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Making their mark: hunt for ink stamps boosts Japan rural trains

'Tetsuin' pulls railway enthusiasts to countryside despite pandemic

Isumi Railway CEO Koichi Furutake holds up a "tetsuincho" and his company's tetsuin stamp. The company operates in a rural part of Chiba Prefecture, southeast of Tokyo. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

CHIBA, Japan -- In late November, Kenichi Kitayama, 74, was enjoying the autumn colors from the window of an Isumi Railway train as he rode through Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo.

His destination was Otaki Station, which boasts a rebuilt 16th-century castle nearby. But rather than grand fortifications, Kitayama was interested in something more prosaic: a booklet with accompanying black and red ink stamps.

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