While the lights of the city dance, horns honk, and the late night streets of Tokyo's loud, trashy Shinjuku are a tipsy riot, there is something inevitable and calming about road construction teams.
Blazing in their own pool of brilliant white light, dressed identically in tough, drab pastel uniforms and white helmets, they always seem to be forming some kind of rough circle around something that draws their collective gaze downwards. There is no hurry or sense of panic. Even the flashing lights flash with simple unshowy on-off regularity.
Here is a team of road construction workers caught on film in west Shinjuku in late summer. If your connection is slow and/or you want laughs and action, don't bother with this one. If you want to lulled into something, then click.
Buy online: traditional Japanese headbands with rousing ideogrammed slogans, as worn by festival goers and workers.
Saturday, September 09, 2006