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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Homeless in Ueno Park, Tokyo

Homeless in Ueno Park, Tokyo上野公園のホムレス

On a recent walk through Yanaka Cemetery and its environs, we came out at Tokyo University of the Arts. It was festival day at the university, so the campus mood was festive.

Outside of the campus walls, though, just inside Ueno Park, the sight of hundreds of homeless men was a depressing reminder that all have not enjoyed equally the benefits of Japan's rise - and recent decline - among world economies.

A stone's throw from the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, which is currently exhibiting the collection of Egyptian artifacts from Turin, the men were sitting on benches or on the ground in the early fall heat.

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