Belle's Domain
Starlight Express
Hashamoto/Nintendo, the Shinkansen Bullet Train

The Japanese bullet train was always bound to be a competitor in the world championship in Control's bedroom. Starting lfe as Hashamoto, and keeping the name worldwide, his name only came to be changed at the 1993 London re-vamp. Perhaps kids would automatically associate Nintendo with a Japanese train better than an unfamiliar japanese name? Doesn't make sense to me, but then little of the changes made to StEx over the years do make sense.

Hashamoto's costume was always a bright golden yellow in London, and early US productions, but he was changed to blue for the Japan/Australia tours and Bochum.

UK Tour 04 - Philippe Reynolds
UK Tour 06 - Tim Driesen

1994 Bochum cast

Hashamoto - Mayo Kawasaki, Japan/Australia tour, 1987 Nakamura - Harold Yi, Japan/Australia tour, 1987
Hashimoto - Hiroshi Watari, Japan Tour, 1990 Yamamoto - Kenichiro Maeno, Japan Tour, 1990
Joop Leiwakabessy, Bochum

Hashamoto backstage
backstage early london backstage early london Adam Floyd
Gary Albers, US tour 2003

Hashamoto Onstage

London

london 1984 london 1984 london 1980s
london 1992 london 1992 london 1992
london 1995 london 1998 london 1999

Japan/Australia Tours

Japan/Australia Tour, 1987 Japan/Australia Tour, 1987 Japan/Australia Tour, 1987
Japan/Australia Tour, 1987 Japan/Australia Tour, 1987 Japan/Australia Tour, 1987
Japan/Australia Tour, 1987 Japan Tour, 1990 Japan Tour, 1990
Japan Tour, 1990 Japan Tour, 1990 Japan Tour, 1990

US Productions

Broadway, 1987 Broadway, 1987 Broadway, 1987
US Tour, 1989 Las Vegas, 1993 Las Vegas, 1993
US tour, 2003 US tour, 2003

UK Tours

UK Tour, 2006 UK Tour, 2006

Bochum, Germany

Bochum, 1988 Bochum, 1988 Bochum, 1988
Bochum, 1992 Bochum, 1998 Bochum, 1998
Bochum, 2006 Bochum, 2006


1988 Bochum cast
1990 Bochum cast
1993 Bochum cast