Friday, 5 January 2018

Shining Fish and Shining Train on the Keisei Line

EMU Keisei 3500 series arrives at Shibamata Station on the Kanamachi Line

Goldfish viewing is one of the Japanese traditional cultures. It was started by feudal lords in the 16th century, when goldfish started to be imported to Japan. About one hundred years later, the rearing of goldfish was started by samurais as their side job in the city of Edo (present day Tokyo). Today, many fish farms are still doing this traditional business in Tokyo, specifically in Katsushika and Edogawa wards.

If you would like to see the goldfish in Tokyo, I recommend you visit Katsushika Ward Goldfish Exhibition, which is located next to Mizumoto Park. You can enjoy a total of 24 kinds of goldfish there including rare Edo-style species such as Edo-madder and Edo-nishiki in the display ponds. They were beautifully shining in the sunlight, when I visited there.

To get to this unique goldfish exhibition, the nearest railway station is Kanamachi on the Keisei-Kanamachi Line. As I posted before, the Keisei-Kanamachi Line is a short local route between Keisei-Takasago and Kanamachi. There are only 3 stations over a total operating length of 2.5 km. The EMU 3500 series is the main fleet on the route, after retirement of the classic model, namely the 3300 series. The 3500 series was launched in 1972 to increase the commuter transportation capacity. A total of 24 sets, 96 units were built by Tokyu Sharyo, Nippon Sharyo and Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Its shining stainless-steel bodies with corrugations are my favorite.

The Shining fish and the shining train, I enjoyed two beautiful shining specialties on the Keisei-Kanamashi Line.

Goldfish in Katsushika Ward Goldfish Exhibition

Official information about the trains on the Keisei Line (in Japanese):