Understandable reactions as 2014 begins to draw to a close?
The end of a long workday, after another long week, towards the end of an even longer working life.
Despite the clutter, congestion and camera-wielding menaces of modern Tokyo, the kimono still never fails to stand out. An outfit that’s as timeless as it is traditional, and amidst the chaos of the capital, is somehow also strangely calming.
Tokyo is a city of almost constant contrasts, whether they be the old and new, rich and poor, or gentle and perhaps not so gentle. Juxtapositions that never fail to fascinate. And the sight of a Buddhist pilgrim walking through Ginza, the capital’s homage to high-end consumerism, was definitely no different.
The idea of most Japanese being passive and reluctant to get involved in any kind of public confrontation is a prevalent one. Generally speaking it’s fairly true too. But that’s not to say there isn’t a lot of feeling bubbling under the surface, because obviously there is. And it’s not all that unusual to see it boiling over either. Sometimes unprovoked; other times quite the opposite. Like the camera-induced expression seen below.
Yet when it comes to the likes of the upcoming election this weekend, the question of nuclear power, or Japan’s increasingly worrying shift to the right, that anger — in an outwardly visible form at least — can be very difficult to find.