Believe It Or Not, Japan Will Get Invisible Trains By 2018

Japan’s cutting edge technology has left the world astounded, time and again.

And now, the country’s trains will get a complete makeover by the advent of the innovative invisible train. These trains are expected to hit the tracks by 2018.

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Trust Japan to come up with unconventional train designs!

Well, the train is not exactly invisible; it’s super-reflective ability allows it to blend in with the surroundings because of its pristine mirror surfaces.


Isn’t that awesome? The Japanese architect and a Pritzker Prize winner (the Noble prize for Architecture), Kazuyo Sejima, is behind this innovation.

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The Japanese conglomerate, Seibu Railway is celebrating its 100th anniversary and to celebrate this, they have hired the Kazuyo Sejima for creating this train. She will assist Seibu railways along with her firm, SANAA.

Kazuyo is known for using shiny elements like marble and metals in her creations.


Talking about the invisible train, Kazuyo Sejima was very keen and talked about her vision of creating this train.

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She claimed that the surfaces used for this train will be the ones that are never used before. She will give a homely feeling to the interiors of the train.

Though she has never designed a train before, she is quite excited about her novice train project.

Here’s what she told when she shared her vision:

“I thought it would be good if the train could gently coexist with this variety of scenery. I also would like it to be a limited express where large numbers of people can all relax in comfort, in their own way, like a living room, so that they think to themselves ‘I look forward to riding that train again.”


You can also refer to this video if you want to know more about this train.


Here are some of Kazuyo earlier works which she has designed:

1. Louvre-Lens, Lens, France

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2. New Museum of Contemporary Art , New York, USA

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3. O-Museum Iida, Nagano Japan

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With this train hitting the Japanese railway tracks, Japanese do have a reason to rejoice.

News Source: Digital Journal 

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