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Wedding on busy commuter train as it speeds around Tokyo delivering commuters awaits one lucky couple. Exclusive use of 11-car train with capacity of 1000 plus. 

A train of Yamanote Line of East Japan Railway runs in Tokyo. The rail company is offering one lucky couple the chance to get married aboard one of Tokyo's busiest commuter trains as it encircles the Japanese capital. (AFP photo).



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Japan railway offers train wedding

19 Jun 2013
AFP

TOKYO - A rail company is offering one lucky couple the chance to get married aboard one of Tokyo's busiest commuter trains as it encircles the Japanese capital

East Japan Railway (JR East) said it wanted to find a couple who would like to tie the knot aboard the usually heaving Yamanote Line, in the company of up to 120 friends and family.

"We expect applications from couples who are somewhat attached to the Yamanote line, including those who live nearby,'' said JR East spokesman Yoichi Suzuki. "But they need not necessarily be rail fans."

Guests will have exclusive use of the 11-car train, which normally carries around 1,000 tightly-packed commuters.

The train will take an hour to travel the around the 35-kilometre Yamanote line, stopping at all 29 stations but not opening its doors.

The nature of the journey will pose one possible challenge - there is no toilet aboard.

"The guests will be warned well in advance. I think this is all the same for ordinary weddings,'' Mr Suzuki said

The event has officially been planned to mark the 50th year that Yamanote line trains have been painted yellow-green. 

The ceremony has to be held on Oct 14, the 141st anniversary of Japan's railways coming into operation.

JR East is accepting applications for the next three weeks.

The winning couple can arrange the ceremony as they wish but must host and pay for the ensuing wedding reception at a hotel run by the firm.

The sight of train enthusiasts swarming platforms to take pictures of even the most regular-looking locomotives is not unusual in Japan, a country where hobbies are taken very seriously.

(Source: Bangkok Post, MARRIAGE, Japan railway offers train wedding, 19 Jun 2013, AFP, link


Marriage Aboard Trains Vocabulary

wedding -  การสมรส (See Wikipedia)
wedding ceremony - พิธีสมรส

Japanese wedding - (See Wikipedia)

East Japan Railway (JR East)  - the railway offering the wedding ceremony on board a train (See Wikipedia)

line - rail line, one pair of tracks for trains between two places and places in-between
railway - many lines going to many places

a train of Yamanote Line of East Japan Railway

commuter - a person who travels from their home to work and back everyday
a commuter train
one of Tokyo's busiest commuter trains

aboard a train - on a train, riding on a train  
get married aboard a commuter train

couple - two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship คุ่รัก
one lucky couple

chance -
an opportunity
the chance to get married aboard one of Tokyo's busiest commuter trains

A rail company is offering one lucky couple the chance to get married aboard one of Tokyo's busiest commuter trains as it encircles the Japanese capital.

heave - to move up and down or back and forth with large regular movements (like heavy breathing) 
the usually heaving Yamanote Line

tie the knot - get married

tie the knot aboard the usually heaving Yamanote Line
in the company of
up to 120 friends and family

East Japan Railway (JR East) said it wanted to find a couple who would like to tie the knot aboard the usually heaving Yamanote Line, in the company of up to 120 friends and family.

applications -
a request for something (here: to have wedding on train)

attached to - to like something a lot, to be find ot it, to love it
somewhat attached to
couples who are somewhat attached to the Yamanote line

spokesman  - โฆษก,ผู้แถลง, ผู้แถลงแทน, ผู้แถลงข่าว
JR East spokesman Yoichi Suzuki

fan - supporter, admirer, follower แฟน, ผู้นิยมชมชอบในสิ่งใดสิ่งหนึ่ง เช่น ฟุตบอล ภาพยนตร์ ดารานักร้อง
rail fans

need not necessarily be - doesn't have to be ..., possible to not be ... 
they need not necessarily be rail fans

We expect applications from couples who are somewhat attached to the Yamanote line, including those who live nearby,'' said JR East spokesman Yoichi Suzuki. "But they need not necessarily be rail fans."

exclusive - limited to only one person or group of people แต่ผู้เดียว
exclusive use - you are the only one using it
exclusive use of the 11-car train

packed - crowded; full of people or things แน่น
tightly-packed - very crowded

commuters - people who regularly travel between work and home คนเดินทางระหว่างบ้านและที่ทำงาน
the train normally carries 1,000 tightly-packed commuters.

Guests will have exclusive use of the 11-car train, which normally carries around 1,000 tightly-packed commuters.

nature - the basic quality or features of something ธรรมชาติของสิ่งต่างๆ ลักษณะที่แท้จริงของสิ่งต่างๆ, ธรรมชาติ
journey trip, voyage การเดินทาง,การท่องเที่ยว
the nature of the journey

pose
- cause something, especially a problem or difficulty เป็นเหตุให้
challenge - something that needs a lot of skill, energy, and determination to deal with or achieve สิ่งที่ท้าทาย, การท้าทาย
pose a challenge

The nature of the journey will pose one possible challenge - there is no toilet aboard.

well in advance - a long time before something happens
warned well in advance


"The guests will be warned well in advance. I think this is all the same for ordinary weddings."

mark - to show respect for or commemorate; to show that something is happening or happened เป็นเครืองแสดง to celebrate something ฉลอง
an event to mark the 50th year that ....

The event has officially been planned to mark the 50th year that Yamanote line trains have been painted yellow-green. 

ceremony - a formal public event งานพิธี
hold a ceremony
the ceremony has to be held on  ...

anniversary - a date when you celebrate something that happened in a previous year that is important to you วันครบรอบ
the 141st anniversary

coming into operation - open and start operations, start providing service

The ceremony has to be held on Oct 14, the 141st anniversary of Japan's railways coming into operation.

applications -
a request for something (here: to have wedding on train)
is accepting applications

JR East is accepting applications for the next three weeks.

reception - a formal party at which important people are welcomed or, in this case, congratulated งานตอบรับ
wedding reception

host - to provide what is necessary to carry out a special event จัดงาน ทำหน้าที่เป็นเจ้าภาพ, เป็นผู้จัดรายการ
host a wedding reception

must host and pay for the ensuing wedding reception

firm - a company บริษัท
a hotel run by the firm

The winning couple can arrange the ceremony as they wish but must host and pay for the ensuing wedding reception at a hotel run by the firm.

enthusiast -
a hobbyist; a person who has some activity as their hobby; very excited about some activity คนที่กระตือรือร้น  
train enthusiasts

sight - something that you see สิ่งที่เห็น
the sight of train enthusiasts

swarm -
 move in a crowd เคลื่อนไปเป็นกลุ่ม, อพยพไปเป็นกลุ่ม
platform - train platform, where people get on and off a train at a train station
swarming platforms

regular -
ordinary, the usual, not strange or unusual ปกติ, ธรรมดา
regular-looking - the things that you usually see

locomotives -
trains
regular-looking locomotives

take seriously
- treat something as important
hobbies
are taken very seriously

The sight of train enthusiasts swarming platforms to take pictures of even the most regular-looking locomotives is not unusual in Japan, a country where hobbies are taken very seriously.

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