Two Of Japan’s Most Familiar Sites, The Shinkansen (The Bullet Train) And Mount Fuji Are Pictured On This Resin Fridge Magnet
From natural magnificence to engineering excellence these two features of Japanese life are both impressive. The name Shinkansen actually means ‘new trunk line’ and refers to the myriad of tracks for this high speed train network. The modern splendour of this technology contrasts with the huge, ancient presence of Mount Fuji. The largest mountain in Japan and situated on Honshu Island this is all nature in construction. If you want a small piece of memorabilia capturing the ancient and the new of Japan then why not purchase this resin fridge magnet from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
The Shinkansen (The Bullet Train)
This train network first opened in 1964 with the Tōkaidō Shinkansen which operated between Tokyo and Shin-Ōsaka Station; the line is still running today and is the most highly travelled high speed rail journey in the world. From this one track start, the network expanded throughout the country and there is now approximately 2,387.7 kilometres of track overall. Japan was the first country in the world to build a dedicated high speed railway line. The original journey from Tokyo to Osaka was reduced from six hours and 40 minutes to four hours. Because the tracks are completely separate the Shinkansen trains are not affected by slower moving rail traffic making them extremely punctual. They also produce only about 16% of the carbon dioxide produced by a similar car journey and their safety record is excellent.
At the other end of the historical scale is Mount Fuji whose exact origins are unknown. An active stratovolcano, which last erupted in 1707–08, it is known for its beauty and is much photographed. The Mount is situated about one hundred kilometres from Tokyo and its top, which is snow-capped for many months, can be seen from there on a clear day. At 3,776.24 metres in height it is a dominating feature of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and is surrounded by three small cities and five lakes.
Japan And Its Culture
Both the Shinkansen (the Bullet Train) and Mount Fuji are features of Japanese culture renowned the world over. A large and diverse country, Japan is a fascinating place to visit. The fascination is increased by the fact that the country is an archipelago consisting of six thousand eight hundred and fifty two islands, the largest of which are Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku. Japan has a distinct culture with crafts such as lacquer ware, ceramics, dolls and swords being extremely popular. In the music world Japan has its own gifted classical composers such as Toru Takemitsu and Rentarō Taki. Modern Japanese music is heavily influenced by American and European music and, of course, karaoke is a very popular activity. Japanese cuisine is popular the world over with noodles and rice popular with seasonal and well- presented meat and vegetable dishes. Restaurants in Japanese cities have more Michelin stars than the rest of the world combined. In the sporting arena Suma is a traditional Japanese sport and is considered to be the national sport of the country. Martial arts such as judo, kendo, and karate are also extremely popular; but the most popular spectator sport is baseball. The picture of Mount Fuji and The Shinkansen (the Bullet Train) on this lovely resin fridge magnet are a small reminder of Japan’s diverse culture. Why not make this purchase from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.