Tsukuba Express begins service

tsukuba express

We've all seen the pictures from Japan: some guy wearing white gloves shoving people into a train so the doors can close. Yes, the Japanese take their trains quite seriously. That's why when the new Tsukuba Express line that runs from Akihabara (in Tokyo) to Tsukuba (of racing fame, in Ibaraki) began service yesterday, over 300 people stood in the rain, camera in hand, to be onboard for the train's maiden voyage. Why would we care? The Tsukuba Express is amongst the first trains in Japan to feature WiFi connectivity. This brings us to our next question: would you really have room to use even a tiny Japanese laptop on a train where there are some 50 people within 3 feet of you?