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Flower Nagai Line's Tatsuo Asakura
Hiya! In this week's Judit Kawaguchi's column Words to Live by I introduced wonderful Tatsuo Asakura san who is a train driver in Yamagata prefecture, on the super-scenic Flower Nagai Line.
P1030694 train small
IMG_9565 eki
That's him in front of Nagai station. He is a local hero who saved the little train from bankruptcy but he told me that to secure the company's future, they need a lot more revenue. So he was in Tokyo recently, visiting travel agencies to gather more tourists for his beloved Flower Nagai Line. He thinks they need another 30,000 visitors a year so gather your friends and go take a ride! You will love every minute of it!
Flower Nagai Line on Wikipedia
Flower Nagai Line Japanese website
We met for the first time this June when I was filming in Yamagata prefecture for NHK TV's Out& About TV show.
I wish I were on it right now, right next to these cute regular passengers: IMG_9551 gent
IMG_9552 lady
This obaachan told me that she takes the Flower Nagai Line to see her doctor and the trip only costs her a few hundred yen but a cab ride would be about 10 times more expensive, about 7000 yen! Imagine! So she hopes more tourists pour in and keep the company afloat forever. Me, too! See me on the tracks? The line rides smack in the middle of rice and wheat fields and unless you have a car or a bicycle, all you can do here is walk!
IMG_9472 tracks
Nagai station has tatami mats! I think that is the first station I have ever seen with wide tatami mats so the passengers can take a nice nap while they are waiting. IMG_9558 tatami eki nagai
IMG_9483 us in yamagata
Here we are in Yamagata with Asakura san and in Tokyo station, holding up his book, map and the "world's longest calendar" that he created with the help of his two friends, Mr Ito and Mr Nomura. Great job, guys!
IMG_9853 books
They sell them online for 500 yen a pop on the site. I have all three of them and the design rocks! Highly recommended!
Thanks again for visiting and till next time, keep on training! JK




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