Early One Morning

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Seen one morning on the way into Tokyo on the Shonan Shinjuku line.

As I mentioned before, the trains are woven into the fabric of life in Japan. Strangely enough they stop quite early, often leaving people to dash madly for their last train or stranding them very far from home. I am just guessing, but in the case of this man it was probably an intentional all night outing. Work parties in Japan have a few levels to them - the first party, which is moderately respectful after which some people go home, the second party, which can involve Karaoke and more drinking, and the respectful air is eroded, perhaps a third party after that that involved a pub or snack bar - and so on and on.

Such is the tyranny of the Last Train that it is not unusual to see people sleeping in train stations, outside train stations (fully prepared with blankets), parks, Internet cafes, capsule hotels . . . An early morning nap when the trains start running again is usually a nice relief.

As for this man, well, like most people I see fall asleep on trains here, he woke from his deadened slumber a mere minute before his stop, and walked off the train as the wrinkles fell out of his suit and his professional facade was restored.

The theme continues . . .

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  1. arndsan アーンド さん 86 months ago | reply

    haha, that looks quite comfy.

  2. *Megumi* 86 months ago | reply

    hahaha i bet she was drunk :p

  3. MAREXdesign 86 months ago | reply

    i lived in japan for 13 years but never seen anything like this.......
    very cool shot!

  4. JuliusTheCat 86 months ago | reply

    Completely true! Good shot! And you were just there in the exact moment!

  5. route977 86 months ago | reply

    He has his shoes on! Some take off them!

  6. roksoslav 86 months ago | reply

    Great find! I've seen people sleeping in trains and buses, but never like this!?

  7. The King's Men 86 months ago | reply

    Again, a wonderful capture of the culture that is public transport. I am always amazed how people who sleep on the trains or subways re able to wake up moments before their stop.

  8. ..::Wozz::.. 86 months ago | reply

    Like in Milan underground???? No, not in Italy :))) (We sleep at work :) )

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  9. bobby stokes 86 months ago | reply

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

  10. surrealiste [deleted] 86 months ago | reply

    only in tokyo

  11. beeldmark 85 months ago | reply

    I'm surprised that he still looks so good, doesn't look more like, well what I look like after a night of drinking....

    Seen in salaryman vs. obasan (?)

  12. A Malchik! 71 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Drunk in Japan, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  13. www.urbanreinventors.net 61 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Urban Reinventors Image Archive, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  14. cosgaara2 53 months ago | reply

    haha nice...

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