Fun Link Friday: Japan’s Invisible Trains

As always, Japan leads the way in its railway technology and inventive designs. It was recently announced that the Seibu Railway company intends to build a train with an ultra-reflective design that will be (almost) invisible to onlookers. Science Alert reported:

Designed by architect Kazuyo Sejima from the Japanese firm Sanaa, who recently received a Pritzker Prize – the Nobel Prize of architecture – the train won’t be completely invisible (obviously), but super-reflective. Basically, it blends into its surroundings by reflecting them off its pristine mirrored surfaces.

What makes this project a bit more promising than some of the ambitious things architects have been coming up with recently is the fact that the design can be applied to existing trains.

Seibu Railway Co. has given Sejima permission to redesign the exterior and interior of its Red Arrow express commuter train, to commemorate its 100th anniversary.

Sounds pretty amazing to me! Check out the video below and the original article here for more details. Happy friday!

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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