Japan's New Train Will Be "Invisible"


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Maglev Train ( Photo Credit : By Saruno Hirobano via Wikimedia Commons

Japan is famous for its state-of-the-art high-speed railway system. In 2015, its Magnetic Levitation or Maglev train, which gets its name because it hovers 10 cm above the tracks, set a new speed world record of 375 mph (603km/hr). Now the innovative island nation wants to build a train that features a mirror-like exterior and blends in so well with the environment, that it will be practically "invisible."

The train, which is expected to be ready by 2018, is being built by Seibu Railway to commemorate the company's 100th anniversary. It is the brainchild of famous Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima. The winner of the prestigious 2010 Pritzker Architecture Award, says she is excited at the prospect of creating something that will move through different environments, as opposed to designing a stationary building.

A rendering of architect Kazuyo Sejima’s design for a new express train in Japan (Photo Credit SANAA architects)

The idea of developing something that will reflect the surrounding scenery is particularly exciting given that the train's 111-mile route through Japan goes through a varied landscape ranging from the mountains of Chichibu to the tall skyscrapers of Tokyo.

While the exterior of the train is slick and ultramodern, don't expect the interior to be as stark. The architect wants it to be a place "where large numbers of people can all relax in comfort, in their own way, like a living room, so that they think to themselves 'I look forward to riding that train again.'" We have a feeling that attracting passengers to ride aboard this radical "invisible" train will not be an issue!

Resources:fastcodesign.com, architectural digest.com, the guardian.com

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  • lunathewolf
    lunathewolfMonday, June 10, 2019 at 7:37 am
    • AgastyaMonday, April 15, 2019 at 6:44 am
      Its nice.
      • AgastyaMonday, April 15, 2019 at 6:43 am
        I kind of like the invisible train idea.
        • laquishaTuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:00 am
          • popTuesday, March 5, 2019 at 4:20 am
            So cool i can still see it
            • AkiraThursday, February 28, 2019 at 9:47 am
              it so cool
              • jclancyThursday, December 27, 2018 at 1:45 pm
                that looks almost invisible. #socool
                • yeetWednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10:33 am
                  How long does it take for the train to cross from Tokyo to Kyoto? Well, It's going about 310 MPH, so I'd guess that if you took an airplane, it would take longer than the invisible train.
                  • wolfdog
                    wolfdogFriday, November 9, 2018 at 7:45 am
                    People don't think about the hazards of a nearly invisible metal object ZOOMING across a railroad at 60-100 MPH??
                    • wolfdog
                      wolfdogFriday, November 9, 2018 at 7:44 am
                      An Invisible Train is extremely dangerous if someone accidently crosses.