On this day, the Nozomi 301, JR’s 270km/h wondertrain and marvel of modern engineering shot out of Yokohama at maximum speed, and didn’t hit the brakes until it arrived in Osaka two and a half hours later.
Q. What is Japan’s center of industry and fourth most populous city, located between Tokyo and Osaka?
A. Think about it real carefully.
JR’s excuse was that businessmen commuting to Osaka in the morning wanted to get there in a hurry, which meant not stopping here. Gee, thanks!
This wasn’t the first time Nagoya has been dissed by the rest of Japan. In fact, Nagoya or Chukyo (middle capital) only missed out on being Japan’s #1 spot and having an entire historical period named after it when Okazaki-born Ieyasu Tokugawa, after kicking every warlord in Japan’s ass, packed up shop, grabbed every beautiful woman he could find, and moved to Edo, modern day Tokyo.
NAGMAG agrees that any reason to never see Okazaki again is a good one, but still.
Even as recently as last year, plans to build a second capital in case Tokyo gets washed away, predictably centered on a patch of land near Osaka.
Osaka, Osaka, Osaka. Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo.
Here are a few things WE are getting soon that are AWESOME:
Costco, home of the coolest idea ever: sell stuff in huge quantities for cheap, is scheduled to open near Centrair in 2013.
As a kid, who didn’t want to go to Legoland? Way classier and cooler than either Disneyland or Universal Studios, Legoland Nagoya will be the tourist attraction of choice for people with taste when it opens in 2015.
There are already Ikea outlets in Tokyo and Osaka, but we are finally set to get ours: with the opening of their distribution center in Aichi last year, it’s only a matter of time before a retail outlet follows and NAG citizens get to feel the joy of putting desks and sofas together by themselves.
4. Chuo Shinkansen
Conceived in the 70s, with construction finally starting now, this 500km/h maglev train line is scheduled to be finished by the 2040s. Our own JR Central, who are paying the whopping 9 trillion yen to tunnel through half the country to build the dang thing, insisted that it stop in Nagoya.
As a footnote, JR Central is withdrawing it’s 300 series trains on March 16 this year, almost exactly twenty years after the Nagoya-skipping outrage (no, really. Look up “Nagoya tobashi” on Japanese Wikipedia.)
The only place you’ll be able to see one after that date? The SCMaglev and Railway Park near Nagoya Port, of course.