Japan’s Shinkansen was designed in pursuit of a functional beauty representative of the 21st century.
The guiding concept was to realize the best in holistic design to meet the needs of the times. Making full use of new materials and cutting-edge methods in collaboration with the traditional skills of local artisans, a totally new type of Shinkansen has emerged.
Its impressive dignity and elegance will become emblematic of Kyushu.
The long, streamlined body of the train in black and vermilion evokes the image of a swallow, or tsubame as it is known in Japanese.
The red and gold lines streaming like ribbons represent the passion and pride of Kyushu, and complement the pure-white body of the train.
The latest cabin is unique in its reflection of the traditional craftsmanship of Kyushu.
The 800 Series
- The vestibule area between cars (“The deck”)
- The Tsubame runs through Kyushu’s deep green forests, with the waves of the East China Sea lapping against the shore nearby. Traditional craftsmanship developed by the people living in this area has been incorporated in the Shinkansen’s interior design. For example, the rope curtains in the washrooms have been crafted with igusa rush grown in Yatsushiro.
- Blinds and luggage racks
- 20. The windows are equipped with wooden blinds made from the cherry found in the mountains in Kyushu, which gently softens the light in the cabin. An eco-friendly interior design with the warmth of wood has been incorporated throughout the cabin including the tables under the windows and the wooden luggage racks.