High-speed rail marks its 50th anniversary in Japan in 2014, with six main lines that serve most of the archipelago nation. One of them, the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, will extend to the Sea of Japan in 2015.
Operator JR East has started testing its Series E7 bullet train, which will eventually run from Tokyo to Kanazawa on the west coast. While not the fastest train in the fleet at a top speed of 160 mph, its looks have already generated many fans.
Industrial designer Ken Okuyama worked on the look of the Series E7 bullet train, which has an ivory exterior, blue roof and nose, and bronze trim. The overall aesthetic represents traditional crafts along the train's route.