A freight car on a spur on the Eastside railroad

In Bellevue the Eastside railroad passes by the U.S. office of one of Japan's long-established producers of traditional foodstuffs. Kamada Foods began brewing soy sauce in Kagawa Prefecture (on the island of Shikoku) in 1789, the same year as the French Revolution, and still makes it in that same ideal location using traditional methods. Bellevue is rapidly becoming an international city and boasts the largest Japanese population in the Northwest. Japan has one of the world's most efficient railroad networks, and even urban areas much smaller than the Eastside are well served by rail transit systems in that country. (Photo: Eastside Rail Now!)

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