Public Spaces

The new Genbi Shikansen is the “fastest museum” yet conceived. Running close to 210 km/h down Japan Railway’s Joetsu Shinkansen line, it allows the passengers to relax in an art-clad environment during their 54 minute ride between Echigo-Yuzawa and Niigata stations. Eight contemporary artists were tapped to decorate the six cars with their artwork, ranging from photography (Mika Ninagawa), paintings (Kentaro Kobuke), fabric (Nao Matsumoto), video work (Brian Alfred and Aki Inomata) and, perhaps most befittingly, a plastic train rail installation (Paramodel). In addition, the train is equipped with a nursery for children, and a café that offers local Niigata snacks and coffee.

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