I have just travelled 400 kilometres on a Japanese bullet train in an hour and 20 minutes, then using my interpreter I asked several Japanese people what they would prefer a fast train or a really fast broadband connection. 98% nominated a fast train.This begs the question, is Australia really screwing up spending billions on fibre optic broadband when we travel at snail pace between our cities.
In Japan, fast clean trains are a way of life and one of the more popular items to come out of Japan last year was Kotobukiya’s “Star Wars” Light Saber chopsticks.
This year the hot product is shinkansen chopsticks, also known as the “Chopstick Express” which take the form of Japan’s famous bullet trains.
Each chopstick is crafted into one long, sleek car that gives the impression of a train rocketing down the tracks, a mere blur to the human eye as it zooms past. Because the form of a chopstick tapers off into a narrow tip, the illusion of perspective is easily created; making this miniature replica appear deceptively long said the Japan Times.
For overseas buyers, Jbox.com (www.jbox.com/PRODUCT/YYN408) is one online merchant that has already sent these special trains to Australia.