Someone Paid $4,675.75 To Ride On The New Japanese Bullet Train

Japan’s new “superexpress” bullet train was created out of a laser falcon who swooped down from outer space trailing a meteor shower of teal-and-fuschia neon sparks. But while the Hayabusa (Japanese for “peregrine falcon”) is hurtling between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori at 186 miles per hour on the outside, it’s a tranquil, luxurious scene in the premium class cabins, where waitresses serve tea and automated white leather seats recline into the passenger’s desired position. Someone paid 385,000 yen (4,675 dollars) for a scalped ticket on Saturday’s inaugural three-hour-and-ten-minute ride — 23 times the original price.