Facing The Tracks

I was walking into Oppama, and was waiting for a train to pass…

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Oncoming train. Oppama, Japan.

when I noticed the backsides of the buildings that line the tracks.

They were asking to have their portraits taken.

So I obliged.

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There is seldom any pretense on the backside of a track-facing building. Thousands may pass by in the trains, every day, but these backsides blend into a blur that people never notice.

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Utilities connect at the backsides. Gas. Electricity. Communications. What you would never leave in front gets left at the back.

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Put the vent where it’s needed. If you need those ladders, you know where they are. 

No formality, no careful esthetics here.

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No niwaki here. Plants and vines grow in undisciplined freedom.

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Some roofs are rustier than the sides of the train rails.

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The train passes.

The gate rises.

And I continue the walk into Oppama.

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One response to “Facing The Tracks

  1. How amusing. When I was in school, my home faced the tracks. We had 40 acres or so, and the house was build just a few yards back from the tracks! I suppose whomever built the house wanted it close to the frontage road. It was strange. Anyway, I kept my home quite nice, but no one noticed.

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