Tokyo stares

Apart from in bars, smiles aren’t an especially common sight in Tokyo. In fact, receiving a big smile is an equally big event. One that can make a mundane day rather memorable.

Stares, on the other hand, are more frequent. Both the furtive, and the far more flagrant variety.

But that said, it’s still a little unusual to see a three-way stare of sorts. Although while the salary man may well be staring at the other man for doing likewise to the lady, who or what she is staring at is unknown.

Japanese staring


  1. winnie says

    The lady is staring fiercely! Is she angry with somone nearby or beside her?
    But this shot is incredible interesting!
    I was amused by the two guy expression!

  2. says

    Nice triangle! You are right about the smiles and I think it has got worse over the last 10 years or so. All those expressionless faces are sometimes scary. My Japanese wife calls it “botox” faces :-)

    • says


      It’s certainly not getting better. Have no idea why though. There are far worse places to live…

      Botox faces is a great way of putting it!

    • says

      It is. In fact the only time I’ve seen people smile a lot was after the big earthquake and the fears about Fukushima. The ‘we are all in this together’ mind set seemed to bring people together, and when I was out and about people smiled and said hello. Sadly it didn’t last long.

  3. lorraine says

    i bet she sees the guy looking at her from the corner of her eye. i always do. you can feel when people stare at you.

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