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05 2011

Aizu Railway

After the World Figure Skating Championships ended, I visited Minami-aizu (Southern Aizu) from May 2nd, the southern third of the Aizu region in western Fukushima Prefecture, by Tobu, Yagan and Aizu Railway. These three railway companies operate direct trains from Asakusa, Tokyo to Aizu-Tajima, the entrance to Minami-aizu.
フィギュアスケート世界選手権終了翌日(5月2日から)、南会津に行って来ました。利用したのは、東武鉄道から野岩鉄道、会津鉄道です。この3社は相互乗り入れを行っていて、浅草から南会津の玄関口である会津田島まで直通運転をしています。

In the early morning, I took a direct rapid train to Aizu-Tajima at Kita-Senju Station, the second-busiest station on the Tobu Railway and Tokyo Metro networks in Adachi, Tokyo.
早朝、北千住から会津田島行きに乗車しました。

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Ashinomaki-onsen Station on Aizu Railway in the Southwestern part of Fukushima Prefecture
If the sky were blue, the photo would be perfect.
会津鉄道芦ノ牧温泉駅
これで空が青ければ、完璧な写真だったのになぁ。


The spring comes late in the snowy Minami-aizu region, and the cherry blossoms were at their peak. I looked out a window in the train as the scenery went by and found the season went back along the railway line that went through Tokyo, Saitama, Tochigi and Fukushima.
雪深い南会津の春は遅く、この時桜が満開でした。東京から埼玉、栃木、福島と移動する間車窓を眺めていると、季節が逆戻りするのがわかりました。

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I would like to introduce two distinguishing stations on Aizu Railway among the ones at which I stopped by. The first is Ashinomaki-onsen Station that is famous for Bus, a cat that has been appointed as the honorary station master since 2008. Japanese, including me, like animal that are much talked about, and many people visit the station to see Bus.
今回は乗降したうち、特徴のある2つの会津鉄道の駅を紹介します。まず1つめは、駅長猫「ばす」で有名な芦ノ牧温泉駅。この猫は2008年に会社から正式に名誉駅長に任命されています。私もそうですが、日本人は話題の動物が大好きですよね。いつもたくさんの人がばすに会いに駅を訪れています。

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Unfortunately, Bus was sleeping in her house situated in the corner of the post-house. I talked to a woman who is commissioned to manage the station by the railway company and also takes care of the cat. She said that Bus spend the night at the office of the station.
残念ながらこの日、名誉駅長は駅舎の片隅に置かれた猫ハウスでぐっすり眠っていました。駅の業務を委託されている女性(この方がばすの世話をしています)とちょっとお話したところ、夜の間、ばすは駅事務所で過ごしているそうです。

The next is Yunokami-onsen Station that is famous for a thatched post-house. The mood of the post-house is nostalgia. The cherry blossoms at the station were supposed to be at their peak, but there were fewer flowers due to birds that pecked them this year. This is because there is little food in the mountains due to heavy snow in the last winter.
もう1つは、茅葺屋根の駅舎で有名な湯野上温泉駅。駅舎の中も趣があります。この駅の桜も満開のはずでしたが、今年は花を鳥がついばんでしまったそうです。冬に雪が多いと山に食べ物が少なくなり、こういうことがあるそうです。残念。

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It was the first time for me to take Aizu Railway, and I enjoyed the riding because the company runs various train cars in service!
会津鉄道を利用するのは初めてでした。色々な車両が使われていて、乗っていてとても楽しかった。

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A special observation car with tatammi-mat seats
お座敷トロッコ展望列車


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A wrapping car features Hideyo Noguchi (a prominent Japanese bacteriologist who discovered the agent of syphilis as the cause of progressive paralytic disease in 1911), the hero of Aizu.
会津の英雄、野口英世のラッピング車両


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Of course, there is also Bus’s wrapping car!
もちろん、ばすのラッピング車両もあります。


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Aizu area is more than 100km far from Fukushima First Nuclear Power Plant.
会津地区は原発から100キロ以上離れています。

Environmental Radiation Monitoring Information
環境中の放射線量


Minami-Aizu, Fukushima 0.07 μSv/h (5/4, 14:30)
Shinjuku, Tokyo 0.065 μSv/h (5/5, 12:00 – 12:59 average)

King’s Park, Hong Kong 0.14 μSv/h (5/5, 12:00)
http://www.hko.gov.hk/radiation/ermp/rmn/applet/map/rmn_hourly_e.htm

Singapore 0.09 μSv/h (5/4, 16:00)
http://app2.nea.gov.sg/index.aspx

New York City, USA 0.09 μSv/h (4/27 – 5/2 average)
http://digistar.com/boston/

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