning trains.
That is the company announcer.
While it has becomed a standard for other Japanese trains to have low-profile male announcers dressed in a unnoticeable grey, HANKYU has introduced female announcers. This raises the tension among the salarymen, OL (Office Ladies) are happy about it too, as their voices are in a very kind manner!
Furthermore, there is sure to be this encouraging message, “Good morning! Thank you for your good work today!” Surely anyone who has ridden HANKYU continuously for the past 20, 30 years will be touched to tears by this.
This is what makes HANKYU different from the other Japanese train services, not only in design, but also in service and the kinds of passengers. Most certainly interesting. Should you come to Japan, please consider riding different train services.
That’s it for today!
We’ll talk about Japanese summer songs the next time we meet!