Genbi Shinkansen: Enjoy the ’World’s Fastest Art Experience’ this Spring!

  • Japan has, undoubtedly, the fastest train in the world known as “shinkansen.” With the coming of times, Japan Railway made a unique bullet train which sticks to a contemporary form of art. The train has been dubbed as Genbi, meaning “Contemporary Beauty” and regarded as the “world’s fastest art appreciation”. It has a stylish black color which has been intricately decorated inside and out.

    The World’s Fastest Art Experience

    Genbi is considered the world’s fastest art experience which is planned to run between Echigo-Yuzawa and Niigata stations. The choice of the location is aimed at increasing the popularity of the train in other parts of Japan while the choice in modern art is related to upcoming Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. The festival is said to be the world’s largest and will be held this coming spring which coincides with the start of Genbi’s operations.


    The decorations on the train have been inspired by contemporary Japanese art by the world’s most prominent artists. The train’s exterior photos have been taken by Mika Ninagawa, a popular Japanese photographer and film director. You can also see huge fireworks photographs at the side of the train which have been taken during the Nagaoka Fireworks Festival. Other contributors include Yosuke Komuta, Kentaro Kobuki, Nao Matsumoto, Haruka Kojin and Brian Alfred.

    The Genbi’s Design


    Genbi has only 103 seats available for passengers. It is regarded to be of small capacity as it is only one-third of the usual number of seats. Windows are only on one side to provide a fashionable asymmetry. It has a total of 6 carriages with one carriage primarily devoted to art’s display. Apart from being a mobile gallery, the train also has a cafe serving coffee with some confectioneries.

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    Genbi train is definitely going to be an artistic way of traveling in Japan. It will be going into service this spring which is a perfect season for art appreciation in the country.



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