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Handsome bullet train retired 10 years ago spurs fond memories

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Even to this day, the image I immediately associate with the Shinkansen (bullet train) is still the distinctively round, flat "bulbous nose" of the 0 series.

After serving the Tokyo-Osaka-Hakata route for 44 years, the 0s retired at the end of November 2008--already 10 years ago.

When the Shinkansen service started in 1964, a newspaper article gave the train an unexpectedly flattering description, calling it "streamlined" and likening it to "a handsome man with a well-defined, shapely nose."

"The streamlined design was hailed as revolutionary at the time, as all trains were boxy and angular until then," explained Kuniaki Yamada, 71, a retired West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) worker.

While Yamada was an........

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