Train Culture
Hanayamata and the Enoshima Electric Railway

Hanayamata and the Enoshima Electric Railway

I only have the chance to ride public transit in Japan every so often, but I am still able to observe it almost everyday through its frequent inclusion in anime and other pop culture media. The Enoshima Electric Railway (江ノ島電鉄), or Enoden (江ノ電), is something of a poster child for this phenomenon, notable not just...
Train Culture: Sayonara Fumikiri, Yokoso Shimo-chika

Train Culture: Sayonara Fumikiri, Yokoso Shimo-chika

Shimokitazawa (下北沢) is a neighborhood in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward and the subject of a short film I’m making that’s roughly a month away from being finished, one of the last pieces to complete The Tokyo Project. I had thought it might be ready about now, but since it’s coming a little later than planned I...
Train Culture: Welcome Back

Train Culture: Welcome Back

My only claim to fame—and calling it that is probably a bit of a stretch—was a blog post I wrote almost two years back called Train Culture, which was one of my early attempts at pinning down some of the intangible and social value created by investing in rail infrastructure. It got passed around via...
Train Culture: Subway Sushi

Train Culture: Subway Sushi

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded...
Train Culture: Starting Young

Train Culture: Starting Young

I had always intended to revisit the idea initially captured in the Train Culture post from January. A little over a month ago the post kicked up a spike of momentum in social media networks and was featured on the WordPress.com homepage. The avalanche of thoughtful comments, not to mention making several new friends and...
Train Culture

Train Culture

For some reason, I became enamored with train travel at a very early age. One of my earliest memories is of riding the Strasburg Railroad, an antique steam engine train in southeastern Pennsylvania, with my grandparents. I returned to daycare after my first trip to Washington, DC, recounting only the experience of riding the metro,...