There are lots of train freaks in Japan, and they were mostly men before; however, female railfans are increasing in the past few years.
They are called “tetsu-ko (train freak girls)” and they study about things like locomotives and railroads, take pictures of trains, and travel by trains.
Nobody knows why tetsu-ko is increasing now, but there are some clues.
There was a non fiction manga called “Tetsu-ko no Tabi (Tetsuko’s Journey)”, which the heroine who is not interested in train at all travels all over Japan with a railfan travel journalist.
Maybe some tetsu-ko were inspired by the journal manga.
Another clue is the opening of the Railway Museum in Saitama Prefecture in 2007.
Through this museum, women would get more interested in trains.
The most reasonable reason is that women like to travel by train, they especially love eki-ben (a bento lunch box sold at a station or in a train).
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