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Pokemon Sun and Moon Coming for the Holidays

As we sit here on the day before the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Pokemon franchise, Nintendo has some new Pokemon related announcements. The big one is, of course, the next new Pokemon games in the series, Pokemon Sun & Moon. You can see the brief statement about the new games here1.

Pokemon Sun And Moon Coming For The Holidays

Coming in Q4 2016

While the setting and new features slated for Pokemon Sun & Moon are yet to be announced, we do know that they will link into the Pokemon Bank application2 available for the Nintendo 3DS series, which will allow players to move their Pokemon from Pokemon X & Y and Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire to the new title. In addition, the revised versions of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow3, the original generation which started it all back in 1996, and which should be available in the 3DS store tomorrow, will also connect into Pokemon Bank.

Pokemon Sun And Moon Coming For The Holidays

A diagram from the presentation, so it must be true! This will allow you to catch the original 151 Pokemon well, not Mew, but the other ones in the initial setting and then bring them into the current generation of games.

Pokemon Sun And Moon Coming For The Holidays

Coming to the Virtual Console February 27, 2016

It will be a one way trip from Pokemon Red, Blue, or Yellow, but you might as well catch them there, as we still have most of the year left to wait until Pokemon Sun & Moon come our way. I have been waiting for this announcement for a while now, as we seemed due for a new Pokemon release announcement. I guess waiting for the anniversary makes sense.

The questions that remain for me include, which of the original three should I grab, will I be able to endure a 20 year old version of Pokemon, and will I finally finish up Pokemon Alpha Sapphire before the Discount Holidays © holiday launch of the new titles?

And, if you re dying for more Pokemon history, Polygon has a Pokemon timeline posted4 covering the last 20 years.

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References

  1. ^ here (www.pokemon.com)
  2. ^ Pokemon Bank application (www.pokemon.com)
  3. ^ revised versions of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow (www.pokemon.com)
  4. ^ Pokemon timeline posted (www.polygon.com)

Types of train in Japan

There are many types of train in Japan, some fast, some slower than other. Knowing types of train will get you to your destination faster. Let s explore it together in our blog today! While travelling to Japan, I mainly used JR Yamanote line, and only it. So I did not notice the different trains in Tokyo.

Of course, coming here as a student, I got pretty confused with all the trains as I have to travel to/from Tokyo for school and work.

Train operators
I am used to public transport in Melbourne, where the whole train system is owned by one operator. However in Japan, regarding to trains only, there are;

  • JR lines,
  • Keio lines,
  • Odakyu lines,
  • Keisei lines,
  • Tokyo metro,
  • Hankyuu lines (Kansai region),
  • Keihan line
  • Kintetsu line
  • Meitetsu line
  • Tokyu lines,

etc .etc ..

Keio line, Semi-express train

Types Of Train In JapanKeio train Semi-express

In small stations, platforms for lines operated by different companies are located quite close to each other so that it would be convenient for commuters. But main stations such as Tokyo, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Shibuya or Yokohama, you would have to prepare extra time when you have to connect to different trains.

The most dramatic experience I had is running around Tokyo station, trying to transfer from JR Yamanote line to JR Keiyo line on my way to Tokyo Disneyland. Although I already knew Tokyo station is large and confusing, I still got lost while making transfer to a uncommon line. Harajuku station is a confusing too as JR station and Metro station are not connected to each other. Therefore, take note of which lines you will use, especially if you used train station as a meeting point. Instead of Harajuku , it s better to say JR Harajuku to distinguish it with the Metro Harajuku (usually called Meijijinguumae station).

This will definitely make it clearer and easier for other people to find you.

Types Of Train In JapanShibuya subway station entrance

Shinjuku is the largest station in the world and also one of the most sophisticated in my opinion. Shibuya is no better. If you need to change trains, be sure to make some time in your schedule to change platform. Fortunately, if you had a passmo/ suica (they are literally similar), you can go through all ticket gates no matter which train companies you are using.

Train types

The train types are called differently from line to line. There is the slowest one which stop at every station, faster one that make a fewer stops and the fastest one that make very few stops to no stop at all until final station.

Summed up for you below;

Normal train

Types Of Train In JapanHida local train

Hida local train

In Japan, these trains are called Local train in English, which are either called ‘ or ( in Japanese. The first time I used other trains beside JR Yamanote line, I was a little confused by what local means. Fortunately, I somehow figured the meaning by its Japanese term, which literally means the train that stops at all stations . The JR Yamanote line only has normal train that stops at every stations in the loop.

Express train

Types Of Train In JapanRapid Kansai airport~Osaka, Namba

This is when things got real troublesome!
Nothing is confusing if there were only ( ‘ ) the express train and ( ‘ ), which means limited express/Special express. But, well, this is Japan so I shouldn t expect things to be simple~
There are also

  • ( rapid express
  • ‘ ‘ commuter express,
  • plus ( ‘ ‘ ‘ semi express.

Okay, I understand express, limited, and commuter express.

But what are rapid or semi express?? Which one should or shouldn t I get on?!! As I was scared of getting on the wrong train, I went with only local trains during the first one week. However after a month here I finally found the answer! There is no need to understand what rapid or semi mean in this context, all you need is knowing which stations do those train stop at!

You can either listen to the announcement inside the train, read the electronic/ paper display boards or use your phone! Google is the best tool as it shows all station that a certain train will stop. As a simple rule,

  • -express trains skip every one stop while
  • -limited express and -rapid express skip every two or more stops.
  • -commuter express are used in rush hours, which will stop at the stations that are close to school/ offices/ workplaces. Anyone can board on the commuter express trains even when you are not going to school or work.

How about -semi express? To be honest, I still have no idea (lol)

Types Of Train In JapanHida special express train

However, I asked my Japanese colleagues and sum up the below for you, from slowest to fastest train

Local train ->Semi Express ->Express -> Limited express, special express

Shinkansen is the same but each train types are called differently.

We will cover the story of the type of shinkansen next time. Stay tuned! I hope this is helpful to you!

Types Of Train In Japan

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