I'm back, after a bit of a break. New Year in Japan is A VERY BIG DEAL, although we celebrated in a very low key fashion here in my corner of the world. I haven't received any postcrossing cards in a while which explains why I haven't posted much recently.
The topic of today's Blog Linky Party is Trains and Trams. Many people in Japan are fascinated by trains, and here in Japan they are rather wonderful. Despite being a big fan of movies like Murder on the Orient Express or Narrow Margin that take place in or on trains, I'm not terribly interested in trains except as a method of travelling.
I have two Gotochi cards for you today. One of them was featured earlier when we looked at cards with Lighthouses on them, but I don't think I have shown off the other one. There is at least one more regular Gotochi card with a train on it, but I don't have it.
As I stated before, this card represents the Choshi Electric Railway Line, which is only 6.4 km long. A rather interesting fact about the company that runs this Railway Line is that to supplement their income, they started to sell senbei (a Japanese rice cracker) Interestingly, the senbei are so popular now that the company makes double the amount selling the crackers that they do on the railway line!
Wikipedia gives a good overview of the company and the history of the rail line, so do have a look at it if you are interested in learning more about this train line in Chiba.
The card below features the Enoden or the Enoshima Electric Railway. This train line is another private train line that runs between Kamakura Station and Fujisawa Station. I'm not completely sure, but I may have ridden on this train when I visited Kamakura one year, a very long time ago. The train track is single, but some stations have double tracks which allows trains to run in both directions.
The Japan Post Office has also created Gotochi cards for train lovers. I have found examples of the cards for my readers and am listing them below.
These are special sets of Gotochi Cards. I do not collect them personally, so have little information about them.
JR East Bullet Train -Interestingly, this series features bullet trains that can be seen in Tohoku, the part of Japan that I live in. However, my city is not on a Shinkansen Line, so I hardly ever ride these trains.
The POSTA COLLECT "News" page. To find these cards that I have linked to, I had to scroll down quite far. There may be more train cards of interest if you follow the links on the page.
Thank you for visiting my Trains Link up. I hope you have enjoyed this look at Gotochi Cards and trains. Please visit the other bloggers to see their take on Trains and Trams.