Our first major rail ride. Damn wish they were like this in the UK. Airline type seats but with first class leg room. The journey went quickly, helped by bento box meals and watching 4 animke episodes on the laptop.

One thing that really stuck in my mind was when the guard came in to check our tickets. He walked to the front of the carriage, bowed, introduced himself, and then proceeded to perform the check. Afterwards, before moving on, he bowed once more. The other staff (selling bento boxes, drinks, and ice cream) also did the bowing.