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By lylehsaxon (Sun Jul 09, 2006 at 05:13:55 AM EST) (all tags)
Part of life in Tokyo is that it's a crime to sleep more than five or six hours.  A truly good citizen of Tokyo only sleeps four or five.  So... how to stay alive and not keel over from lack of sleep?  Sleep on the trains!  Standing up?  No problem!  If you start to fall, you'll just bump into the person standing next to you (not even that in the morning, when you're firmly wedged between six or seven fellow sardines) - there's no danger of actually hitting the floor. .....

..... There's hardly space for your feet down there as it is - a whole body?  No - not unless you've just come from a too-fun night drinking and literally end up on the floor of a train of low enough people density that you can take that much floor space.  (Not common, but I've seen it a few times - most recently about three weeks ago.  The idea of being down there on the floor horrified me, but everyone was being careful to not step on the guy, so I suppose he got home without any boot marks on his back.)

Anyway - the top three photos on this page (at the link below) are of a fellow train sleeper on the Yamanote Line (one of the most difficult lines to sleep on incidentally):

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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That top by blixco (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Jul 09, 2006 at 06:04:02 PM EST
photo on the linked page is beautiful.
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I like the one on the top right best. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Jul 13, 2006 at 06:59:12 AM EST
Have you considered posting these on photographica? I'd suggest deviantart, but that site has gotten far too large - it's impossible to get noticed there.

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Thank you! by lylehsaxon (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Jul 23, 2006 at 01:24:34 AM EST
I'm glad to hear that, as that one photo was the main reason I posted anything from that day at all.  I really wanted to post that photo, and to fill up the page a bit more, I added the others.

Thanks for mentioning Photographica - I hadn't known about it before.  I might give it a try.

The shortest way home is the longest way 'round....

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