Project 2: Japan
Train Travel in Japan
by Gordon Klco
on a train to Osaka
I have lost myself in a train car.
Looking around I see nothing that I have seen before. Japan
bustling country and its trains are a perfect metaphor for the Japanese
lifestyle. Train travel is very
important in Japan.
It is the main mode of transportation for
most people. When I experienced this
type of travel I found it extremely interesting to just watch. To learn
the culture and thoughts of the people of Japan through such a big
their life, train travel.
studying train travel I tried to just
take everything in and remember it in detail like Dorinne Kondo does in
Selves. I tried to see the small
things going on and find how they connect to Japanese culture much like
does at her job in Tokyo. By painting a picture for myself and others I
really could look at how train travel fits into Japanese culture.
Much of my time
spent on trains was very comfortable. The
trains are big and modern with computers and automated voices telling
to do. This is also seen throughout the
rest of the Japanese lifestyle. They seem to strive for being as modern as
possible. In the way they dress, in
their technology and how they get from point A to point B.
Everything is fast and clean. The
trains were very quiet, not like many
trains I’ve been on where people are talking loudly into cell phones
others have conversations over them. Instead,
the people are in their own worlds, although they
do not talk
on cell phones everyone does their own thing. They
plug themselves into iPods, PSP’s, magazines, text
fall asleep with their heads lulling back and forth.
There seems to be a disconnect from the rest
of the world surrounding them. They go
into their own world, not paying attention to anything around them. I have done this before, walking around on my
home campus. It’s a sign of comfort and
trying to make the everyday grind different (by listening to music or
something new). They seem to not want or
need to pay attention to their surroundings. The
Japanese people are very trusting. When
they sleep on the trains they show that
they do not worry about people stealing; they simply just pass out
By looking at how
people commute I got an insight onto what people do everyday, over and
over. It was very interesting to see how
people conducted themselves. Through my
observations I found that the Japanese people are a very private people. They keep to themselves on the train just as
they keep their culture and customs to themselves in the world.