Trains and railways are a big deal in Japan. The country is home to one of the most efficient, and crowded, train systems in the world – they’re rarely delayed by more than a few seconds. However, in an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus, we’re staying home and avoiding public transport as much as we can.
Here’s how to get your railway fix at home. Hanshin Railway, the train line that connects Osaka and Kobe, has released colouring pages of famous landmarks along its tracks. Fulfill your wanderlust by colouring in some of western Japan’s most popular scenes, including Kobe’s Motomachi Station and the iconic red port tower.
Does the name Hanshin Railway sound familiar? The train company also owns Osaka’s baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers, which also has a colouring page here.
Kobe, a port city filled with Japanese and Western cultural influences, is unfortunately overlooked by tourists shuttling between Osaka and Tokyo. Explore the retro Sannomiya, which is filled with shopping arcades, and then move on to the cable cars of Mt Rokko.
For an off-the-beaten path destination, Amagasaki is an industrial town outside of Osaka known for its temples and a re-creation of the 16th century Amagasaki Castle.
Not sure where to start? Hanshin Railways has enlisted art teacher Keiko Tonuchi to demonstrate art techniques for beginners. With her videos, you’ll learn how to paint the sky, sea, Amagasaki Castle and other landmarks on the colouring pages.
Find the colouring pages and video tutorials here.
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