Skinkansen (bullet train)
I am almost certain we can all put together what Skinkansen is or what it means based on the image above. But just for clarification, the actual definition is defined as a high speed railroad carrying (train) system in Japan (4). Japan and its creators (Shinji Sogo and Hideo Shima) originally created this system after World War II (the “useful war”(2) by advancing Japan and its economy)The construction for the first segment from Tokyo to Osaka (what originally took 7.5 hours to now only 3 hours with the bullet train) started in 1959 and officially opened October 1 1959 just in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 (3). We can see how much just this one “creation” impacted Japan as just last year, it celebrated its 50th year of existence and how useful it is yet today. It too is recorded that there are 1,487 mile of track and still expanding (3).
An interesting tidbit of information that I found on a website was that in the year of 1900 10 women became employees of the railroad (1). I just thought this was a very interesting fact that went along great with how the “respect” and equality of women seem to be growing during the time period we are discussing in class.
Below is an image of the “track” routes in Japan with the red representing the first segment of track.
1. “Shinkansen.” (Japanese Bullet Train). Last Updated-March 14, 2015. Accessed April 9, 2015. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2018.html.
2. Schoppa, R. Keith. “The Phoenix: Japan, 1945-1973.” In East Asia: Identities and Change in the Modern World, 1700-present. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008.
3. McKean, Cameron. “Japan’s Bullet Train, the World’s First (and Still Best) High-Speed Rail Network, Turns 50 – Next City.” Japan’s Bullet Train, the World’s First (and Still Best) High-Speed Rail Network, Turns 50 – Next City. August 19, 2014. Accessed April 9, 2015. http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/japans-bullet-train-the-worlds-first-and-still-best-high-speed-rail-network.
4. “Definition of Shinkansen in English:.” Shinkansen: Definition of Shinkansen in Oxford Dictionary (American English) (US). Accessed April 9, 2015. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/Shinkansen.