China (right) recently surpassed Japan with 370 million high speed rail passengers yearly. However, in that half century period, transporting 10 billion passengers, there NEVER been a passenger fatality caused by a derailment or collision in Japan. China has already had some problems. The future? A maglev train connecting Tokyo and Osaka reaching speeds of 310 MPH, reducing the journey time to one hour. But maybe in 2045.
About 50 minutes out of Tokyo Station on the Hikari, there is that memorable view of Mount Fuji:
Suica smart card (left) that allows me into just about any train system in Japan. The Midosuji subway line takes me to the Honmachi stop, which is in the basement of the St. Regis hotel. Crossing here is also the Chuo line, which will tomorrow be my way to the Osaka Aquarium.
Tokyo Sky Tree. Opened in 2010, this is one of those hotels that starts on a higher floor and goes to the top.
After a long walk through an indoor mall that begins at my front door, and goes on for around a mile, where I picked up my dinner, I took a bath:
Yes, I bought a raw ham and mascarpone (Italian cheese) Subway, and had it with a Grand Kiren beer and a small bottle of the now available Beaujolais Nouveau:
I'm dining at Hajime (#42 on the Pellagrino World Best, and the temple of a former computer engineer, Hajime Yoneda--I was given permission to take a few photos, a no-no here) tomorrow night, so thought I'd take it easy tonight. Tomorrow also, the Osaka Aquarium and, possibly, a whale shark???
Labor Thanksgiving Day. Monday was the day of observation. And no, they don't consume a turkey meal today. With India, Japan has the most holidays of any country, sixteen.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average again broke an all-time record, up 8 to 17818.