13 May '11, 5pm

Watch an entire country lose its shit for a bullet train:

This surprisingly emotionally affecting video was shot in Japan right before the recent tsunami. It's a commercial for a new bullet train line, which completed a network running nearly the full length of the country , connecting all of Japan in a way that people clearly found deeply meaningful. The tsunami hit the day before the line opened, so the commercials were pulled -- but looking back, it's a pretty beautiful display of national togetherness and serious enthusiasm for rail. Can you imagine a day when the U.S. could unite like this in excitement over a train line? The words at the end, according to a Redditor : "On that day, you waved at us. Thank you. You smiled for us. Thank you. You came together as one for us. Thank you. From now, Japan is linked together, from top to bottom. From now, Japan will become fun."

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