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Sunday, June 30, 2013

It happens/И такое бывает

Shinkansen train system, Japanese bullet trains, are famous for their punctuality. The average variation time between the actual and scheduled arrival times is usually not more than forty seconds, for 200-400 miles of travel. But this time, the weather made the train stop in place for almost an hour. The winds of up to 30 meters per second made travel unsafe, so the train had to wait until the winds calmed down. Note for the future: if the train is significantly late, passengers may ask for compensation. Whether they get it or not, is a different story, but they can always ask.

Синкансэны (японские быстрые поезда) знамениты своей пунктуальностью. Средняя величина опоздания/прибытия раньше времени колеблется в пределах сорока секунд. И это на расстоянии в 300-600 километров! Но в этот раз, погода заставила поезд полностью остановиться почти на час. Ветер до 30-ти метров в секунду гнул сосны, и сделал передвижение на поезде на высокой скорости небезопасным. Пришлось ждать почти час, пока ветер немного успокоится. Кстати. заметка себе на будущее: если поезд значительно опоздал, можно пойти в кассу и попросить чтоб вернули деньги за билет. Вернут или нет, это другой вопрос, но попросить всегда можно.


 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

We are not stopping here/Эй прибавь-ка ходу, машинист!

We are not stopping at the Fukushima station, let's keep going!
 
На станции Фукусима нам не надо останавливаться, поехали дальше!
 


In reality, this is a different Fukushima station. I already mentioned before that in Japanese you can spell the same word with different characters. This particular Fukushima station is in the city of Osaka.

На самом деле, это не префектура Фукусима, которая пострадала от ядерного загрязнения. Я уже писал ранее о том, что в японском языке много слов, которые звучат одинаково, но имеют разный смысл. Так и здесь, эта станция Фукусима находится возле города Осака.

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