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It may come as no surprise that Japan has some very fast trains. I like to ride these trains and this Monday I was thankful that they are so fast. I had spent a few days in Tokyo with my family and with work when the big Vongfong Typhoon was coming our way. Saturday we were admiring the park near my daughter's home. We really hoped the storm would weaken and stop.
We could see the round Sky Tree tower in the distance. Further down the park was a baseball field with the teams getting ready for a game. Tokyo is the largest city I've ever seen and it stretches on for mile after mile.
Sunday we were shopping along Ginza street with the big crowds. There were so many nice stores and coffee shops. I didn't buy any clothes but I tried some on.
I kept thinking about the largest storm of the year that was coming toward us. Our train tickets for home were reserved for Monday at 5:28 PM on the Bullet Train (Shinkansen). The storm forecasts kept changing, but I was nervous because if there is too much wind or rain the trains are stopped. These beautiful trains travel at speeds up to 320 km per hour / 200 miles per hour, so a strong storm wind can be dangerous.
I knew the stations would be crowded with people trying to return home and the storm was getting strong in the afternoon. I decided to forget my reserved seat and go wait at the station for one of the cars without reserved seating. I walked all the way to the end of the train platform and stood where train car #1 would be. I was lucky to be first in the line. I met the captain and he confirmed the train was the correct one to get me to Koriyama and connect me with a normal train through themountains. I took this picture of myself as my green train approaches. The captain stands behind me with the key to open the train and let us on. Many people who didn't come early are standing behind me on the platform. Everyone got on the train and everyone in my car got a seat.
To escape the storm I would have been happy to stand, but going 320 kph it feels safer to be sitting. After we left, the trains were all stopped at 4:00 PM and my original train was one of those that was cancelled. I'm so happy I didn't have to sleep in the station.
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