It was a pleasant culture shock when I first visited Japan in 2006. I especially loved Tokyo. It's a city bustling with energy and rich in culture, a juxtaposition of old and ultra-modern. The lure of Japan was powerful and I ended up making several more trips there with my camera in hand.

One of the many fascinating things about Japan and Tokyo, in particular, is its vast railway system and the people who use it. I live in California where we have an automobile culture and most of us spend many hours in cars getting around. For the Japanese, trains are the major means of transportation. They’re in the trains and train stations almost daily to commute to work or school, and run errands. To make lives easier for those busy bodies, everyday necessities, such as grocery stores, restaurants, and other numerous retailers are found inside or near the stations. It’s quite convenient, even for tourists. I bought the tastiest pork dumplings inside the Shin-Osaka Train Station and ate them for lunch inside the Tokyo-bound Shinkansen (bullet train). My mouth is watering just thinking about those dumplings.

I look forward to riding the trains while in Japan. As a Street Photographer, it allows me to observe people in their daily lives and capture something that’s uniquely Japanese as well as get creative composing each frame to tell an interesting story. I hope by sharing these photographs, I'm able to show a little slice of the intriguing culture of Japan.

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反社会的
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9 months ago

The whole aesthetic of this image is awesome.

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Enuya
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9 months ago

This one looks like something out of "Blade Runner". Also, for some reason, I find this one somewhat disturbing. Still, beautiful photo.

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Jack Chandra
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9 months ago

Ticket machines?!? In America we have live raccoons which sell the tickets. Japan is so odd!

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Femur!
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9 months ago

This one looks pretty normal to me. :)

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Enuya
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9 months ago (edited)

Positive energy!

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Blaze919
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9 months ago

Failed on the 9 3/4 platform.

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Femur!
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9 months ago

We all get amazed looking how the driver do his work. :D

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jevais
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9 months ago

A Shogun?

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Erik Johansson
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8 months ago

Tokoro George!

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Robyn Rob
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9 months ago

That dude looks trapped in a vending machine, at least he's smiling

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MaryBored Pasaribu
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9 months ago

This kinda sweet...

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Femur!
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9 months ago

We've all been that tired :P

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Enuya
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9 months ago

Isn't it dangerous? I mean - if the train stops suddenly, she may pull out her eyelashes.

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Mya Lugar
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9 months ago

That white lady looks about 5 months pregnant!

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Ronel du Plessis
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9 months ago

She is going to scare her in 3...2...1

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Femur!
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9 months ago

BTS? LOL

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Salem May
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9 months ago

i think this is ironic cause there's an ad for a face lift behind the old women

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Galen Konecny
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9 months ago

More scarily faces

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jevais
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9 months ago

The lady standing looks like she just came back from shopping in Paris. So elegant and lovely.

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Pretty Pangolin
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9 months ago

That backpack is bigger than the child carrying it!

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Enuya
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9 months ago

Looks like something out of old movie. I feel nostalgic, mysterious and a bit sad here. Pretty shot.

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Pretty Pangolin
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9 months ago

Moment of existential dread. Or else someone farted.

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CookieNeerrrrd
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9 months ago

watch your step

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darubyprincess
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9 months ago

Layers of reality, almost.

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