081 Aoniyoshi.


“Aoniyoshi” is Makura-Kotoba (= a pillow word) for “Nara” or “Kunuchi ( = domestic )”. (Source: Wiktionary)

Makura-Kotoba (= a pillow word) is rhetorical devices used mainly in “Waka Poetry” to set the tone or add a certain emotional quality by placing a word in front of a specific word. It is a technique that has been used since the time of the Manyoshu, along with the introductory lines. ( English translation from Wikipedia Japanese version )


And the name “Aoniyoshi” was given to Kintetsu Railway’s sightseeing express train with Nara as its destination, which debuted in April of this year.


The express train I am about to board, “Aoniyoshi,” is arriving at Kyoto Station.


How many years has it been since the last express train from Kintetsu Kyoto Station to Osaka-Namba was revived?


For those about to board the train and for those watching from the platform, the time before departure is exciting.


A small child is appealing to his mother, “I want to ride!” and appealing to her mother.


Good luck growing up and getting on that train you love on your own!


Here is a view of the inside of the car. This time, I chose a seat on the left side of the train so that I could easily see the scenery outside.


As you leave Kyoto, you will see the “five-story pagoda of Toji Temple” on your right.


Then, as the train approaches Nara Station, it passes by the Suzaku-mon Gate (the main gate of the capital), which is a reproduction of the palace ruins of the Nara Period (710-794 AD) on the right side of the train.


In this section, the railroad tracks run through the middle of the ruins of an ancient court.


After passing through the Ikoma Mountain tunnel from the Nara Basin, the Osaka Plain opens up on the right.


In the distance, skyscrapers in the center of Osaka City can be seen.


It is near Fuse Station in Higashiosaka City.


The railroad tracks extending to the rear on the left are Kintetsu Railway lines heading to Mie and Aichi prefectures.


And in the direction of travel on the left, you can see Abeno Harukas, a 300-meter-high building.


On a whim, I got off at the Tsuruhashi station on the way.


The “city walk” that follows will be presented by me in my next blog.


Thank you for your reading this post.


I’m looking forward to your next visit.