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Ride Japan’s Newest Bullet Train Line

 
北陸新幹線がナショナルジオグラフィックでもBest Spring Trips 2015として紹介されていまいた。The new service launches March 14 and extends the existing Tokyo-to-Nagano high-speed railway line west by 143 miles.なんて表現はTOEIC的ですね。Sleek bullet trainsとsleekが使われていますね。

北陸新幹線はHokuriku Shinkansen bullet-train lineとなっています。Biwako Lakeなんて表現と同じく英語学習者は冗長に感じるかもしれませんが、日本人と英語を話す人との間のコミュニケーションを考えるとこの冗長さは不可欠だと思います。「びわLake」といきなり言われてもピンときませんが、「びわこLake」といわれれば「琵琶湖」を指しているなと英語を知らない日本人でもわかるからです。英語教師は正確さのことで頭がいっぱいのようですが、異文化コミュニケーションを意識したやり取りも大切な気がします。

Ride Japan’s Newest Bullet Train Line
Photograph by mikecranephotography.com/Alamy
Tokyo to Hokuriku, Japan

Be among the first to ride the 281-mile-long Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet-train line connecting Tokyo and Kanazawa, a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art. The new service launches March 14 and extends the existing Tokyo-to-Nagano high-speed railway line west by 143 miles. Sleek bullet trains whisk passengers at speeds of up to 160 miles an hour between Tokyo and Kanazawa in about two and a half hours (one-way). The trip includes spectacular views when crossing through the Japan Alps and along the Sea of Japan. Located on the less visited north-central coast of Honshu, Japan’s main island, Kanazawa and the surrounding Hokuriku region harbor a wealth of natural and cultural treasures, including national parks and natural hot springs, traditional Japanese art and crafts such as lacquerware and gold leaf, samurai and geisha heritage districts, castles and ancient ruins, and historic farming and fishing villages.

How to Get Around: Buy a Japan Rail (JR) Pass before your trip. Designed specifically for foreign visitors, the pass provides one, two, or three weeks of unlimited travel on most Japan Rail routes, including Hokuriku Shinkansen. The JR Pass is also valid on most local bus routes and on the Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho Station. Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen Kanazawa from Tokyo to Kanazawa Station. From Kanazawa, use local buses and trains to travel around the region.

Where to Stay: The eight-room Sumiyoshiya ryokan (traditional inn) in Kanazawa’s city center (a 20-minute walk from the train station) has been welcoming guests for more than 300 years. Rates include breakfast and communal hot baths (separate men’s and women’s baths). Onsite bike rentals and the efficient local bus system make it easy to visit popular attractions such as the Omi-cho Market and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.


外国人向けのJapan Rail (JR) Passが羨ましくてしようがないです。面白いなと思ったのは以下の、川端康成の「雪国」を紹介していたところです。金沢は山間の温泉地じゃないですけどいいんでしょうか。。。

What to Read Before You Go: Nobel Prize-winning writer Yasunari Kawabata’s internationally acclaimed Snow Country (Yukiguni) (Vintage, English edition, 1996) is set at an isolated hot spring in the Japan Alps and opens with a train emerging from a tunnel into the snowbound backcountry.

せっかくなんで、Amazonで英訳を確認してみます。

国境の長いトンネルを抜けると雪国であった。夜の底が白くなった。信号所に汽車が止まった。
向側の座席から娘が立って来て、島村の前のガラス窓を落とした。雪の冷気が流れこんだ。娘は窓いっぱいに乗り出して、遠くへ叫ぶように、「駅長さあん、駅長さあん。」
明かりをさげてゆっくり雪を踏んで来た男は、襟巻で鼻の上まで包み、耳に帽子の毛皮を垂れていた。

The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country. The earth lay white under the night sky. The train pulled up at a signal stop.
A girl who had been sitting on the other side of the car came over and opened the window in front of Shimamura. The snowy cold poured in. Leaning far out the window, the girl called to the station master as though he were a great distance away.
The station master walked slowly over the snow, a lantern in his hand. His face was buried to the nose in a muffler, and the flaps of his cap were turned down over his face.

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