fredag, desember 08, 2006

Tokyo trainspotters

In ongoing observations of weird things in Japan, the other day I came across this guy and two of his nearby compatriots just off Shibuya station, sitting on a pedestrian gangway overlooking an extremely busy highway crossing. Hand rests on an intricate counting mechanism, which he pressed more or less each 20th second.

Now had my Japanese been up to scratch I would have asked what the hell he was doing, but since it is limited to hai, domo and gomen nasai, I can only guess. Obviously they are counting something, maybe each passing car of a certain mark/colour? My Japanese sources are similarly clueless, but no surprise that nerd-heaven Japan can rival even UK when it comes to trainspotters, nice anorak included.

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