When: Tue., Feb. 23, 11:20 a.m. 2010
Trains have been running in Japan for close to 150 years. They are a vital means of transportation in Japan, and a whole sub-culture as well. There are poems written about trains, people have named trains, and museums have been built for the preservation of trains. In short, the Japanese have fallen in love with this mode of transportation that connects and uplifts their hearts and minds. Among these trains are the ever-popular Shinkansen or Bullet Train, the world's most frequently run, environmentally friendly, and accident free train system that is the pride of Japan. Mr. Naoyuki Agawa will shed light on the historical and cultural context in which the Japanese train systems and the Japanese people's love for trains has developed over the years. Mr. Testuo Fukuda will further this idea by taking an in depth look at the design aspects of these high-speed Japanese wonders.