When you walk out of a museum you’re usually in the same place where you walked in. But not with the Genbi Shinkansen. The new bullet train, which began operating just 2 weeks ago, is the world’s fastest-moving museum and will transport you from Niigata to Echigo Yuzawa in under an hour. It’s just enough time to take in artwork and installations throughout the train cars by 8 different artists.
Tokyo-based photographer Cedric Riveau recently went for a ride, and was kind enough to share his photos with us. The exterior of the train is coated in photographs by Mika Ninagawa. They’re from a series of fireworks she began shooting in 2014.
But that’s only the beginning. Once you step inside you’re in a train car museum, with each of the cars dedicated to different artists. There are lounge spaces with photographs by Naoki Ishikawa, as well as a reflective mirrored installation by Yusuke Komuta. The bar car is stashed with yummy treats, coffee and paintings by Kentaro Kobuke. There’s even a kids space that has been transformed into an interactive playground by Paramodel.
If you’re heading to the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, this is the perfect way to get in the mood. Three trains run each day, taking art lovers from Niigata to Echigo Yuzawa, the gateway to the art festival, at speeds of up to 240 km per hour (150 mph).