Tuesday, 23 January 2018

2018 New Year Scene on the Keio-Inokashira Line

Kichijoji Station and the EMU Keio 1000 series

Here we are in the middle of winter in Japan. The daytime temperature is lower than 10 degrees Celsius in Tokyo. People tend to stay indoors, but I can't keep still at home on weekends, as it is clear every day in the regions here on the Pacific Ocean.

On New Year's Day, I visited my mother, who lives in Suginami Ward. On the way back home, I saw a beautiful supermoon in the eastern sky from the rooftop garden of Eifuku-cho station building. Supermoon, also known as a perigee full moon, is a unique ‎celestial phenomenon. It is a full moon occurring when the moon passes through the nearest point to the earth in its elliptical orbit. As a result, it was indeed big, bright and fantastically shining.

To get to Eifuku-cho station, I took the Keio-Inokashira Line from Kichijoji terminal. The Inokashira Line is a short commuter route connecting Kichijoji and Shibuya. Its line length is 12.7 km. The track is 1,067 mm-size double. The electric system is 1,500 V DC overhead. I found a special round plate, which celebrates New Year, on the front of the EMU 1000 series. The 1000 series is a sole model on the Inokashira line. Each train set shows a different color on the front mask and the side lines.

2018 is the Year of the Dog, according to the oriental zodiac. Asian people think that the dog is a friendly animal. I hope that people also become friendly to each other in 2018.

Supermoon is seen from Eifuku-cho station building on the Keio Inokashira Line