There’s more than one way to get from A to B.
As you can see.
Not all the ways are equal, though.
Sure, walking is pleasant but it’s pretty slow. Some people prefer to get there by bike.
Despite their popularity, there’s no escaping the fact that getting these ways is a little predictable. I mean seriously, walking and biking? Talk about your tired clichés. No, if you’re really looking to get inventive then look to your Japanese history.
There’s lot of good examples of how to move. Boats are one. They used to be pretty popular.
Look at those faces, overflowing with joy they are.
But this doesn’t always go swimmingly.
Some prefer to sit cross-legged on the shoulders of giants.
Or go for the classic swimming horse.
There’s a reason we don’t see these forms of transport these days. Swimming horses and rickshaws have been rendered obsolete by one shining innovation. That’s right. It’s the bullet train.
I’m afraid I’ve got to weigh in with a tedious linguistic point here. I’m not totally enamoured of the name ‘bullet train’. It’s just a crude nickname used in the West, you see. I think it’d be better to begin with the original Japanese word; 新幹線. It has an interesting etymology, so let’s take a closer look at its constituent parts. The first kanji, 新, means “mother”. The second, 幹, is “fuckin’” whilst the final part, 線, is “train”.
Why? Just look at it. That’s why.
It’s faster than walking and probably more comfortable than a swimming horse. It’s all you could want from technology. I could try and say more, but instead I’ll close with this song. It tells you all you need to know.