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. The talk will feature practical tips for potential Shinkansen travellers and a range of interesting Japanese culture-related facts. You will find out what taxi seats are covered with, where you can have your ears cleaned in Akihabara Tokyo, who herbivore men are, how napping in public is seen by Japanese society, and whether tipping in Japan is a customary practice.
Date: 22 March 2023
Room: CW 11 Lecture Centre