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The forward observation lounge on the Shiki-Shima train from the East Japan Railway Company features not just windows and chairs, but hand-woven carpets meant to resemble moss. “Enjoy the amazing textures,” JR-East says.


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My family lives in Japan.  I go visit them once a year, and we often take a short vacation together.  We fancied one of those scenic train trips, and looked into it.  They are fantastically expensive, and not only that, most of the best ones are sold out almost a year in advance!  It’s not for a mere peasant like us.