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Railway Pica-Pica Carrier

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Finger snacks in cellophane packs are tied to a thick wire that is formed like a bag handle for easy carrying on a packed and moving train. Now from a passenger’s perspective, it is easy to see different sort of pica-pica available for sale.

Railway Boxed Lunch

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The store that sells bian dang (boxed lunch) at the railway station

Twice in separate days I bought TRA’s (Taiwan Railways Administration) carton boxed lunch at the train station for the purpose of convenience and experience. Going around Taipei and its neighboring towns via Metro and TRA, I’ve observed and verified by myself that it’s very handy to buy boxed lunch at the stations and then have a quiet meal on park benches or any seating one can find in public spaces.

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Another TRA boxed lunch store

The boxed lunch typically consists of pork chop, tofu, rice, stir fried vegetables, and stewed egg. At NT$60 it was satisfying and simply delicious. I ate my bian dang (local term for railway boxed lunch) on a bench in Houtong, a cat village in Ruifang District. I also had bian dang on a bench in the grounds of Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall before touring this monumental memorial.

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This one has English signage

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Boxed lunches are usually located near the checkout counter

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Yet another boxed lunch store. The TRA logo is an indication

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One of the many passengers who bought bian dang

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The carton lunch box dimension is similar to that of paperback pocketbook

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Stewed egg, rice, stir fried vegetables, tofu, and pork chop

Rail Vehicle Adoration

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Japanese have very deep attachment to trains. They are even experts in making them such as this shinkansen

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The view from Asukayama Park. People love train watching

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From where I'm standing, there's picnic table and those trees below have been felled so as not to obstruct the railroad view, presumably. Obviously this spot in Asukayama park is intended for train viewing

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Little boys are crazy over trains. This father and son in Minami-senju are waiting for trains to pass in the multiple tracks below

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What the father and son are viewing

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Antique steam locomotive on the left and a non-working streetcar on the right in a children's playground. Kids are free to go inside and play pretend

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Tin tram toy (streetcar)

Tokyo Station

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Such a beautiful railway station structure , a terminal hub for several lines from the Tokyo Metro to regional lines (JR including shinkansen).

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Tokyo prefecture itself is vast already but I’ve noticed that there are quite a number of employees who work in Tokyo but live outside the metropolis, in Chiba Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, among others.

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Travel time is more or less an hour for nearby prefectures in the Kanto region and everyday, every train arrive and depart as scheduled.

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Even though train fare (or transportation fare in general) is expensive as compared to food in Japan, however its efficiency and predictable arrival time to one’s destination (including multiple transfers between subway and JR) is all worth it. Only a fool (or stupidly rich as what one Japan article refer to) would ride the terribly expensive taxi (even from Narita airport). Unless maybe you’d want to pay for the experience of taxi doors opening and closing by itself (yes I’ve seen it myself without riding one).

Manners Campaign

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I love the illustrated signs in Japan. At Tsuchiura train station they have this manners campaign poster and this is just one example of the many illustrated signs that are seen in public places.

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