April 29th will be a memorable day for many people! Finally, Akita Shinkansen Komachi and Tohoku Shinkansen will be resumed! (Related Post)
The return of lifeline will help Tohoku with much faster recovery. Also, by reconnecting between Morioka and Tokyo, Japan will be finally connected on a single line -- From the southern tip of Kyushu all the way to the northern tip of Honshu Island!
A Project to Welcome the Returning Akita Shinkansen
Last weekend, an interesting project has initiated to celebrate the reopening on April 29. The concept is simple: We welcome back the first arriving Akita Shinkansen Komachi by waving hands, shaking banners, dancing or in any costume or way you like!
The Northern Tohoku Inspired by the southern Kyushu Spirit:
The project was inspired by a JR Kyushu Shinkansen Commercial, which was aired only briefly and called off due to the Tohoku earthquake. To understand the concept, you have to watch this video first:
The recent opening of JR Kyushu Shinkansen had been longed for by the Southern people! The concept was “what matters is not the Shinkansen itself, but it is all the Kyushu people.” The filming gathered more than 10.000 people along the railway to make “a wave and welcome the rainbow-colored bullet train.” Their excitement is as you could feel in the video!
Although this was filmed before the earthquake, it seems as though the spirit of Kyushu Wave has been rippling through to our Tohoku region! The Akita Project has been originally proposed on Twitter ( #komachi115) by a local resident; now it has been spread by many Akita residents!
"4.29 Sakura Komachi 115 Okaerinasai Project"
Many tourism-related groups have been planning events at local stations in Tohoku. Tazawako Tourism Association is one of them; We will be welcoming arriving guests with some surprises at Tazawako Station!
|"Welcome Back, Komachi!"|
For an individual, the Komachi 115 Project invite you to express your excitement by simply waving hands, shaking banners, dancing – in any creative way you could think of !