Think Japan’s bullet trains are fast? See how they’re cleaned

Check out the ‘Shinkansen Cleaning Competition’
by Leandre Grecia | Oct 27, 2020
PHOTO: Justin Brinkhoff (from Pexels)

If I had to make a list of stuff to see or try in Japan, the bullet trains have got to be somewhere at the top of that list. Along with the good food, the scenic locations, and the rich car culture, of course.

The Shinkansen is arguably one of the most iconic and astonishing feats of modern day engineering, and it is one of the highlights of Japan’s esteemed rail network. These high-speed trains can run as fast as 320kph, a figure that will impress even the most hardcore of gearheads.

But these trains don’t just run at blisteringly high speeds—they’re cleaned just as quickly as well. In fact, these trains are cleaned so quickly that there’s an actual ‘Shinkansen Cleaning Competition’ held for it. The participants clean Shinkansen cars in between actual trips by wiping down tables and windows, dusting seats, and mopping air vents.

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To finish things off, lost items are collected and stored, and thermal scanners are used to detect moist parts of the seats. The entire job is done in just 20 minutes, which is pretty fast for the thorough cleaning of these huge trains.

If you want to see more of this unique competition, NHK World-Japan recently shared some footage of it, and it’s easily one of the coolest videos we’ve seen all day. To watch the ‘cleaning superstars’ in action, check out the clip below:

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Maybe we can learn a thing or two or 100 from these guys on how to keep our trains here in the Philippines clean, don’t you think?

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