Monday, June 13, 2011

The BulletTrain Express Travels To The Land Of The Rising Sun

...Aboard The BulletTrain Expesss In Japan...

The BulletTrain Express
Travels To The Land Of The Rising Sun

Zen & The Art Of The BulletTrain Express

When I was a small child, I used to collect and play with train sets. For as long as I can remember I was in awe of the original BulletTrains, known in Japan as the Shinkansen. The first BulletTrain ever to run on a track, ran in Japan. I have always had a deep respect for many Japanese aesthetics, and been inspired by the therapeutic nature of things like a Zen Garden, as well as being influenced by the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen.

As a matter of fact, I would go so far as to say the design philosophy at BulletTrain is one of Kaizen, or constant improvement and renewal.

Of course I could not help but notice the similarity between the photo of the Japanese Shinkansen BulletTrain in the photo above that is haulin' past Mt. Fuji, and the Apple desktop wallpaper of Mount Fuji from the Lion preview, which is pictured below ;-)

Kariya's BulletTrain Express In Japan

All the photos below are from a Japanese BulletTrain customer whose name is Kariya. Kariya is extremely fortunate to live just across the waterway from Mount Fuji. This first photo is taken from his back yard, and it shows Mount Fuji with cherry blossoms in bloom.

Click On Image For Great Desktop Wallpaper

In this next photo below, we see Kariya's Apple Mac Desktop setup before he purchased a BulletTrain Express Keyboard Platform. Notice he owned a Japanese Apple Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard, and a Magic Trackpad.

On a sidenote, it is profound to see American designed goods in Japan. As a child growing up in the United States, it was common to see Japanese products like a Sony TV or Walkman in the U.S., and I think it is so cool that Kariya's setup has many Apple products.

So Kariya obviously saw the BulletTrain Express Keyboard Platform, and contemplated what it would look like if he purchased one. We see in the next photo, that Kariya took a 13inch MacBook Air and put a cover over the screen to simulate what the BulletTrain Express would look and feel like.

In this next photo, we set that Kariya took it a step further and not only photographed his Japanese layout Apple keyboard and Magic Trackpad, but in Photoshop, drew a line around it in red to see what the BulletTrain Express might look like!!!

In this next photo we see the final result after Kariya purchased his BulletTrain Express and got it all setup on his desk.

In this next photo we see another photo taken from Kariya's home which has this crazy/stunning view of Mount Fuji. As the designer of the BulletTrain Express, it makes me extremely proud to know that Kariya was able to make his desktop much more Zen-like with my product, and to know he benefits from it every day, as he looks out his window at Mount Fuji, makes me feel great!!!

Here is another photo Kariya too of Mount Fuji at Sunset. This is just stunning and makes great desktop wallpaper of Mount Fuji. It is also neat that Apple used a Mount Fuji Wallpaper for the preview of OS X Lion. It all kinda ends up being a déjà vu kind of thing ;-)

Apparently Kariya like to take photos of everything he enjoys, and he took these next to photos of his sushi.

It appears Kariya was so impressed, he purchased a second BulletTrain Express, which he also photographed as seen below.

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