Thursday, 7 June 2018

Thursday Travels

I love to travel - overseas, interstate and all around my local area.
I've collected a LOT of photos documenting these journeys.
The aim of this meme is to highlight the best ones.

One at a time.

Some easy to follow rules:

  • Pick just ONE photo that shows something unique, unusual or quintessential about your travels.
  • You can label it, write a story or do a travelogue piece about your photo if you so desire.
  • These photos are about the place, the environment (man-made or natural), panoramas, macros - whatever captures your eye.
  • All photos must be your own.
  • NO selfies or family pics please.
We're all about the scenery at Thursday Travels!

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Outside Shinjuku Station (apparently the busiest station in Japan) is a pedestrian overpass with a great view of the street scene below.
What this busy, busy scene doesn't convey, though, is the incredible quiet and calm that surrounds the city.
I was expecting an onslaught of sound, sirens and the usual city noise.
Instead, all we heard was the quiet hum of electric cars and auto stop-start engines.
There was no blaring music, loud beeping traffic lights or car horns. 
People spoke quietly, using their inside voices, outside.
Everyone's phones were on silent or mute.
People always left the room or removed themselves from the group to talk on their phones.
The only conversations I overheard in public the whole time we were in Japan were from loud tourists!
It was incredible to be in one of the busiest cities in the world and to feel so calm and peaceful.

This article goes a little way to explaining the phenomenon.


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