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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Get A Look At Japan's Invisible Train

I can see how, on the one hand this might appear to be a ghostly green solution... but then again... pow!

Japanese architect Sejima Kazuyo has built a hyper-reflective train that is virtually invisible, allowing it to blend in with its surroundings as it barrels through the picturesque Japanese countryside, and concrete urbanside (is that a word? It is now).

“The limited express travels in a variety of different sceneries, from the mountains of Chichibu to the middle of Tokyo, and I thought it would be good if the train could gently co-exist with this variety of scenery,” Sejima says via her press release.

Seijima was hired to design the trains as part of Japanese railway company Seibu Holding’s 100th anniversary for use on the company’s Red Arrow commuter train.

The reflective surface has previously been used by Sejima on buildings, such as Le Louvre Lens Museum in France.

Even though the train’s revolutionary exterior sets it apart from the average commuter rail service, the architect hopes the inside will lend itself to an enjoyable experience for riders.

“I also would like it to be a limited express where large numbers of people can all relax in comfort, in their own way, like a living room, so that they think to themselves ‘I look forward to riding that train again.’”

The reflective train is set to hit the tracks around Tokyo in 2018.

Good luck seeing it.

My only complaint - and one not brought up in other media, is that if this so-called invisible train blends in so well, could this not cause issues for cars and trucks that have to pass over the train tracks?

Hmmm... looks clear - Smasharoo!

Oh well... I'm sure that'll never happen.

Andrew Joseph


  1. I would think more of like birds and other animals would just smash into it from not seeing it.

    1. Yeah, buddy, I thought about that too! It happens all the time with the glass skyscraper buildings... apparently in some places where it is bad, workers go around in the morning and scoop up all the dead birds. I was trying to think of a Wonder Woman joke for this article, but couldn't come up with one without having to stray so very far away from the topic. Damn.