When most people think about Japan, they think technology. In most cases, I’ll agree too; cellphones that can be used to pay for things come to mind. However…one of the other things I like about Japan is that they’ll continue to use the older stuff too.
This train, for example. When we rode it in Kiryu, it was two compartments long and looked as if it had been made in the fifties (to me at least). And it still works. With the ticket taker in the front of the train because the stations were so small that they weren’t maned and they were old enough that they didn’t have the electronic pass system.
Interestingly enough, bikes were allowed in this train, as long as they were in the back compartment. I’ve never seen that before in Japan.
(And if anyone knows where I got the “Train Train” from, they get a cookie!)