Shinkansen – an overview of the system and elements of Japanese culture
Shinkansen is arguably the most visible sign of Japan’s technological advancement and, together with electronic goods, Mt. Fuji and sushi, the most recognizable symbol of Japan. The presentation will draw upon the origins of the famous Japanese high-speed rail system and its development over the period of close to 60 years. Challenges faced by engineers in the operation of Shinkansen trains will be briefly addressed, and information attesting to their incredible efficiency will be provided.