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 . . .

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Taken on June 6, 2007