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When I travel by airplane, I feel myself like an ant going over a patchwork quilt. When I land at my destination, suddenly I meet another world, very different, sometimes very strange world; people, scenery, townscape, habit, food etc. I feel the discontinuity of my space-time. One used to say the high velocity of modern airplane is the reason of this sense of discontinuity. Is it really so? But for me the reason is rather practical. Physically it is the matter of sight, scenes we see from the airplane windows. They are unusual, not similar pictures from our daily life, often a sea of cloud. From the windows of the super express train, $B!H(BShinkansen or TGV$B!I(B, the scenes pass by as fast as flying. But our sight line, height from the ground, is familiar, daily life perspectives. Psychologically, the atmosphere of the airport with its complicated process and long waiting time make us stressed, insecure and uneasy. I think our air systems should be so that we can take the airplane just as we take the bus.
Japan is a nation of earthquakes. We are worried about and fear the earthquake that might come at any moment. The railway system and the express highway system do not match with the earthquakes. For the people of Indonesia and the Hawaiian Islands, the simple easy way of travel by air is given and natural matter. Japan is also a nation of islands. If we would aim to have our country be really democratic, nowhere is especially privileged, we ought to have a simple easy system for travelling that covers all over Japan.
In Japanese railway system, there is a peculiar naming system; a line that goes leaving Tokyo is $B!H(Ba down way line$B!I(B, and that goes towards the direction to Tokyo is always called $B!H(Ban up way line$B!I(B. Very democratic?