By Christopher Hood
The snapshot of the shinkansen – or ‘bullet teach’ – passing Mount Fuji is without doubt one of the most famous photos of recent Japan. but, regardless of its overseas attractiveness for pace and punctuality, little is known approximately what makes it paintings so good and what its effect is.
This is a complete account of the historical past of the shinkansen, from its making plans throughout the Pacific conflict, to its release in 1964 and next improvement. It is going directly to research the explanations at the back of the bullet train’s luck, and demonstrates the way it went from being easily a high-speed rail community to reaching the prestige of iconic nationwide image. It considers the shinkansen’s dating with nationwide and neighborhood politics and financial improvement, its monetary viability, the environmental demanding situations it needs to do something about, and the ways that it displays and affects very important points of jap society. It concludes by means of contemplating even if the bullet teach may be winning in different international locations constructing high-speed railways. total, this publication offers a radical exam of the phenomenon of the shinkansen, and its courting with jap society.