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Video: Take A Surreal 1,000 MPH Train Ride Through Tokyo

As the lights blur and the landscape mirrors, Tokyo becomes a surreal landscape of hyperreality.

I have no clue how quickly this clip zooms its way across Tokyo, but from a timelapse camera strapped on the front of an automated Yurikamome train, it looks unbelievably fast–CGI fast, mixed with a fluidity of movement that seems far beyond the bounds of bumpy reality.

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Of course, trains do run on rails. So the clip, shot/edited in a continuous series of one-second exposures by Darwinfish105, is entirely real–save for one catch. Much of the landscape has been mirrored, which is what gives the images both their pseudo-real grounding and their hyperreal grandeur. Through this simple effect, Tokyo transforms into a city of nature and technology, circuits, water, lights, and sky.

Or, from a slightly different perspective, it could be a stomach-churning tour of Mechagodzilla’s GI tract.

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[Hat tip: boingboing]

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Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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