Our otaku reporter Seiji rides the slowest practice to Chichibu–and his coworker flips out


What’s so fallacious with taking the native practice to Chichibu?

It’s been 11 years because the launch of the anime Anohana: The Flower We Noticed That Day, a touching story about childhood friendships and loss that’s one among our otaku reporter Seiji Nakazawa’s favorites. The anime is ready in Chichibu, a small, picturesque mountain metropolis within the prefecture of Saitama simply outdoors of Tokyo, and for Seiji, Chichibu is sort of a second hometown. It’s so near his coronary heart that he forgot it wasn’t bodily near him too.

▼ An Anohana poster

However a latest journey to Chichibu to satisfy his editor Go Hatori reminded him simply how distant it’s. By native practice, it will possibly take about two hours from Tokyo’s Ikebukuro Station, since Seibu Chichibu Station is the final station on the Seibu Chichibu Line and probably the most western and most northern station of any Seibu Railway line. The road travels by means of villages and over hills through mountain passes, so going there appears like occurring trip.

The native practice ticket price 786 yen (US$5.85), and because it’s a protracted journey, Seiji boarded the practice for Seibu Chichibu early within the morning to be able to make his assembly with Go. The within was almost empty. The one different passengers within the automotive have been a middle-aged couple, whose drunken bickering might be heard distantly over the lulling catank catank of the automobiles as they rolled over the railroad. The expertise was truly fairly soothing. The silence past silence within the automotive made Seiji marvel if that was what it meant to expertise wabisabi.

So nice was his expertise that, when Seiji arrived at Seibu Chichibu and met up with Go, he started to inform Go all about it. All of a sudden, Go flipped out.

Go: “You dozed off the native practice on the way in which right here? You’re not speculated to journey the native practice! Are you kidding me, man? Critically? Come on.”

Seiji: “Wait…are you mad?”

Go: “I’m not mad. However so long as I’m not mad you received’t perceive, most likely. That’s the place the problem for me lies. Yeah. Properly…ought to I be mad? Yeah.”

Seiji was utterly baffled by his usually even-tempered editor’s indignant mutters. He couldn’t perceive what was so fallacious with taking the native practice. It’s not like he’d arrived late. He’d truly gotten to Seibu Chichibu Station earlier than Go. So why was Go unexpectedly so mad that he stormed again as much as the practice platform with out even taking the time to go away the station and take some footage? Figuring out that our bosses solely ever get mad for our sakes, Seiji determined to ask.

Seiji: “Why are you mad?”

Go: “How may you come to Seibu Chichibu with out using the Tokyu Laview?!”

Seiji: “Sorry…The what?”

Go: “Come on, man! How did you journey from Ikebukuro to Chichibu with out figuring out in regards to the Tokyu Laview? The seats are delicate and comfy and so they include pillows. As soon as it leaves Ikebukuro, it solely stops at 4 stations so it doesn’t even really feel that far to Chichibu! Plus, despite the fact that it’s principally like a bullet practice to Chichibu, it solely prices 710 yen greater than the native practice! You may’t beat that price efficiency. What have been you considering?!”

Seiji: “That does sound like an excellent deal…”

Go: “The craziest factor in regards to the Laview is the home windows. They’re big! They principally go all the way in which right down to your toes, so you may see every part. Your entire higher physique is open to the window, so you’re feeling such as you’re flying over the gorges. The entire level of assembly right here was so we may journey this practice!”

▼ Go, pointing proudly on the Laview’s home windows

Seiji: “So I awoke at 6 a.m. for this?”

Go: “In the event you’d ridden the Tokyu Laview, you most likely may have slept in additional. What sort of fool involves Chichibu with out using the Laview?!”

It was now clear to Seiji that Go was so seduced by the charms of the Tokyu Laview that he was outraged that somebody would even contemplate coming to Chichibu with out using it. So with out even leaving the station…

Go dragged Seiji onto the following Laview

And so they rode the luxurious liner residence collectively.

“Ah…so comfy.”

So the following time you resolve to go to Chichibu, whether or not to expertise their gorgeous icicle world in winter or the colourful show of pink moss fields within the spring (like on the Mt. Fuji shibazakura fields), be sure you journey the luxurious liner Laview, lest Go hears about it and provides you an earful.

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