Japanese commuters, whether it’s by metro, bus, train etc. all share this one burning question when waiting for their means of transport to arrive during rush hour. When will we – in heaven’s name – finally arrive?
These 2 photos are photos of photos by Michael Wolf taken during an exhibition – Life in Cities – in the Hague. It perfectly captures the experience most Japanese – and gai-jin’s for that matter – must endure when traveling by subway in the notorious rush-hour.
Paradoxically, waiting to arrive more often than not is worse than waiting to depart!
I rather walked or biked the journey to the office and back in the time that I worked there. And when the weather was bad – hot, humid and rainy as in most of the summer- I indulged myself and took a $20 cab. Anything better than to wait in a smelly, humid and packed metro to finally arrive.
Banksy put it wonderfully. All six words are there. Nothing for me to add or do, except re-arrange them a little bit.
Coming from an ex-ad-man this might seem paradoxical in the least, but the last two decades I’ve abhorred mass-media and its influence. Especially now that mass-media and fake-news seem to have become one and the same.