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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.

  • <p>This is Tokyo from the view of the Yurikamome train.</p>
  • <p>If you were moving, maybe, 1,000 mph.</p>
  • <p>It’s a hyperlapse--a timelapse from the perspective of a moving object--mixed with multiple mirroring effects.</p>
  • <p>So Tokyo becomes a hyperreal representation of itself.</p>
  • <p>Many landscapes are a blur.</p>
  • <p>But my favorite moments are ones like this, where a city is almost floating in the clouds in a sci-fi dream.</p>
  • 01 /06

    This is Tokyo from the view of the Yurikamome train.

  • 02 /06

    If you were moving, maybe, 1,000 mph.

  • 03 /06

    It’s a hyperlapse--a timelapse from the perspective of a moving object--mixed with multiple mirroring effects.

  • 04 /06

    So Tokyo becomes a hyperreal representation of itself.

  • 05 /06

    Many landscapes are a blur.

  • 06 /06

    But my favorite moments are ones like this, where a city is almost floating in the clouds in a sci-fi dream.

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.

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.

See more here.

[Hat tip: boingboing]

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