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Electric Railcar in Yoshiwara by rlkitterman
Electric Railcar in Yoshiwara
On the way from Shimizu to Numazu, I spotted this old electric railcar parked at Yoshiwara railway station.  It appears to be well-maintained and still operating, as people can be seen sitting in the railcar.
Kuroneko Yamato by rlkitterman
Kuroneko Yamato
Seen on a bike in Shimizu, this logo of a cat carrying a kitten reminds me of Nekokoneko from Azumanga Daioh.  It is apparently the logo of a courier service whose name I have not been able to find.

Update: Thanks to Furuhashi, I have updated this description with the courier's real name: Yamato Transport Company, Ltd., which bills itself as Kuroneko Yamato (Black Cat Yamato) on the corporate website.
1920 JGR Pacific C51.5 by rlkitterman
1920 JGR Pacific C51.5
The C51-class Pacific (4-6-2) was the first true express passenger locomotive built in Japan.  Nearly 300 locomotives were built from 1919 to 1928 by Kisha Seizo, Mitsubishi, and the Hamamatsu Workshop.  With their 5'9" driving wheels, the C51s could do 100 kilometers/hour, and inaugurated high-speed rail in Japan by pulling the Tsubame Express from Tokyo to Kobe in 9 hours.  The oldest survivor, C51.5, was built in 1920 (most likely by Hamamatsu) and is now preserved at the Saitama Railway Museum.  Note the hinges toward the front of the smoke deflector so that the deflectors can be folded back to inspect and repair the locomotive, which is a rather clever touch on this well-designed locomotive.
As of now, I've been in Japan for a month, and in my apartment in Shimizu for three weeks.  It's still a bit difficult adapting to the language and customs here, but the food is delicious, my students are excellent, and I am taking lots of day trips when I can!  So far, I've been to Tokyo, Ome, Saitama, Shizuoka, Shimizu, Fuji City, Nagoya, and Hamamatsu.  I will be busy teaching until around Halloween, which is when I hope to visit the Oigawa Railway and the Shizuoka Daidogei World Cup (street performance art festival).  Later in the fall, I may return to Tokyo for a weekend-long trip.
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Galop Infernal (Can-Can) by Jacques Offenbach
  • Reading: Japanese the Manga Way
  • Watching: The Legend of Korra
  • Playing: Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006
  • Eating: Ramen
  • Drinking: Green tea


RL Kitterman
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Furuhashi Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member
Thank you so much for many favourites!:D (Big Grin) 
Furuhashi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  New member
Thank you so much for the favourite!
BigMaleforFan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
thanks for faving !!!
tsukiko-kiyomidzu Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tx for the fave! ) 
kanyiko Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the :+fav:!! ^_^
F16CrewChief Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the recent favs of my acft pics!
Furuhashi Featured By Owner Edited Sep 27, 2014  New member
Thank you so much for watch and favourites!
moniqueschauffert Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Are You moving to Japan? 
Cooool *-*
I envy you
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I already moved there; I am in Tokyo at the moment but will move to Shimizu (southwest of Tokyo) soon.  It's a lot of fun here!
moniqueschauffert Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hum...I see...But why you decided to go to Tokyo first? 
Keep sharing photos, please! ;)
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