Shinkansen Test Run to Brand New Shin-Aomori Station
Aomori is a peaceful country, and you do not really find modern buildings. One of my colleagues who went this place with me said “Wow, this is like the building in Tokyo”. I thought that was cute.
It was fun to see the train station while not completely equipped…..
We could find some materials produced in Aomori in the building. Can you tell from the following pictures?
A1 is Tsugaru Lacquerware. This is called Nanako, one of four types of lacquer patterning in Tsugaru Lacquerware. People who found the Nanako on the pillars were saying “Oh…luxury pillars”.
A2 is Aomori Hiba Cypress, which is aromatic, durable and has beautiful grains. It is popular to make furniture, bath tubs and wood crafts.
A3 is Munakata Shiko – a famous printmaker who was born in Aomori-City. Please enjoy Christy’s previous entry on A Glimse into Aomori’s artsy side-Munakata Shiko for more information about him. The original of this huge work was made by 242 groups of Aomori citizens in 2003 to celebrate Munakata’s 100th anniversary.
The platform is on the 2nd floor. This station will be the terminal of Tohoku Shinkansen in Honshu Island. Then it is to be connected with Hokkaido Shinkansen rail line in about 5 years.
I heard about 600 people got together to welcome the first train coming to this station. Suddenly the Nebuta festival live music started, which was a signal of the train arrival, and all people got ready to take pictures and filming the train.
The inspection train “East i” which is equipped with all the measuring device and inspection apparatus left Hachinohe Station at 2:00am, kept running 30km/h and arrived at this station at 9:49am. Gradually test speed will get faster and final test run will be 260km/h as the maximum speed in the end of June. Amazing!
Welcome ceremony was held.
By Shinkansen it will take only 3 hours and 10 minutes from Tokyo to Aomori-city from December 2010. Those who will hold Japan Rail Pass while staying in Japan, please do not fail to visit Aomori!!!