Japan’s newest Shinkansen / bullet train has the shape of a suppository and the gay-as-in-fun color scheme of pale green for the upper half and white for the lower half, separated by a “flowery” pink stripe.
Compare the original 1964 O-Series with this new E5 Series Shinkansen.
New shinkansen to travel at record 320 kph
2009feb04 – The Mainichi Daily News
The new shinkansen bullet train that East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) has designed will travel at 320 kilometers per hour (kph) and has a long nose with a colorful body…The new model will have a 15-meter pointed front. The upper part of the body will be green to match the evergreen trees that dot the line, and its white lower body will give an image of white clouds. Flowery pink will be used in the middle.
Besides increased speed, one of the E5 Series 1st-class cars will designated a “Super Green Car”, featuring 18 power-reclining “shell” seats in a 2+1 abreast configuration and special stewardesses as shown below.
Other features of the include the following (click to enlarge 640×487 pixels).
However, the new E5’s most distinctive feature besides its suppository shape is its “Mickey Mouse Ears” emergency air brakes.
3Yen.com June 2005–Mickey Mouse’s new Bullet Train
To see the transformation from the original 1964 O-Series “Bullet Train” all the way to this new E5 Series, check out these photos from Wikipedia.