An arrow of light and shadow


The elongated building diagonally depicted by Hiroshige represented a hall dedicated to challenge archery skills. In nowadays Tokyo, Shinkansen trains whiz through the city like arrows of light and shadows.


The original Tokaido Shinkansen, connecting Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, three of Japan’s largest cities, is one of the world’s busiest high-speed rail lines. In the one-year period it carries around 160 million passengers. At peak times, the line carries up to 16 trains per hour in each direction with 16 cars each with a minimum headway of three minutes between trains. With each car measuring 25 m in length, the longest trains are 400 m end to end. Stations are similarly long to accommodate these trains.