Kitakami Photoblog

Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Félicitations au TGV!

... for its speed world record (574,7 km/h) - but the japanese Shinkansen (here the model Yamabiko) is still the way sexiest train ever constructed, you have to admit. Compared to it, doesn't the record TGV look a little bit like a tin can?

9 Comments:

Blogger Eric said...

OK, OK, fair enough... I have to say, this Shinkansen looks really good. But what matters the most when you take the train? That it looks good or that it takes you to your destination the fastest possible?!

(Envious French!)

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Matthew said...

That it looks good. Duh!

And this is not the best looking shinkansen train, either. That would be the E3 Komachi.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Normally it's the French who prefer beauty to functionality, n'est-ce pas?
But not only that ALL the shinkansen trains look that good, but they also take you to your destination the punctualliest possible (0 seconds delay even for a thousand kilometer trip) - can the TGV do this??
And by the way, the joy you feel about their beauty when they rush into the station lasts during the whole voyage.
But perhaps I am so specially fond of them because I'm from Germany where the ICE looks boring and is usually late.

For photos of the different shinkansen types, see for exemple here:
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinkansen

5:58 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Matthew, you are joking!
But how do you manage to get a hyperlink in the comment, instead of putting the whole website address?

6:02 PM  
Blogger Lan Nghiem-Phu said...

Julia, right click the mouse inside the comment window, select "View Page Source" and search for the string "E3 Komachi" to see the code used to embed the link to the text...
Actually, the French set its record in April 2007 at 574.86 km/h, but the world's record still belongs to Japan with 580.97 km/h The Americans are talking about a TGV between San Diego and Sacramento, but trains always have problems when they try to invade air traffic territory.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Chris & Deb said...

Oh I don't know...I think the subject in yesterday's post is more sexy than the Yamabiko...:)

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Matthew said...

I am not joking, I love Komachi! She is so feminine and sweet.

As for the link tag, maybe it is easiest to do as lan says. But I will try to show it, anyway.

<a href="http://www.houseofflameandglass.com/">House of Flame and Glass</a>

Enter something like the above, and it will appear like this:
House of Flame and Glass

11:42 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

That IS a good looking train!!! Very impressive!

1:10 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Very sexy, very sleek. Too bad it's also a very expensive product...

2:06 AM  

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