As the son of a railwayman I have always been interested in trains.
In Japan the enthusiasm for trains is at a whole new level.
There are conventional trainspotters taking photographs and recording numbers called Tori-tetsu (tori means to take, and tetsu means train)
Sharyo-tetsu are fans of train design, who love this one of a kind train in the photo above. (It is modified to be a tribute to Neon Genesis Evangelion, an Anime TV series)
Nori-tetsu are people who enjoy travelling on trains. . . . . I’m a supporter of that club!
If you like reading timetables and planning imaginary rail journeys you are a Yomi-tetsu.
Oto-tetsu, are those who record the sound of trains.
People who study aspects of stations are called Eki-tetsu. . . . for instance I have heard of one man who can identify hundreds of stations just by hearing a recording of the announcement chime.
If you like bento boxes you could be a Ekiben-tetsu, who try out the bento lunch boxes of local delicacies sold at stations.
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