MouthCam(TM): My Commute

Today the train I switch to on the outskirts of Tokyo was just slightly more crowded than usual. I was smashed into the people sitting down, and someone’s briefcase was wedged into my ass. But overall, I’d say this shows a typical commute.

Rich Pav

Richard has been living in Japan since 1990 with his wife and two teenage sons, Tony and Andy.

16 thoughts to “MouthCam(TM): My Commute”

  1. Man I love going on the train system in Tokyo its a great experience, my best train experience is the Shinkansen, I loved going between Tokyo and Kyoto.

    The good thing about being a gajin is everyone seems to be scared to stand close to you, like you have some kind of disease.

    Daz

  2. ^ ^ “The good thing about being a gajin is everyone seems to be scared to stand close to you, like you have some kind of disease” I meant on the train lol.

  3. It is good you are taller than most of the others on the train. Otherwise, we would only have seen coats! 🙂

    Speaking of coats, what is the avg temp there? It is in the sixties (F) in Mississippi. The coeds are already wearing shorts!

    Your commute is too claustrophobic for me. I get into my six-seater pick-em-up truck, turn on the radio program I want to hear, and drive by my lonesome the six minutes to my parking place at work. 🙂

    Sometimes, I take the back roads (dirt/gravel), especially, if I am in the mood to see a cow or horse in the pasture. When I get home, there are often four or five deer in my yard, coming from the woods behind our five-acre lot.

    Oh, that was a crowded train!

    -Bill

  4. Wow you tower of those folks lol.

    I’m amazed at how quiet the ride seemed compared to the subways here in US. If it were like that here, I don’t think I’d mind taking the subway as much.

    Then again I’d have a problem being smooshed in with all those people like a Sardine Can.

  5. @Darren: Foreigners who are really foreign give off a kind of an aura of “There’s no telling what I might do.” I might be a whole lot taller, but I guess I don’t act any differently from anyone else on the train so people very, very rarely freak out if I sit next to them, or avoid sitting next to me. And even if they do, it’s not my problem.

  6. @Bill, it’s still cold enough to have wear gloves when I ride my bike to the train station. But not a hat.

    The train ride isn’t claustrophobic because you mentally shut out all the people surrounding you. And come to think of it, that’s what foreigners DON’T do that makes people uncomfortable. I just realized that.

    BTW, in the extened version of my bike ride to work that goes from my front door to the train, I stopped off at a public toilet because you suggested it. It’s in the chumbucket because it’s a little too long and overlaps what I already put out.

  7. i filled out the survey, but didn’t get a pointer to the chumbucket and still can’t find the toilet.

    -bill

  8. Awesome video! I have wanted to film my commute to work, but have been afraid of being starred at. Why? I am 6’4″ and everyone stares at me anyways. I just don’t have the balls to do it…glad you did. Now the world can really see what it’s like!

  9. Whoa…that’s really cramped! Not all that dissimilar from a rush-hour subway ride in NYC which is one of the many reasons I prefer to work nights: reverse commute? Empty trains.

    Ahh…breathing room.

  10. the shots of you and your hands were pretty funny XD great video. I was surprised how you just keep getting pushed back farther and father into the train.

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