U.S. Ambassador wins fans in Japan along with his love of local trains…and puns

Japanese train otaku recognise Ambassador Emanuel as a fellow railway geek during his “weekend of firsts”.

People from around the globe who’ve visited Japan have often stopped to marvel at the great thing about Japanese trains. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you do for a living, either — when a train ride is that this good, sometimes you must share it with the world in your socials.

That’s what U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel did when he rode his first local train after taking over his post here in January this 12 months.

▼ Emanuel rode his first Japanese train as ambassador along with his wife, Amy Rule

Back then, Emanuel’s post caught the eye of railway geeks across the nation, who were pleased to see the high-ranking diplomat share their passion for Japanese trains, with some even dubbing him a fellow “tetsu ota” (“tetsu otaku”), or “railway geek”.

Nonetheless, Emanuel’s newer post about riding the rails in Japan has really cemented his status because the Railway Otaku Ambassador. During a business trip to the Kansai region, Emanuel rode a Hankyu line train, and this time he was capable of mix his love for trains with a great ‘ol pun — two things that Japan holds dear to its heart.

“Love the really plush seats! Hankyu. Hankyu very much.”

No, Ambassador Emanuel — Hankyu very much! Now you’ve given us all a punny line to make use of next time we sit on those plush seats with a first-time visitor from abroad.

It’s true, though — the Hankyu line is an excellent approach to travel in Kansai, because the private railway line combines retro luxury with modern comfort, and it connects all types of big sites like Osaka, Kobe, Takarazuka, and Kyoto. In the event you’ve ever visited any top tourist sites in the world, like Kyoto’s Arashiyama district, there’s a great likelihood you’ve hopped on a Hankyu Line train.

The Hankyu ride wasn’t the one thing to impress the ambassador on his trip to Kansai. Actually, he described it as a “weekend of firsts“, which included a visit to a Japanese baseball game

▼ …a taste of local delicacies at Kobe

▼ ….and a spot of fly fishing.

The visit ended with a visit back to Tokyo on the Shinkansen…and a giant thumbs-up of approval from the ambassador.

Still, the local trains impressed the ambassador a lot that they received two separate mentions during his time in the world.

People across the country were quick to comment on Emanuel’s rail-related tweets with their very own messages of thanks and approval, for each the trains and the Ambassador’s expression of affection for them.

Interestingly, one commenter identified that the “Hankyu very much” pun also appeared in a Japanese business featuring one other American visitor — GregBoomer” Wells, who played for the Hankyu Braves baseball team within the ’80s.

▼ “Pastime” is used for joint and muscle pain relief.

No matter whether Ambassador Emanuel’s pun was an intended callback to that business, or whether it was something that just got here to him as he sat on those plush seats, this isn’t the primary time a foreign visitor has shown an appreciation for the local train — David Bowie was also photographed on a Hankyu line train back within the ’80s — and we’ve a hunch it definitely won’t be the last!

Source: Twitter/@USAmbJapan via Net Lab
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