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    Is America Finally On Track With High-Speed Rail? | The B1M
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    Is America Finally On Track With High-Speed Rail? | The B1M

    October 17, 2019

    The United States is home to the largest rail
    network in the world, with an operating route length of around 150,000 kilometres. But despite its vast size, approximately 80% of
    the system is used for moving freight, with most of the country’s population preferring
    to drive or fly when travelling domestically. For decades the US has been trying to introduce
    high-speed rail systems that would rival existing networks in Asia and Europe, and that would get
    more people out of their cars and onto trains. Progress, however, has been slow. In California,
    a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco is currently under construction,
    but the project has suffered numerous setbacks. Now in Texas, another high-speed line has
    moved one step closer to becoming a reality, and looks set to be the first in the country
    to be completed. If all goes to plan, this would mark the start of a whole new chapter
    in American mobility. With 29 million residents and extending over
    an area of almost 700,000 square kilometres, Texas is the second largest US state by population
    and land mass. It’s also an economic powerhouse – if it
    were its own sovereign country, it would have the tenth highest GDP in the world. However,
    as its economy and population continues to grow, particularly in the southern half of
    the state, transport links are coming under considerable strain. Around 16 million people now travel between
    Houston and North Texas each year and the majority of those journeys are made on a single
    highway – Interstate 45 – where journey times can range from three and a half to five
    and a half hours. The situation is only expected to get worse
    in the coming years, with a 200% increase in traffic along the route projected by 2035. But thanks to a proposed new multi-billion-dollar
    project, using one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly mass transportation
    systems anywhere in the world, Texans may soon be able to make the near-400 kilometre
    trip in less than 90 minutes, but by rail instead of road. Private railroad company Texas Central is
    planning to develop a high-tech new train line that connects North Texas, the
    Brazos Valley and Houston. Following the signing of a USD $14 billion
    deal between Texas Central and contractor Salini-Lane in September 2019, work is now
    scheduled to commence in 2020, with the line expected to become operational in 2026. The aim is to use high-tech Japanese bullet
    trains, which have been running on routes across Japan for several decades and are capable
    of travelling at more than 300 km/h. As well as offering rapid journey times, these
    locomotives are widely admired for their low-impact, eco-friendly design. They use just one eighth
    of the electricity per passenger mile that a typical commercial jet uses, and according
    to a study from the International Union of Railways, high-speed rail can be up to 14
    times less carbon-intensive than car travel. The service is also being presented as a much
    safer alternative to travelling on what has been labelled the second deadliest highway
    in the United States. Japan’s bullet trains
    boast a faultless safety record. In more than 50 years since the first locomotives
    rolled off the production line, there have been zero injuries or loss-of-life accidents
    caused by one of the trains, despite them carrying more than 10 billion passengers in
    that time. While the list of potential benefits may be
    lengthy, there are a number of obstacles to be overcome before work can begin. These range
    from gaining federal approvals to securing the remaining funding from private investors,
    which still stands at billions of dollars. The developers are also facing opposition
    from Texas landowners over the current plans to acquire land along the proposed route.
    There are fears that the line would disrupt the local environment and residents’ way
    of life. In spite of these challenges, there is real
    optimism that they can be overcome in the near future, and that plans to finally bring
    high-speed rail to the United States by the middle of the next decade can be considered
    an achievable target rather than an overly-ambitious one If you enjoyed this video and would like to get more from the definitive video channel for construction, subscribe to The B1M.

    How to Ride the Tokyo Metro
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    How to Ride the Tokyo Metro

    October 16, 2019

    Opened in 1927 the Tokyo Metro is one of the busiest subway systems in
    the world with its 290 stations 13 Metro lines, the Tokyo Metro carries
    8.7 million daily passengers. the Tokyo Metro is cleaner safer and
    more punctual than that of any other metropolitan city.
    However, the subway & train systems are run by
    several different companies in getting around the city can be
    confusing the train start about 5 a.m. can run until 1 a.m. trains are
    extremely punctual run every three minutes or so during
    peak hours in every 10 minutes or less in the early morning in late-night
    trains and subways in tokyo can get extremely crowded during rush hour and at the end of the night when they
    stop running hop on a train during peak hours for real Tokyo your experience the women should be careful about “chikan” – men
    men who groupe women are crowded train some trains now
    have some women only car Here step-by-step instructions on how to use the Metro. Step 1: locate a
    metro station metro stations normally have a blue and white
    stylized “M” some stations are located in side
    building while others are out in the open Step 2. Decide where you wanna go to try to locate the appropriate stop on
    the map. Check what line it is on then locate your current position and
    see what direction you need to travel (what is the name of the last station) This will determine which signs you
    need follow. Step #3 Determine how much a
    ticket will cost when you get to the station use the
    English fare chart near the ticket vending machines to find the
    price of the ticket to your destination. The Tokyo Metro charges
    by distant rather than a flat rate. The
    Tokyo Metro has a total of 13 lines. Each line is identified by a name & color, stations are named & numbered. For instance,
    the Ginza line is gold, and currently has 19 stations. The Asakusa
    Station is station 19 on the Ginza Line. Step #4 buying a ticket.Tickets
    are sold at ticket vending machines found at every Tokyo Metro station. Tickets are available in denominations of 170 yen, 200 yen, 240 yen, 280 yen and 310 yen. Select the fare based on the distance you will travel. At the ticket machine. Step 1: change the language.Use the “English” button at the top right hand corner of the screen. Step #2. Select Ticket Type You can select to purchase Tickets or Coupon Tickets. If you have a PASMO card (or any other compatible IC card) , you can select to charge it. Step 3: Select Ticket Amount Insert coins or bills and select the button displaying the price to your destination. Please do not forget to take your ticket and change. Note: Some machines do not accept ¥2,000, ¥5,000 or ¥10,000 bills. Step #5 Once you have your ticket, proceed to the turnstile. Insert your ticket into the slot in front of the machine. Continue through the turnstile, taking your ticket as it emerges from the slot on top of the machine. if you’re going to use the Tokyo metro
    line you may want to pick up a Suica or a Pasmo card, these cards are prepaid
    transportation but they contain it integrated circuit IC
    chip allowing the user to enter the subway by simply placing the card over the Pasmo
    card reader located at the fare gate. The card is rechargeable and can be used over and over.You can purchase one
    of these cards from any ticket vending machine in addition
    to using your Pasmo Card to ride the subway or bus you can use it to pay for items purchased at stores and vending machines. Note: Initial purchase price includes a 500 -yen deposit. Step #6: Follow the signs for your train.You may walk through a lot of intersections, corridors and stairs. That is OK; just make sure to carefully follow the signs to your Metro line. Each station is marked with its name (in English) and a number. Step #7: Select the correct platform to stand on. Step #8: Once on the platform: When the train arrives, keep behind the yellow line. Let people leave the train first, and then you can get on it. During rush hour, the train platforms can get crowded and you may have to wait for the next train to arrive before attempting to get on. Step #9: On the train. Find somewhere to sit/stand. Courtesy seats can be found at the end of each car. Please give up your seat to someone who needs it. There are also cars just for women. Step #10: Arriving at your destination. When you reach your destination, you will still need your ticket or pass to exit When traveling with the regular ticket
    the gate will not return your ticket. If you traveled further than the ticket you bought allows, you can pay the extra fare at a fare adjustment machine located near the fare gates. When you place your ticket into the machine, , it will display the fare difference you owe. After inserting the difference, take your ticket and pass through the fare gate. Congratulations—you have made it across Tokyo!


    Japan’s MAGNETIC LEVITATION Train | Linimo

    October 16, 2019

    This is not your average train. This train is levitating. This is Linimo. Its first name was Aichi Kōsoku Kōtsū Tōbu Kyūryō-sen). Renaming it Linimo was probably a good idea. It’s a magnetic-levitation train, or maglev, and you can ride it right here in Aichi prefecture, Japan. Linimo is one of only two Maglev trains in the world open for public usage. The other, in Shanghai, was built as an airport connection. But Linimo seems almost… out in the middle of nowhere. It was actually built to connect people to
    the site of the 2005 World Fair, which now functions as a park. Linimo is still active, though, and connects 9 stations over 9 kilometers, with about 7 million people who use it each year. But how does it work? I’ll send you over
    to Andrew Marston to find out. Hey there, internet! I actually live on the
    Linimo. Not like ON it on it, but like next to it. I can see the Linimo from my apartment. Anyway, I have a basic understanding of how the Linimo works, which I will now attempt to communicate to you in 30 seconds or less. Let’s do this. So the Linimo is a Maglev-style train. This means that it uses magnetic levitation to literally float above the track and propel itself without touching anything. This also means there’s almost no friction, and is the reason that Maglev trains are the fastest in the world. One has even been clocked at
    over 600 km/h. At this speed you could go from LA to NYC in under 7 hours. But actually, the Linimo doesn’t go nearly this fast. It was designed as an alternative to conventional trains rather than as a high-speed train. So its top speed is only about 100 km/h, which is still pretty quick. All right, we made it. There’s a lot more that could be said
    about Maglev trains and the Linimo specifically, but I’m just going to summarize by saying “Science!!1!” And that’s all I got right now! See you guys around the internet. Linimo is only three cars long, and because
    it’s fully automated there is no driver. Once it’s above ground, there are no staff
    on board at all. It’s also foreigner friendly, with announcements in both Japanese and English. In consideration of other passengers, please
    refrain from putting on makeup, eating, drinking, or talking on your mobile phone, etc, while
    in the train. Special seats and wheelchair spaces have been designated for the elderly
    and physically disabled. Thank you for your cooperation. To reach the Linimo, you have to follow the
    yellow Higashiyama line from Nagoya station aaaaaall the way to the end, to Fujigaoka. You can’t use your IC cards on it because it’s a private line, and it’s a bit more expensive than normal trains. But I mean, come on. This isn’t a normal train. You’re levitating!! You can use it to get to the Aichi Commemorative
    Park, which is kinda empty since the end of the World Fair, but it still has some stuff
    to do like the Totoro house, the forest school, a water park and an ice skating rink. But I think just riding the train is enough in itself because guys… SCIENCE!! Thanks for watching and don’t forget to check out Andrew’s channel! He once biked across the entire country of Japan, and now he makes really well edited videos that may
    or may not put ours to shame.

    Train Ride through the Japanese Countryside | IYONADA MONOGATARI
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    Train Ride through the Japanese Countryside | IYONADA MONOGATARI

    October 15, 2019

    Iyonada Monogatari – Train Ride through Shikoku We’re about to get on the Iyonada Monogatari train From JR Matsuyama Station, that’s where we are right now We’re just waiting for the train to arrive It’s pretty hot Pretty sweaty Looking forward to an air conditioned train An air conditioned train – PLEASE BE AIR CONDITIONED One way 2260 yen I-yo-nada NADA is ocean? It’s kinda like ocean… we have Shimonada, Kaminada, Iyonada Oh wow I didn’t know that! It plays a song when the train comes! *cute train theme music* Is it gonna come from this way, or is it gonna come from this way? My bet’s on this way Yeah I think so *more epic train theme music* Yay~ Ah it’s so cute! Look at the little tables! Where are we sitting? All the way back All the way in the back, oh one of the 4 person tables? Oh that’s so awesome! Bye!! Wow, that’s like everyone Bentos are available to order So over there is Honshu right? Yep Honshu’s over there The really cool thing about this train ride, is it will stop at several stations along the way And you can get out and enjoy the amazing scenery! Look at how beautiful this place is This is so cute Love Love Bench Neat, they’ve got old photos on the wall inside the station I wonder what year these are from They don’t have a year, that’s too bad Wow this is what it looks like at sunset! Ahh that’s so nice! This station appeared in several shows Do you know any? Hi!! That looks so nice! Look at that water, it’s beautiful! Hiii! Jealous! I wanna go swimming! Thank you! Japanese countryside – enjoy! Bye bye ocean – we’re heading into the mountains now! Are you guys ready for the cutest thing ever? See that person waving with signs? As you’re travelling through Shikoku, the locals will welcome you by waving, and preparing really cute signs for you! It’s so sweet So cute!! Dan dan means thank you! Oh really? In Iyoben, old Iyoben Hiiiii Are you guys ready for this? He’s comin up! Here he comes! Cute He’s so happy, he loves his job That’s a real picture The real ones look scary You can see the castle outside the window there, that’s Ozu Castle So cute! They’re so excited about the train! Awww look at the dogs!! We’re almost arriving at Yawatahama Station Which means our train ride is almost over I hope you guys enjoyed this video, and the beautiful views of the Japanese countryside I really really recommend taking a trip like this Whether it be on a train, or renting a car and driving yourself through the countryside If you ever come to Japan, you just need to see these views It’s really relaxing and I just had an amazing time Thank you very much!

    Japan Bento on Train (駅弁) – Eric Meal Time #95
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    Japan Bento on Train (駅弁) – Eric Meal Time #95

    October 15, 2019

    [Music] long-dead was a long day yeah I’m hungry that’s a pretty good video with the guy in the suit today so we’ve got our Becky Ben what does ecumene command is station bento train stations radio train station lunch boxes and so what did you get get this guy at the 20 mission which is chicken and eggs rice and mine is called mutant which is beef tongue yeah episode drink here like a vodka tonic it’s too high Japanese shot you five percent alcohol not one of the stronger ones are you for pretty packaging it is new packaging there’s a leaf it’s yes I believe so it’s old-school style it’s a made from as in bamboo I’m not sure what you’ll do the research on that and we’ll just stuff put a subtitle and you’re in charge okay let’s eat in charge of educating our audience it’s like Oh somebody basket-weave this just for the food Wow [Music] wow that is a box what is something like this cost remember how much is like ten bucks how about yeah ten bucks nice and compact and colorful to tango eating huh so this would be the chicken here and what kind of sauce is that on there is it sweet sure probably like a soy sauce base looks like a shiitake mushroom right there carrot give a little toast weird things came on oh no they’re really from Malfoy gushing yeah pickled vegetables these things are for refreshing your mouth yeah clears the flavor that smell I got some Ching come see I can smell it it smells really good I can meet hungry it’s kind of so lost like smells really good sweet sauce it’s a hobby soy sauce base so they’ll toss in probably a little bit of sugar so the rice is flavored – yeah it’s a really chewy once you go make really chewy rice mochi go man that stands for chewy rice I see so it sticks sticks together is easier to eat I like that sticky rice too sticky rice easy with chopsticks good stuff how’s the chicken that’s your last piece already savor it only get two pieces of chicken ten of that and a ton of rice let’s go to use kind of sad it’s kind of that but they gotta make money ten bucks they spent all the money on the packaging actually this probably costs half the price of the whole thing yeah you should save that box for what and I will will do it get some giveaway and we’ll put some stuff in that box special edition you guys want to win this box right yeah and keep anything put a comment down below if you’d like to win this box with some special treats in it Tana and Japanese stands for tongue tongue that on beef tongue Calla tongue cow tongue how’s that going to be good well it’s really thin meat that’s the trick the trick to this dump is they slice it really thin and then it’s not so tough material okay yeah chopsticks looking good oh look at that like onions here it’s probably a lemon sauce on top this is served over rice as well too and this is a tamagoyaki egg and some kind of sauce yolk I don’t even get is also maybe sauce to put on y’all with hot probably something I’ll put the sauce on top of here I think it may be the way spicy yeah yeah nice thing about these chopstick packages is not just chopsticks you also get a toothpick for the end of your meal and that nice I’m gonna have something to drink first this is going to make a lot of noise it’s very quiet on this train [Music] and everybody’s sleeping you’re tired from a long day at work [Music] who calls her very cool yours cameraman it’s very thirst-quenching is and this it gets thirsty when he goes out of these adventures all is thirsty because our type let’s not get too drunk before we have this meal try the beef tongue how is it it’s got a very unique case very chewy its chewy but it’s sliced so thin that you don’t really have to chew it that much I mean just telling you they can be really tough but it’s actually pretty tender is it a lemon based sauce on their lemon and it’s salty and there’s also some fun some pepper seasoning mittens but and then saw it’s good well done to which i think is done scrambled egg scrambled egg is it’s very sweet sugar looks kind of spicy looks like it’s adds a lot of flavor to it looks a bit creepy try this first without the meat you’re supposed to try that with the rice oh wow oh that’s really good I think that goes with the rice man it’s like a it’s like a miso better than be more concentrated than me something a couple Wow that makes a perfect ah so good it does good with the rice delish there’s all is this one thing I never get with bento is this green this is a mystery isn’t it doesn’t ever get what that’s your get this green leaf I never get what that’s more glass this is tougher than the beef tongue yeah really long juice is plastic so this is a warning to you guys if you see this inside your lunch box in Japan don’t eat it it’s plastic to garnish I think it’s just for color yeah probably all right girl okay let’s finish this bento kind of flavor is to the rice we talked about that already yeah it’s a something so probably slice off space plus with a little bit of sugar and a little bit of sweetness to it and that’s the nice thing about Japanese rice it’s sticky so it’s really easy to pick up with chopsticks especially an event all right if you take the tray out that’s a perfectly good box right under the food is touch the box yeah that’s really nice I’ll put some goodies in it and yeah what’d you guys think comment down below its a CTA what do you drink in there cafe latte some sweet after camp a hard day so it’s got sugar in it yep she’s got hotter denser hotter cold cold cold just with any after a good dinner but you can buy hot as well too right I can’t buy anything got into the convenience store in Japan right did you want to get some water she’s coming I’m good you’re good so what do you care to rate this meal this is a key been lunchbox I’m Yael on the bullet train all right we give it a four star rating more stars it’s uh it’s pretty good for a meal that you could get at a train station but you know since it’s a NICU man it’s not like the best kind of food you this kind of mental you can get but it’s decent right yeah food on the goal is good for sure yeah you can’t be yeah good varieties yeah yeah also ordered food from from her too and and it comes with cool box cannot beat this box yep spots this box is the bomb I’m going to put so much cool stuff in it comment down below if you want well your time to finish your meal smelting can you tell is the ball getting smaller it is you guys think it got smaller the bar is open [Music] finish it up see how the rice sticks together slow down not my daughter the last piece finished it off so the meat is really good it looks like you liked it so I liked it a lot cater ate it I care to use the toothpick first a little bit stuck in my teeth cut this part on I’ll tell you why guys you know it’s really help you to floss your teeth every day I floss my teeth every day and I have had no trouble with 19 but when you floss your teeth every day you have to use the two things stuff gets caught in your teeth all the time because everything’s like clean you have the capsule there it’s not so that’s my bit of advice philosophy trust this is the greatest souvenir ever and the fact I think all include the the ice ball is a souvenir in box so now I think it’s my turn to rain this meal the ecumene lunch box bullet train I think I’m going to give this meal a five star rating it’s an old milk to me the meat was really good I would like to add some more vegetables with it such as meat and risings it you don’t really have much variety of other stuff like most mentos you have a lot of different varieties and stuff grilled beef tongue Mendel you guys enjoyed this episode of our mealtime thanks for watching and we’ll see you next Saturday okay so here’s a quick rundown of the stuff I’m giving away that’s going to be in this box right here these are the paper balloons you just blow into them and they blow up like balls let’s do the food first these are the best gummies in Japan these are great flavored ones love these these are fire mints great stuff these are chewable candies high chews strawberry flavor delicious this I think is my favorite chocolate black thunder two different flavored Kit Kats this is for Easter so this is a I don’t know some sort of a bunny then this is the green tea Kit Kat also these are traditional style sweets so they’re chocolate sort of covered cookies my favorites and also over on the trick side we have the pencil trick of course and this right here is called tacky tombow or flying helicopter you put the stick inside the propeller in the two holes right there and yeah you just make a fly hand powered pirate eye patch oh yeah everyone’s got to have one of these this is the stretchy guy ericsurf6 maze this is the girly card works front and back this is a zombie sticker pack and last but not least this is not a condom it is the spinning coin and balloon trick yep so that’s it comment down below if you’d like to win this what I’m looking for in your comment I’d like to know why you watch the Eric mealtime series that’s right that’s what I’m looking for so that I can figure out what kind of stuff you guys want to see in the future and yeah it’s really all about what you guys want to see that’s what I want to make so tell me why you watch these videos the Eric mealtimes and I will announce the winner next Saturday see you then

    BULLET TRAIN – Riding Japan’s Super Shinkansen – 新幹線に乗りましょ!
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    BULLET TRAIN – Riding Japan’s Super Shinkansen – 新幹線に乗りましょ!

    October 15, 2019

    Japan’s bullet train or Shinkansen system is one of mankind’s modern technological marvels in its over 50 years of operation the Shinkansen has transported over 10 billion passengers more than the total population of earth at speeds exceeding 200 miles an hour for some trains in the most earthquake-prone country on the planet one would expect the worst to happen but of all those billions of passengers there have been zero passenger fatalities in operation it’s a safe efficient and convenient system and we mean convenient on this episode of the American rail club we’re taking the world’s ultimate train from Tokyo to Osaka and back taking a day journey while exploring the history of the Shinkansen and its possibilities around the world and in America welcome aboard pick a seat and enjoy the ride [Music] [Music] it’s early in the morning on our trip to Japan and we’re taking the day to go from our hotel in Tokyo to Osaka we’ll be taking the 754 AM Nozomi Express Shinkansen from Shinagawa station to arrive at Xin Osaka by 10:20 a.m. from there we’ll go to Universal Studios Japan for the morning and afternoon and then to dote on Mori at night where we will then return back afterwards on the 9:10 p.m. Nozomi to arrive at Tokyo by 11:35 p.m. pretty full day none of us ever had a packed travel day like this by train especially between two major cities separated by over 320 miles something like this would only be possible by bullet train and it’s time to start getting to the station but first let’s pick up something to eat grabbing some breakfast over in Kamata was quick and inexpensive and the food in Japan is pretty tasty and healthier than my guilty pleasure of – bacon egg and cheese McGriddle and so we stood out our morning let’s do this you can see how everything’s like got my sheet here and I have a gonna cleaning towel everything – something you don’t see back at home afterwards time to take the K in tohoku up to Shinagawa station with our Shing Content tickets already bought the day before [Music] then it’s on to the platform of the backbone of Japan’s infrastructural engine the Shinkansen what I mean this system is punctual it redefines it entirely the clockwork of seeing this amazing system in action is awe-inspiring to anyone even if they aren’t interested in trains the engineering the speed and the timing safety and the people behind it all of this make it what it is kind of surreal but it’s like wow pretty much everything worked and I was supposed to ended this posed to be for 748 or like a 739 so everything is super punctual just the way let’s get our seats on board settle in and discuss it more in depth on board but not too much as we’ll only be here for two hours and twenty minutes to cover 320 miles but first breakfast [Music] [Music] the development of the shikon s’en literally translated as new trunk line was long in the making in 1903 Germany tested the first electric multiple unit train that reached a record 130 miles an hour compared to regular locomotives which lead the passenger cars to either push or pull a train electric multiple units or e/m use are a different layout where motors are distributed along the entire train to increase efficiency for 1903 however technology hadn’t quite figured out how to sync all the motors to not resist and limit each other but a standing impression would be made on a young engineer of the Japanese railway Bureau sent to observe the test yasujiro Shima he had a dream to create Japan’s first bullet train or Dangan arisia connecting Tokyo all through Shimonoseki the western end of Japan’s main island Honshu plans were actually made and worked for the doc gonorrhea shop project in 1939 instead of using electricity however it would be steam but those plans bombed after something called World War 2 which devastated Japan’s infrastructure and burned down a majority of Tokyo and the single most destructive and deadly bombing attack in human history Japan adhering to the principles of fall down seven times get up eight had a chance to reinvent itself and three major factors would do it number one is decision to electrify its major railways gained through the sovereignty of the San Francisco treaty Japan was under immense pressure by the United States and General MacArthur to adopt diesel engines due to austerity measures and a dependency it would create on Japan to outside sources of fuel mainly Americas but thankfully it dodged that stinky bullet number two the Japanese National Railways or jnr had this man as its president Shinji so go under his leadership JR would be able to make bold decisions to grow its services then there was a dice on sale yoku or big factor number three the chief engineer at Jan arm Hideo Chima remember yasujiro Chima earlier who witnessed the record test in Germany Hideo is his son or Musco okay I’ll try to cut back on the Japanese learning there is no quiz after this in the 1950s jay-ar was struggling to keep up with the demand of population and economic growth and proposed to plans of building new narrow gauge lines along its Tokaido corridor between Tokyo and Osaka but Shinji and had a hoe had a third infant plan I mean I meant plan this plan would build a new larger standard gauge passenger rail network segregated away from freight and slower passenger trains achieve speeds in excess of a hundred thirteen miles per hour as well as followed much of the previous bullet train plan from 1939 except this time using electric multiple units the 2500 meter turning radius four corners standard on modern Shinkansen lines that was actually carried over from the 1939 plan the plans were approved in 1958 with engineering quickly commencing and construction beginning in 1959 to connect Tokyo to Osaka this Shinkansen plan or new trunk line after the standard gauge designation also brought along the ridicule moaning and hysteria from other superiors in Jnr the Japanese government and the media all throughout the planning and construction Shima and slow go were deemed madmen for sticking to trains in a coming age of automobiles and airplane words that would probably make the best humble pie with MIT’s crow later the Shinkansen was massively expensive with a budget of 1.6 billion u.s. dollars in that year which doubled to an actual of 3.2 billion u.s. dollars from 1963 to 2018 dollars that’s nearly twenty six billion dollars even including all new engineering research design and manufacturing it’s still more than half the cost per mile of California’s now 100 billion dollar project but because of these cost overruns in out of respect both so go followed by Shima resigned from J&R before ultimately the fruit of theirs and thousands of others laborers who realized on October 1st 1964 right on time for the Tokyo Olympics the era of high-speed rail had begun since the Shinkansen opening jnr had run into a lot of cost problems but contrary to popular belief this wasn’t actually created because of debt acquired from the Shinkansen project itself quite the contrary actually it paid in spades and it was subsidizing the two biggest losses for Jun are forced construction of commuter railways in sparse urban areas and government constraints on fare increases with inflation the change came when jnr was eventually split regionally into private companies rather than a public government corporation in 1987 these new japan rail or jr companies brought the much-needed technological improvements especially to rail service like the Shinkansen which stayed with the initial zero series Hikari for nearly 20 years after introduction in 1987 the year of breakup and privatization the 100 series Shinkansen ran at a hundred 37 mile an hour top speed top speed by 1992 was increased to a hundred seventy miles an hour by the series 300 by 2000 the series 500 could reach 186 miles an hour and today and e5 Shinkansen can reach 200 miles an hour hooray for capitalism the amazing history behind the Shinkansen is the reason why Japan and its visitors are able to enjoy the comforts it affords today the seating on board is rather comfy in the reserved class with plenty of space to stretch out eat on tables and put your luggage on top without worrying about running out of space and checking it in the bathrooms aren’t pristine have actual functioning sinks push button operation and sized properly for actual human beings not goblins like on Amtrak japanese etiquette suggests for you to stay quiet at a conversational level in the cars and if you need a good walking stretch or a talk on the cell phone there’s the in-between cars that have cell phones smoking areas and bathrooms the rails on which the bullet trains right upon are as smooth as a silk kimono every night of every day a crew of about 3,000 across the network perform maintenance and needed repairs on a track that takes close to 370 trains per day the receiving a dedicated inspection train equipped with gear like laser measuring equipment called doctor yellow which is quite a rare sight but hey with my luck I snapped a picture of what a Ginza then there’s the punctuality of the entire network which I previously talked about the average delay if there even is a delay for the Shinkansen is a scant 30 seconds thanks to the teamwork of everyone and the skill of the conductor’s I’m sure you’ve seen the videos of cleaning crews that clean these trains that seat 1200 plus people in only seven minutes flat I didn’t get a chance to see them but their work obviously shows as everything is clean whisking through over the rural parts of Japan cities tunnels and mountains it becomes clear how amazing these trains really are and how it has enabled Japan’s economy to reach the level it has we were already getting close when we looked back at our watches and realize how quick two hours and 300 miles had gone nobody was cramped and we were all relaxed at exactly 1019 we were at the station and we felt cheated out of our early minute so we stayed here gawking at the bullet trains for a bit more [Music] and another weekend by the way these shirts you can get them on the ark teespring and more goodies back to scheduled programming the amount of time the bullet train has given us to enjoy another part of the country was time well spent [Music] from shin-osaka we were able to easily and quickly board a train to osaka station then transfer Anisha Kujo to head for Universal City station to Universal Studios Japan [Music] [Music] [Music] it’s almost as if somebody stopped time were able to arrive here with ease and get to basically the reason why we came to Japan in the first place JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure the ride after we did all we wanted there we had enough time to take a train over to Osaka famous daughter amore district Osaka is known for its culinary culture frequently called the kitchen of Japan there’s even a saying in Japan that goes Kyoto No kia ora Osaka no cuido meaning one dresses into decadence in Kyoto and one eats into decadence in Osaka thus the Japanese term cuidado or to over indulge yourself in food [Music] [Music] indeed the food in Osaka is amazing although I think osakans are confused with how hamburgers are used but apart from cuisine the sights and lights of Osaka are enough to feed the eyes and the senses which reminds me of the old Cuban saying of bodega Jana Corazon contento or bellyful and heart content and with our heart content and legs exhausted it was time to get ourselves back to Tokyo before midnight on the last train home upon the platform itself we were able to get ourselves some Japanese snacks and alcohol to add eyes bleary to the ailments incredible how convenient it is to have a convenience store right on the platform it just works on the way back I thought about the immense amount of possibilities a system like this would bring to the u.s. much of the world including France Germany China Taiwan Italy Spain and even Morocco now have high-speed rail systems while America has dug itself in a dark hole of automobile and airline dependency the same hole that Japan avoided nearly 50 years ago thanks to the brave and innovative men that pioneered the Shinkansen the journey we took on the Shinkansen is by car would take over six hours and eight by bus that’s already half that they’d gone sure planes once they were in the air can go pretty fast but accounting for flight time plus security check plus boarding disembarking and traveling to and from the airport and your one and a half hour flight to turn to about three or four hours of total travel time there’s a reason why the Shinkansen rules an outright majority of share and travel between these two cities for starting at around $95 for this lower service to 130 dollars for the express one-way marginally cheaper bus tickets and fluctuating airline tickets around the same prices with fees don’t seem to be a good deal and one ride on the Shinkansen you can tell why the competition is scared around the world there’s actually hope for the system to come to the US through the Texas Central Railway Company coincidentally being done with the assistance of jr. Central the same company that runs the Tokaido Shinkansen we took if you want to learn a little bit more information about that you can click this video over here although we’ll be coming out with more information on it pretty soon it’ll be linked over here Japan isn’t done yet improvements to speed on the current system are currently being tested with the new Alpha X experimental train capable of over 225 miles per hour then there’s the great leap forward with what we dub the Hyperloop killer that actually exists the SC maglev this train has been breaking record at the record with the latest one in 20 fifteen at 375 miles an hour with more to go the test line in Yamanashi will be open to the public come the 2020 Olympics around the corner rhyming with history just as Japan unveiled its first Shinkansen in 1964 maybe someday the US will be able to realize the benefits of rail and we too can raise the ceiling of what is possible within our country whether it’s an easy day trip to a city 300 miles away facilitating jobs in the new economy or bringing family together the passenger train has an important place in a nation’s of modern infrastructure Japan has proved that for itself and the rest of the world it’s amazing that more than 10 billion passengers including myself and my friends have journeyed on this amazing work of human wonder and engineering with no fatalities making it probably the safest place to be in the world on top of unheard-of punctuality spectacular speed and surplus comfort it’s an experience and adventure that you too can have and hope to get a chance to hop on board whether it’s in Japan Europe or in the near future in America thank you for watching this video on American rail club if you want more real news on transit infrastructure and high speed rail in America and around the world be sure to subscribe and pull that belt share this video with friends interested in trains or planning a trip to Japan it’s no cost and everyone is welcome aboard want to support arc further upgrade your ticket to ride by supporting us on patreon where just $1 will get you access to exclusive videos and behind-the-scenes before the general public thank you for writing them next up the future [Music]

    Why did I come to Japan and make this show? ★ ONLY in JAPAN Q&A and Tokyo Tour in 360
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    Why did I come to Japan and make this show? ★ ONLY in JAPAN Q&A and Tokyo Tour in 360

    October 14, 2019

    This is the ONLY in JAPAN 360 Question & Answer video presented in 4K. I’ve put a lot of photos and additional video all around this 360 world so definitely have a look around. If you have Google Cardboard or a Virtual Reality headset use them. If not, you can use your browser or your app and look around the world just make sure they’ve been updated. Hey everybody! ONLY in JAPAN Narrator: Peter von Gomm This is Nihonbashi which many consider to be the centre of Tokyo. It’s a hub for many traditional businesses that have been operating here for centuries. A lot of international businesses and start-ups are located here too. Welcome to Tokyo Station! This is the ONLY in JAPAN Q&A episode in 360 so help yourself and look around, you can move your smart phone around or if you’re using Google Cardboard or a VR headset welcome to a brave new world! Bold, big and beautiful! So this is Tokyo Station where you pick up the Shinkansen and the new Nihonbashi entrance which is pretty cool. I’m going to take you over now to the other side to the Marunouchi entrance which is older and traditional but they’ve renovated it so it’s quite interesting. I’m going to keep this video moving. That means I’m not going to try to stay in one spot. You’ll get a chance to look at the city and answer some of your questions while you get a chance to look around which I think is going to be pretty cool. Look up! The north and south Marunouchi ticket gates have high beautiful ceilings. The station opening in 1914 and its design is rumoured to have been based on Amsetrdam Centraal Station. This is one of my favorite places in all of the city. This is the 7th floor of the (Shin) Maru Building which is across the street from Tokyo Station. You can see the Shinkansen and all the trains whizzing by. It’s being renovated right now and should be completed within the next year. This side is Ginza. Over there behind this building you can probably see Tokyo Tower. And behind us is the Imperial Palace which is where the emperor lives and it’s flat and green and absolutely beautiful. And at night, the view from here is spectacular! I highly recommend coming to the 7th floor of the (Shin) Maru Building. This is also an appropriate place to start the questions and answer series. With this question: Why did I start ONLY in JAPAN? — and that happened right after the earthquake on March 11, 2011. A couple of months after the earthquake happened tourism died here in this country and that really broke my heart because I had been living here for over 15 years at the time. and know how incredible Japan is. I just wanted to take what I was doing — I was already reporting on an Internation TV station (NHK World) — to take that reporting to another level because YouTube is a platform that allows me the freedom to do whatever I want to go anywhere, to see anything That’s really exciting to me, and I wanted to do that. In 2012, I drew up the blueprints for ONLY in JAPAN and in 2013, I launched the series in February with the NAKED MAN FESTIVAL which was a lot of fun. In 2003 was also a reason I decided to stay in Japan. I hitchhiked the whole country from Wakkanai on the top of Hokkaido to Kagoshima, the very bottom of Kyushu — the whole country! In the course of 1 month and I made a movie about that. and that experience is why I stay in Japan and is also a reason why I really love this country because while I was hitchhiking I was picked up by 20 people over the course of the month who took me from place to place and just the kindness, sincerety, and the hospitality of strangers — in this country was so overwhelming to me that I decided to stay in Japan I had been in the country for 6 years at that time. And after that, I said I’m going to stay. So if you’re wondering why I came to Japan I don’t even know the reason why, I guess it was curiosity. The real question is why did I stay? and I think it’s because this country is absolutely beautiful. It’s safe. The food is delicious. I love being a foreigner and being an expat. People look at you different. It’s sort of exciting in that way. I feel that the best way I can help my own country in to — bridge Japan to the rest of the world not just American but — other countries in Asia and to tell the story of Japan to tell you what’s happening in this country and I really love that. TOKYO STATION I hopped on to the Yamanote line and traveled to the next spot The Harajuku/Omotesando area This way, this way, over here. So I had a little trouble asking my self these questions -so I enlisted the help of my friend
    -Hello We searched of a quiet place to do an interview The trip took us to Harajuku’s Takeshita Dori where I learned about fashion in a previous episode Passing Harajuku station, we walked to Yoyogi Park and settled in on a bench by the pond Question and answer in the park Q&A in the park Welcome to Yoyogi Park in the center of Tokyo I take in all the top comments, and given to Angela over here who’s going to be asking me these intimate and personal questions because I can’t ask myself. I need someone to ask me Alright, go ahead Get this over with So question 1, from….Wo….. -What…Wo..?
    -Oh, Wyatt, Wyatt Wyatt! Wyat Walker Why do you like Japan so much I like Japan because I’ve been here 18 years and it’s part of who I am now. It’s my home True I see Japan and US both being my home, but right now I think I’m more.. connected with Japan But why? Why do you like it? WHY? Um… It’s so easy to live here. It’s so much fun It’s so interesting every day The food, the people The fact that I get to speak in a foreign language, The fact that I’m very different here People look at me funny sometimes, Maybe the way I’m dressed, or the way I walk or whatever -The way you walk!
    -I don’t know! It’s just… really interesting to live as an expat in another country and why not Japan Next question from Konan Kun What is your ethnicity? Yeah, this one got asked a lot of me Um, I’m American. 100% American. Yeah, my mother is originally from India. She’s born in Mumbai. My father is American, but his background is German-English. I think there is Polish, and some New Zealand in the family. Oh really? So, I’m mixed. -International
    -Internationally Me… -Internationally You..
    -That’s her name. Ok, Konan Kun also asked… Do you live in Japan? Yes, yes … A lot of people ask me, “Do you live in Japan?” Yes, I’ve lived in Japan for … 18 years. Since 1998. Once I left Japan for six months and I came back and I’ve been here ever since. This is my home. That’s an interesting question. Yes — we have … This is a hard name. Yes-we-Hado-ken Who is best girl? Oh, I saw this one! Who is best girl!? Got 17 likes. Wow! I don’t even know what that means, um … best girl I’m not married. I’m single. I’m straight. -Really?
    -Yes What? What does that mean? I’m joking. Yeah….yeah… Denny Lee asked Can you show us behind the scenes of ONLY in JAPAN? That’s really good. Um … ok! So I got this 360 camera about a month ago and I’m going to be using this on location shoots just putting it on the side and creating 360 videos which will be behind the scenes and this will be really behind the scenes because It will open up the world in front of the camera and behind it and I’ve created a channel “ONLY in JAPAN 360” which you will be able to see a lot of 360 content I’m separating the two because if you don’t have goggles, If you don’t have Google Cardboard, this format can be a little annoying well you can just press the button, press the arrows on the screen Yeah, you can do that but it’s still annoying You’re always flipping around, If you say something, you have to go back to the person to see them again or you’re in a cafe watching like this and that can be a little strange for people to do so I think it’s good to have a seperate channel Let’s take a break and head to Hachiko Scramble nearby Here are the top episodes in terms of views of the channel Thank you all for making these shows popular Now in the center of the intersection, a short fan submitted video from Mobile, Alabama in the USA We love ONLY in JAPAN My favorite episode is probably the Spochan one ’cause I like to sword fight and we have some light sabers, and I like how you mentioned the the double sided spochan sword that looked like the Darth Maul saber I like your videos a lot. My favorite one was the Gachapon I really want to do a lot of them when we come up to Japan I like the strawberry episode because it has strawberries They are my favorite fruit I love the ice cream episode because it has ice cream in it It’s my favorite desert Thank you John for making ONLY in JAPAN Mata ne~ Mata ne~ Rowland family, thank you very much! Back to the park for some more Q&A. I talked about show’s frequency, and why I make only two a month. I think this channel ONLYinJAPAN is going to right now it’s only twice a month I try to get it out the 1st and the 3rd Thursday. Sometimes it’s a little later, sometimes it’s even earlier but anything more than twice a month is a challenge. -Because I’m on locations and —
    -Hahaha You know what I mean! We make these videos.. Most YouTube creators, we don’t have a camera man and audio guys and editors, and producers above us and people telling us what to do. We go on location. There was one in Kagoshima — a volcanic sand bath. I went to Kagoshima by myself I set up three cameras on tripods all around The manager of the place was controlling the camera as a favor and that’s how I operated and I had to move quickly That’s one of the biggest challenges of doing the format that I do is that I don’t have the cameraman to film all the time I really would like to have it but … Which is amazing, your work. Ah, anyways Anyways, ah, Papa Franku asks He asks Why did you decide to live in Japan? I sort of answered this in the opening, I guess I can go a little detailed I came to Japan in 1998 I just finished college I graduated from Ohio State in 1997 I worked all through college, I didn’t have any debt or any loans to pay off I had a little savings and I blew that all in backpacking in 6 months around the world, and when I got back, I needed a job My room mate was a Japanese major He came to Japan in a JET program He sent me an email. We didn’t have any chatting or texting back then He wrote “You got to come to Japan, man. It’s so awesome” He used to say this all through college Used to sleep on a futon, He was a weirdo “Yeah, you got to come to Japan, the place is nice.” You make good money. “It’s weird! It’s awesome! It’s Asia!” So I hadn’t seen (East) Asia yet, I came here. He left — I stayed! And I’ve been here ever since. He was one of the big factors why I came because I had a friend who was here already. I didn’t know any Japanese before I came, I wasn’t interested in manga and wasn’t interested in Martial Arts

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    October 14, 2019

    Thank you very much Please ride the train over there Hi guys! We’re finally here at Shin-Kanaya station Uhm… We’re waiting our train going to Senzu I think that’s the one the orange one We still have to wait for two hours and I’m so excited!! Hi guys! We just got our tickets But we still have an one to go So… yeah, we’re just waiting here and….. What’s cool about this place is that they have a small museum about steam trains and…. busy so cute! we’re here at Senzu
    – we’re here! yey we missed the train we didn’t realize the time since we were both hungry it took us time to finish our food so we’re gonna wait another an hour i think? or more and Jim went to the restroom and now I’m left alone He’s back! We’re coming! we’re going to transfer …
    – do you want to buy ice cream? ice cream!!! you want?
    – yes! Ice cream Ice cream!! there’s a long queue okay, never mind the line’s too long Thank you very much let’s go!
    – let’s go next train! one hour ride again but definitely worth the wait guys, the door is manually you need to open it by yourself so you can get off the train were stopped here in the middle of no where …and there’s a station its called Domoto Station I don’t know what you can do here but it’s cool and a bit scary like the movie ‘Wrong Turn’ this is also a platform of a station the putted another train a while ago to push us up because this train itself cant go uphill and since we reached the top they are going to detached it the one at the back say hi! were here!
    – Rainbow bridge Rainbow bridge this is actually the first Rainbow bridge in Japan how did it become a rainbow bridge? why do you think guys? cause I don’t know why Hi guys if you want to go….. somewhere… to relax this is the kind of place you should go you can relax in then nature you can walk around and burn fats too its better to go to these kind of places instead of malls – true hey at last! it took us …3 to 4 hours train ride right? yup it was a long ride but worth it guys try it next time super beautiful nature!!! – the trees are beautiful the trees are beautiful the water is beautiful the train is beautiful beautiful like me! its so high guys, this is the adventure you can call good for the health – oh my god can you see how long is that? youre going to climb that i mean, we’re going to climb that what are you doing? hey! can you help me? hiking guys were so tired are you okay? its good for your health …. but you cant do it just don’t cause it too tiring guys you see that? i quit. but i cant do anything no more since this is the only way we came from that bridge and now, we’re here on top can you imagine? I’m so tired! after hiking … a bit got a bit tired were lost in the middle of no where joke! guys
    – guys we’re st…. we’re in the middle of..
    – lost in the middle of no where no where we’re going back down there’s so many stairs oh my god the view is amazing guys. – picture me here! hey stop! -come on No!! i can climb down here No!! do you think you can jump down from here?
    – no? so you just let yourself get killed? how? for example some is trying to kill you and the only way to survive is when you jump then i have no choice but to jump okay guys, this is like our Japanese hotel… let’s go inside – is this really a hotel or a house? I’m not sure say hi! Hi!! We’re here at the hotel Our hotel is like a big house that has plenty of rooms and then they let customers stay like a hostel basically but as of now, we’re the only ones here this pillow is so hard Day 2! [singing] one hour -walk walk
    – an hour walk going to the suspension bridge yes! tunnel! its so cold in here
    – so cold I cant do this oh? lets go! we’re going to the suspension bridge, guys. 1.4km walk just to go to the bridge …and there’s a lot of people i think these people are waiting in line to cross the bridge because only 10 person at a time can cross the bridge I’m hungry guys. oh my god am i making people wait? the bridge is so shaky as in my grip is too tight I’m okay I’m okay I’m okay wooo! – your GoPro is empty bat huh? – low bat – are you okay? wait, wait, wait. we’re done with the bridge now we have to climb … 304 stairs going up okay [ Japanese ]
    we have to climb 304 stairs [ Japanese ]
    for us to go back on top [ Japanese ]
    and I’m getting really, really tired. hi little one you can do it look over there I’m tired did you count how many stairs we climbed?
    – no i didnt rest time tired. lets go this is what you call a walk to remember you’re gonna remember this place and never come back My partner left me I think we could see the hanging bridge from there yeah we’re back on this coldest tunnel i know right wow, your really into this vlogger mode today – stabilizer stabilizer! go by! were almost there were going back to the town were going to eat some delicious Soba walking back is so tiring yes! I’m so hungry this is the coldest tunnel I’ve ever been what do you call these? Thank you very much please change it to 500 yen coin here’s your change
    thank you food trip! getting our tickets going home 800 yen for one total of 1,600 yen sky diving next sky diving next if i go insane okay, aren’t you done yet? – I cant get the tunes I can only play it until there Platform number 1 Thank you very much We’re on the train again going back to Shin-Kanaya going home – going home sad. wake up [ See you again ] [ Welcome back ] Thank you very much standing ovation Shinkansen! going home – going home did you enjoy our trip? – of course I did next time again Bye