Protest, Skyscraper District, Shinjuku, 5.1.MMII

May 01 2002

Tokyo’s homeless are fascinating. They set up entire villages of meticulously crafted cardboard and scrap homes in parks and train stations. They’ve got a pretty famous rivalry with the Tokyo government, which sometimes ignores them, and sometimes forcefully kicks them out of where they’ve set up, knocking over the houses and carting them away. Anyway, I think it says something about Japan that even the bums are relatively hard workers.