“Dirty windows and boredom”: Japanese appreciated the trip along the Trans-Siberian Railway

Traveling along the Trans-Siberian Railway, as a rule, enthralling foreign tourists, was a disappointment to Japanese journalist Mititaki Hattori, who wrote an article about this in the Asahi Shimbun publication.




The journalist disagrees with the fact that many Japanese people like traveling along the Trans-Siberian Railway, which he calls the "aorta of Russia."

In his opinion, trips along the longest railway in the world are "not so good."

According to Hattori, foggy or dirty windows in cars prevent enjoying the scenery. As for the landscapes themselves, they did not live up to the expectations of a Japanese journalist:

In general, species practically do not change: everywhere monotonous and endless fields.


In addition, the Japanese were prevented from observing the landscapes by planting trees along the railroad bed, planted back in the days of the Soviet Union to protect against the damaging effects of the wind.

Summarizing, Hattori expressed the opinion that such a trip is good to make in the company of like-minded people, since the need to spend the night for several days in the same compartment with strangers, he said, is exhausting.

There are so many people, so many opinions, but in the case of a Japanese journalist, this is more of an exception confirming the rule: most foreigners still like Russian Railways cars, landscapes, and the experience of staying with Russians in tight spaces.
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  1. SERGEY SERGEEVICS 10 November 2019 11: 52
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    “Dirty windows and boredom”: Japanese appreciated the trip along the Trans-Siberian Railway

    His words are more like a mishandled Cossack.

    ... the Japanese were prevented from planting trees along the railroad tracks,

    And what is this all about? What kind of trees can there be on railway tracks (for safety reasons), maybe he confused them with the fields where they were planted from protecting crops?
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  2. Fourth Horseman Offline
    Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 10 November 2019 14: 15
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    Mititaki will agree ...
    Then they will whine, so that we return Hokkaido to them ...
  3. Potapov Offline
    Potapov (Valery) 10 November 2019 15: 34
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    Always loved to ride the Trans-Siberian Railway. Not a second of the same landscape ...
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    gorenina91 (Irina) 10 November 2019 16: 12
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    A kind of fable of I. Krylov "Fox and grape" in the Japanese interpretation ...
    - This Japanese looks at the endless Russian open spaces; looks at the day, looks at the other, etc ... - And he thinks - "Eh, and the fate of the Japanese drove to these damned meager islands ... - and here you go, you go and there are endless open spaces - you can go for a week and you won’t get there ... -and even forests, and oil, and gas ...- these Russians have more than enough ...- like in a fairy tale ... "... - And all this can only be" licked "... - All the same, the Japanese will not get ...
    - So the windows for him immediately became “foggy”, and the landscape was completely “monotonous” ...- in short - a solid “green grape” ...- Hahah ...
  5. 123 Online
    123 (123) 10 November 2019 16: 17
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    ... foggy or dirty windows in wagons make it difficult to enjoy the scenery. As for the landscapes themselves, they did not live up to the expectations of the Japanese journalist ..... planting trees along the railway prevented the Japanese from observing the landscapes ..... it is good to make such a trip in the company of like-minded people.

    Not a problem, come next year, we will clean the windows, cut down the trees, change the landscape, we will pick up three more of the same ever-dissatisfied whiners and put the sake beaker on the table. drinks We can even borrow an armored train from Kim Jong In for such a case. If only you smiled. smile For us, the main thing is to appease the dear Hattori, the entire transport artery has only been built for you, we can still drop off the remaining passengers and stop the freight trains. hi
    Did he confuse the railroad with the attraction, or was he told that it was a cruise line? sad
  6. Sapsan136 Offline
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 11 November 2019 10: 37
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    You might think that Japan is fun and clean everywhere ... Let this kamikaze not come to Russia, let’s not get bored.
  7. DimerVladimer Offline
    DimerVladimer (Dmitry Vladimirovich) 11 November 2019 13: 29
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    Well, it’s wretched with us, the railway is outdated - you can’t compare it with Shinkansen, the comfort and living in cars is archaic. You just need to swell along the way - immediately the landscapes are filled with colors :)
    But the expanses are endless and people are good.
  8. Bess Offline
    Bess 11 November 2019 21: 11
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    From Novosib to Vladivostok he once rode in a SV carriage with the Swedes. At each station, the Swedes went to the platform with a bucket of water and a mop, wiped the windows in their compartment. So I agree with the Japanese.
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    Bess 11 November 2019 21: 15
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    I also remembered how, after the World Cup in football, an Argentine fan was asked what you did not like most in Russia? The answer was - wagons.
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    Monster_Fat (What's the difference) 12 November 2019 00: 59
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    Here is a real star. I had to travel a lot on the railways of many countries. The European ones are punctual, but the cars there are mostly sedentary, those with sleeping places — narrow and short shelves for lying — I personally can lie on them only with a curl. American long-distance trains have comfortable compartments, much more comfortable than European, but not much more comfortable than Russian ones. Recently, the Chinese have been using capsule wagons on some Beijing-Lhasa trains — very comfortable, but this is far from everywhere, on most lines, wagons are a la USSR. Japanese cars are sedentary, as high-speed trains and any island of Japan can be traveled in 5-6 hours. Moreover, Japanese trains have one feature - they also have standing places. So, at rush hour, they are full of gum and in different cities heaps of people go out and in. Very similar to our metro. Obviously, the Jap got used to such a crush, so he’s "bored" ....