The 22-year-old Chuo Line trains are not long for this world I fear... and when they are replaced with newer types, it is certain that they will not have windows that open at the bottom as on the current Chuo Line trains. And so the days of being able to open the window and hang your head out in the wind a little - out there in the real world, will be gone. They are practically gone already actually - I was getting some very strange looks when I leaned out the window to take pictues:
I just don't understand people - they suffer in a sealed box, painfully waiting for the transit purgatory to end and their freedom to come when the doors open and they can escape the box. With an open window, the trip at speed is fun! The wind rushes in; the clacking/screeching/grinding of steel on steel is heard; the sounds of the night come in from place to place.... I'm of the opinion that it's better to live in the world than to shut it out with sealed windows and refrigeration. Why are people afraid of the wind?
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon