2018年 6月 の投稿一覧

Install curtains on HIACE VAN to maintain privacy while door are open

Open the doors to circulate the air inside

In summer, it’s necessary to open both of slide doors keep open when relaxing in HIACE. Though, if you keep the doors open, you want to curtain off the opening to maintain privacy. So I decided to install curtains.

First I tried to find ready to attach curtains, that is specially designed for HIACE, and I could only find curtains that covers windows, but none that is long enough to cover whole slide door.

Then, I was considering to install curtains by myself.

I started DIY curtain project

It’s easier to suspend a curtain with hooks attacked onto the ceiling, but I wanted to draw curtains to keep them half open or full open quickly. So I tried to find how I can install a curtain rail for a house to achieve better usability.

How to install curtain rails ?

How about making a hole on each pillar, then attach a curtain rail directly?

It may work, but as far as I checked, curtain rails for houses are attached with φ2.7 mm or φ3.5 mm wood screws. If you attach a curtain rail directly to pillars, you can only use  2 of M2 or M3 screws, and  apparently, it’s not strong enough.

I guess it’s not good looking, but better to attach a curtain rail to a square timber, then attach the timber to the pillars.

Select suitable parts and buy

A) Curtain Rails

I chose the one that was light and flexible in case it falls. It’s length is adjustable between 1 m and 2 m.

Square Telescopic Curtain Rail 2m single type (white)

B) Plates to fasten the timber to the hole on the pillars

I purchased stainless plates with a hole of φ6.5 mm to fix it with M6 bolts and nuts.

They can be iron plates, but ones I found was painted black, and I wanted silver ones, so I bought stainless ones.

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Travel to scenic Japan: Tadami Line complete shooting spot guide

About Tadami line

Tadami line is located in the north of Tokyo, and it takes about 4 hours to reach Aizu Wakamatsu station from Tokyo via Shinkansen. It runs between Aizu Wakamatsu station and Koide station, but currently between Aizu Kawaguchi Sta. and Tadami Sta. is out of service because of flood in 2011. It runs rural mountainous area, and runs only 4 or 6 trains a day for each direction. It takes about 6 hours to go through the Tadami line from Aizu Wakamatsu Sta.to Koide Sta. No express train is available.

Location of Tadami line

Enlarged map of Tadami line

Good News

I learned that the restoration work of Tadami line, currently suspended between Aizu kawaguchi station and Tadami station, will start soon. The work is scheduled to finish before March/2022.

I have been there several times to shoot steam locomotive between 2005 and 2009.

In this article, I’ll introduce beautiful shooting spots of Tadami line.

When I visited the Tadami line, I lived in Nagoya. From Nagoya, Tadami line is so far, so it was difficult to change the schedule according to weather forecast, and only to stick to the original schedule. Therefore, you’ll find many of the photos I took are under the cloud. However, I believe that autumn leaves look better in cloudy weather with moisture.

Between Takiya station and Aizu Hinohara station

The train running on the iron bridge. You can take it from prefectural road 32. The steam locomotive train in the photo headed for Koide station. Steam locomotive train on Tadami line does not smoke so much, so this much smoke is a kind of good success.

Tadami Line shooting spot

Recommended hours for better lighting

early morning ~ daytime

Shooting Location

map

The arrow means lens direction

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Travel to scenic Japan: Oito Line complete shooting spot guide

About Oito line

Location of Oito line

Ohito line is located in the central japan. It runs through the mountainous area, northern Japanese alps, and you can enjoy fantastic scenery. It runs between Matsumoto city and Itoigawa city. Southern part  is electrified and northern part is not, and there is no direct train which connects both terminals. The boundary between electrified and non-electrified section is Minami-Otari station. In non-electrified section, only a few trains runs.

Location of Minami-Otari station wihch devides Oito line into 2 parts

It takes about 2.5~3.0 hours form Tokyo to Matsumoto by Shinkansen train. 

Required time and money from Tokyo to Matsumoto

Oito line shooting spots

I visited Oito line many times between 2003 and 2009. At that time, very old type diesel cars KIHA52 was still running in this area, and were very popular among railway enthusiasts.

Diesel car KIHA52

Now all the KIHA52 were disused, and now new type KIHA120 are running.

KIHA120 diesel car. For Oito line, color is a bit different.

In this article, I’ll introduce Oito line shooting spots. It has been almost 10 years since I last visited there, so I find out the current situation of each spot with Google Maps, and attach the result.

Between Azumi Kutsukake station and Shinano Tokiwa station (1 of 2)

This place is famous among railway fan. You can find many examples in the Web.

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Travel to scenic Japan: Beautiful mountain views of Hokkaido Senmo line

Good weather is must for beautiful shots

When I was a company employee, I could only visit Hokkaido during Japanese vacation season, i.e. New year vacation, Golden Week vacation, and Summer Obon vacation. So it was very difficult for me to visit Hokkaido with good weather.

Because I quit the company, now I can visit Hokkaido according to the weather forecast. I visited Hokkaido between the end of February and the beginning of March of 2018.

In this article, I’ll show you beautiful scenery of mountains with Senmo line train.

Where is Senmo line ?

It is located in the west side of Hokkaido.

From Tokyo Station to Kushiro station, it takes around 4 hours by direct flight from Haneda airport.

The southern part runs through famous Kushiro Wetland, and the northern part runs on the coast of Sea of ​​Okhotsk, which is famous for Ice floe.

map

Train with Mount Io (Between Kawayu Onsen station and Midori station)

Mount Io is an active volcano, and  generates smoke of sulfur dioxide.

It is 512 m high. Io means sulfur in Japanese.

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