Friday, September 9, 2011

Trained Eyes


I don't know what kind of train this is exactly, or perhaps more importantly the next one barreling down the track, but it seems to be special to an awful lot of people who have come here to make it the focus of their camera lenses. Nearly a national pastime, the art of trainspotting has perhaps hundreds of thousands of adherents throughout Japan. This same exact scene you see here atop the platform at Japan Railway's Craneview Station in Yokohama can no doubt be found along the entire length of track that this train will travel today. Perhaps nowhere else on earth has the love of public transportation been so elevated. It's an appreciation many in the world are now just beginning to regain. 

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