๐Ÿš„ Thoughts on the Shinkansen by Nikola Ancevski


I was very impressed by he Japanese version of the bullet train. There are many differences with the french version I am use to take. I left from Nagoya (photo) to Tokyo and, thanks to the network setup, there was a train every 10 minutes (!).

From the outside, the specific shape of the nose was inspired by the beak of a bird that plunges underwater to catch fishes without splashing to much water, scaring their pray away. The part that connect the train to the electrical lines on the roof, was inspired by the shapes of owls feathers and wings, the bird with the most quiet fly.

All this design so that the train is quiet from the outside and the inside, to be power efficient and to respect the people leaving around the train lines. Nature inspired design has a name: Biomimetics.

Inside the train, the room for your legs is so wide that passengers can overlap other passengers without bothering them to stand up from their seats. It was very comfortable for my 186 cm and I am taller than Japanese โ€œstandardsโ€. Thatโ€™s probably done in order to allow the seat to flip the other way around as at every terminal, a railway employee turns the sit to face the runway. Yes, just like in a plane, everybody is seated facing the direction where the train goes. I love this kind of small thoughts ๐Ÿ˜

This is me stretching and I sit on the tip of my seat. Very comfortable.

This is me stretching and I sit on the tip of my seat. Very comfortable.

Itโ€™s wider than business class in most airlines company and here I sit in 2nd Class

Itโ€™s wider than business class in most airlines company and here I sit in 2nd Class

Smoking booth with a view, on a second trip, I could see the fuji mountain having a cigarette at +300km/h

Smoking booth with a view, on a second trip, I could see the fuji mountain having a cigarette at +300km/h

Like in airplanes, you have a someone selling snacks passing by from time to time, but also WIFi access, very clean toilets and bonus for smokers, there is small, smell-less smoking booths. ๐Ÿšฌ

All this comfort isnโ€™t overly expensive. Actually, prices are quite similar with the french TGV. For the similar trip it cost 56-75โ‚ฌ in France vs 72โ‚ฌ booked and 68โ‚ฌ without booking. But in France, if you walk-in a train last minute, it might cost you double the price even if the train is half empty. Also, I already witness overbooked trains in France, the company assuming that some customers will miss or donโ€™t take the train. In Japan: 1 seat = 1 ticket. Overbooking is, therefore, a complete no way.

There is many other things I can tell and compare, but I think thatโ€™s enough. I just want to add I loved this other little made in Japan experience, where you feel that the human is in the center of a concept. You end up travelling in a very nice train, great engineering, outrageous investment but yet decent priced.

Nothing annoys me more than this capitalist mentality to perpetually decrease company costs to exponentially increase rentability. Thatโ€™s how you end up with low-cost companies treating you like livestock.

Well, this doesnโ€™t really exist here. Well done Japan ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Japanese Craftswomen Meeting by Nikola Ancevski

Today I was invited to a gathering of craftswomen near Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture. It was a great opportunity to meet craftswomen and be familiarised with traditional techniques.


The craftswomen gathered to have a photo-shoot for their common communication, both in their working clothe and kimono. Therefore, the meeting took place at a Kimono tailor.

They all brought some of their working material,  their technique was impressive.

It's a shame they where very busy with two other photographers. I wish I had time to take more photographs of them while they were explaining their working. Their was too little place for one more photographer.

Good thing is at least I have met them, I am looking forward to visit them at their workshops.


Aya getting dressed up by the tailor.

Of course I also asked to try one kimono too!! What an experience, I was wearing it for the first time of my life, Marianne my friend back in Tokyo said I was such a clichรฉ posing in Kimono with Japanese girls!! ๐Ÿ˜ I don't care Marianne!!

Thank you Asuka, Hiroe and Yasuda-san for your support during this trip in Mie Prefecture!

I will write another post when I will get to meet them so that I will explain more in-depth each of their crafts.

See you soon ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ

Who's looking like a samurai ๐Ÿ˜‰

Who's looking like a samurai ๐Ÿ˜‰

Santorini is over by Nikola Ancevski

My work in Santorini is finished for now, I am very thankful to all my friends with whom I had so many good times, I dedicated an album with few portraits called Face of Oia to them.

I want to send a special thanks to Elpida Manousogiannaki and to Maria Dentopoulou because without them I would probably never stayed so long and had so many special moments on the island.

Thank you very much, Maria, what you did to help me really means to me, I will never forget it.

Now I am very excited to go to Paris for a couple of days and I really look forward to my trip in Japan ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต