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Monthly Membership Meeting

  • Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre 6 Normandy Heights Road Morristown, NJ, 07960 United States (map)

"Japan: A Commuter Rail Transportation Paradise" by Joe Calisi

International Photojournalist Joseph M. Calisi presents a unique view of the beauty of Japan as experienced by its commuters.

The public has an opportunity to see an interactive presentation covering the four corners of Japan from urban centers to rural areas with images captured May 2014, during a three week Electric Railroaders Association excursion. 

Mr. Calisi, a published transportation photojournalist and historian will display multiple photographic images along with commentary.

“Impressive features of Japan’s commuter rail travel are the on-time departures / arrivals; system wide pre assigned seating and female only rail cars during rush hours.  This is a nation that interjects a level of fun into the commuter experience.

The discussion will include the JR Shinkansen “Bullet Train,” that reaches speeds of 150 – 200 miles per hour; the Hasedera Shinto Temple; the Hakone Tozan Cable Cars, the Komagatake, a trip to Mt. Fuji, the "Romance Car" Odakyu's limited express train along with trams and the light rail inter-urbans of the Setagaya Line.

Calisi has been a transportation photojournalist since 1993, and his work has appeared in multiple formats. He was also an official transportation historian and spokesperson for the 2004 NYC Subway Centennial. His TV credits include: Telly Award finalist & NY Emmy Award nominee for a story on the 75th anniversary of NY’s IND subway. Additional images may be viewed at:

Earlier Event: September 25
Railroad Museum [for a day]
Later Event: November 10
Monthly Membership Meeting