Not quite

Continuing my theme from my last photo, here is another taken on trains in Tokyo - this time at rush hour in Shinagawa Station. Before you click away elsewhere, please notice the man's arm and sleeve - he was lucky to make it on this train. But at least he can see out.


Tokyo is a city where people try to maintain a certain distance from each other - both emotionally and physically. Walk around during the day and you won't see very many smiles. The warmth of each person is reserved for people who are closer acquaintances than a passerby on the street. In a way, I understand. Tokyo is not only one of the most interesting urban environments, it is also one of the harshest - and the picture above shows some of the stresses that each day can bring.


Ironically, on a train like this, barely able to breathe, people still manage to maintain an emotional distance, even if the physical one is nonexistent.


The theme continues . . .

  • Warai Otoko - aka - The (mad) hatter 7y

    First class "Daily Life in Japan!" shot. Yes, complete TOKYO. I LOVE it, LOVE it, LOVE it !!! wow.
  • mark burban 7y

    great pix. & thanks for the words.. they help put everything in perspective!
  • JuliusTheCat 7y

    "Tokyo is a city where people try to maintain a certain distance from each other" Completely true! An dI like it!
  • Arvind Kumar 7y

    "Tokyo is a city where people try to maintain a certain distance from each other - both emotionally and physically."

    That holds for most of the big cities. NYC is no exception.

    Paul seems to argue other way for London, and he may be right.
  • Amanda Blackhall 7y

    Great composition. For me the expression on his face makes the image. You just have to feel sorry for him crammed in there doing the same thing he probably does every other day too.
  • massimo sbreni 7y

    Bella anche questa!
  • Matthew Fang 7y

    Hahha that is why i take car ...................^_^
  • IrishPics 7y

  • FotoBob# 7y

    LOL... Oh busy Tokyo trains.... Great capture!
  • Aurelio Asiain 7y

    I must say in the five years I lived in Tokyo many momens of quiet, reflective happiness took place in crowded wagons. And there are also times (Sunday mornings, for example) where nobody's there. Take a look here).
  • Amir Jina 7y

    Ionushi> I know what you mean. I must admit to not really liking the images of crowded trains as a funny "only in Japan" type of image. I do really appreciate the confluence of humanity that you see on them. And I love that almost everyone is encased in their little private moment. Nevertheless, when you see someone crying, or playing with their child, completely oblivious to the crowd of strangers, it is a very humbling experience, and it is possible to feel connections, I find.

    Thanks for the comments.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Kenzo* 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Lifestyle / 生活
    , and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • I feel like jello 7y

    How common. It's always a laugh to see this but not a laugh when you need to ride the train.
  • Gerco Jonker 7y

    Great picture. Also the other subway one.
    Nice story with it too.
    Love to go to Japan one day...
  • Leah Jones 7y

    hahaha perfect shot. :)
  • darren elliott 7y

    we need your photo at salaryman vs. obasan - a battle to the death for the last seat on the subway.
  • Jon 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Japan Train Doors / 電車のドア, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Timothy Takemoto 3y

    Thank you very much for the generous licence
  • Travis Sanders 3y

    Thank you for CC-licensing this! I used it here:
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