Standing before a Shinkansen train, I said, "Though a train and aircraft have become sophisticated, a wiper has not changed." The seismologist answered like above and added, "It is true that an arrowhead as well as pots and pans has remained largely unchanged. The same holds true for ceremonial occasions." Then he asked back, "The Shinkansen runs at high speed, but why is it not equipped with seat belt?" Wondering stimulates thinking. At the Kyoto Railway Museum.
May 10, 2016
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun