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Tobu 1800 series train ran for the last time(東武1800系ラストラン)

Tobu 1800 series train is the train owned by Tobu Railway, one of the major private railways in Japan. The trains were manufactured for Express "Ryomo" from 1969 to 1987. But, they has become obsolete more than 30 years since its debut . E…

Why do they imitate richer people?

Amalia Ulman's Instagram performance exposed the flaws in selfie culture https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/amalia-ulman-instagram-excellences-perfections/index.htmlThough SNS like Instagram urges users to behave as if they were affluen…

Why don't you pay attention to water?

edition.cnn.comBasically, if you remember "tap water is not drinkable without boiling", you won't get sick caused by water contamination. In addition to it, it's scientifically shown that pool water is more polluted than water in toilet. S…

Why do they focus on FGT now?

Kintetsu struggles on Free Gauge Train www.asahi.com(Translation starts) Kintetsu, One of the major private railways in Japan, unveiled their plan to research on Free Gauge Train, which can runs through different gauge tracks. According to…

Why is it always bad?

edition.cnn.comIt won't be better for Moon Jae-in to hurl bottles in which intimidating messages against Kim Jong-Un regime is written. But, it won't be an issue to hurl ones filled with rice, seeds, or any other kind of commodities used i…

Why it's not cost-effective to build solar panels on desert?

Morocco's megawatt solar plant powers up https://edition-m.cnn.com/2016/02/08/africa/ouarzazate-morocco-solar-plant/index.htmlOne of the problems with building solar plants on desert is that solar panels won't be able to generate enough el…

Why does MTR expand its developmental scheme?

MTR to bring rail and property development model to Europe http://www.metro-report.com/news/news-by-region/europe/single-view/view/mtr-to-bring-rail-and-property-development-model-to-europe.htmlHong Kong's MTR is not the first railway comp…

Why isn't there easternmost nor westernmost?

The world's most extreme airports https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/most-extreme-airports-world/index.htmlI wanted the auther to write easternmost airport and westernmost airport. You might say "What's the definition of easternmost an…

Why is it important to select politicians by election?

edition.cnn.comAs we know, some militarized groups in Iraq has tried to oust conventional government many times. They think that it's the best way to make this world better, because of lack of democracy concept. It will be caused by lack o…

Why do they build loop line in barren land?

South Xinjiang loop line approved http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/south-xinjiang-loop-line-approved.htmlBy completion of this rail, it will be possible to move between Xinjiang and Tibet directly. Though it's been diffi…

Why is it a travelers' way?

edition.cnn.comIt will be true that travellers emit much more carcon while traveling with the expansion of global tourism. But, some of the assumptions are dubious. For example, the quote "It has been suggested that people consume more pro…

Why is it easy for them to be naked?

Paris museum opens its doors to nudists https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/paris-nudist-museum-day/index.htmlI wonder why Westerners can take off clothes in front of opposite sex without hesitation. Especially for young men, it will be…

Why can we stop lava?

People have tried to stop lava from flowing. This is why they failed https://edition-m.cnn.com/2018/05/08/us/hawaii-roads-volcano-lava/index.htmlIf we predict how much heat energy is generated during eruption, it's possible to prepare for …

Why do they start from lighting?

London Liverpool street lighting upgrade http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/technology/single-view/view/london-liverpool-street-lighting-upgrade.htmlTo contribute to environment, it's one of the easy ways for railway companies to replace o…

Why can it be one mega city?

edition.cnn.comHong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge seems to be one of the strategies to make cities along Pearl River one metropolitan city. It means it's birth of the world's most populated metropolitan area. Surely, it will be possible to visi…

Why is eating drinking?

Hong Kong's best dim sum: How to yum cha like a Cantonese https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/best-hong-kong-dim-sum/index.htmlThe last sentence reminds me of how to tell a waiter it's time to pay in English. I've said "Check!" overseas…

Why don't you take the second airport rail in Kuala Lumpur?

Second airport rail link opens in Kuala Lumpur http://www.metro-report.com/news/news-by-region/asia-pacific-ex-china/single-view/view/second-airport-rail-link-opens-in-kuala-lumpur.htmlAfter Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, and Bangk…

Why is it the first time in Japan to allow gambling?

Casino giants itching to place bets on Japan https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Business-Trends/Casino-giants-itching-to-place-bets-on-Japan?utm_source=paid.outbrain.com&utm_campaign=BA%20JPN&utm_medium=referralJapan's biggest actual casino …

Why is it a supreme journey to cruise on the sleeper coaches?

Riding the world's most luxurious train with the visionary designer who built it https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/cruise-train-seven-stars-japan/index.htmlThe designer said "I got inspiration from Orient Express." and "Japanese have t…

Why is it inconvenient to live in a higher floor of skyscraper?

Dubai's Burj Khalifa: Inside the world's tallest building https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/burj-khalifa-dubai-guide/index.htmlAs is often the case with skyscrapers, it's difficult to assign each tenant to each company. Higher floors …

Why is it suffering for libraries to survive?

edition.cnn.comThe main function of library had been source of information before invention of media and Internet. But, especially after expansion of Internet, its worth has been comparatively declining. So, libraries have to think about h…

Japan's 3rd largest mega city plans to add new station next to its central station

www.nikkei.com (Translation) On April 29, Nagoya City revealed that the authority is going to initiate actual step to launch a new station between Nagoya and Fushimi on Municipal Subway Higashiyama Line. Takashi Kawamura, Mayor of the city…

Why don't you choose transferring?

edition.cnn.comRather than boarding long haul flight, I prefer hopping cities by transferring short distance airplanes. But, it's possible when airplane flys above continent or large island. Between Singapore and New York, there seems to b…

Why doesn't Amtrak need additional train service?

Amtrak should focus on medium-distance corridors, says Anderson http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/amtrak-should-focus-on-medium-distance-corridors-says-anderson.htmlAs Anderson says, Amtrak should focus on intercity servi…

Why Korea summit is also interesting for rail fan?

edition.cnn.comFor travellers like me, one of the most interesting thing is possibility to travel in N.Korea without accompanied guidance after unification of both Korea. Especially, trains running through between North and South are expec…

Why don't you take the brand-new intercity trains in New Zealand?

Rail boost in Auckland transport plan http://www.metro-report.com/news/suburban-commuter/single-view/view/rail-boost-in-auckland-transport-plan-1.htmlI was surprised at the quote "MOT and Waikato Regional Council’ to look at the viability …

Why do kids check their weight?

Kids as young as 5 concerned about body image https://edition-m.cnn.com/2015/02/13/living/feat-body-image-kids-younger-ages/index.htmlI remember that girls in my classroom were embarrassed to show their results of physical strength check, …

Why are there much more suburban trains?

Qingdao opens Line 11 http://www.metro-report.com/news/metro/single-view/view/qingdao-opens-line-11.htmlRecent trend among China's metro is inauguration of suburban rails. It means each metro company can afford to build suburban railways a…

Why don't you take train for Czech ski resort?

www.railwaygazette.comHarrachov seems to be ski resort for Czech citizens(and also for Polish?). So, Will there be storage for ski gear on the train to let ski goers board the train conveniently?By the way, It just takes 2 hours to get to …