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Riding Japan's bullet train


The long, sleek train reeked of speed as it pulled into Tokyo station.

I was finally going to ride Japan’s world-famous “bullet train” at speeds over 100 miles an hour. It was difficult to reference speeds on rails of such proportions.

I was traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto, and later to Osaka, a total distance of some 375 miles.

This was to be new to me of rail travel for a number of reasons — the speed, of course, but also for the absence of the constant clickety clack of the wheels of the train passing over the joints of the rails beneath, and indeed for the luxury.

I learned quickl...

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