Friday, January 14, 2011
Morning rush hour in Osaka
My morning commute has quickly become one of the most interesting parts of my day. I honestly need a full breakfast and strong tea to face the pure madness that is the Osaka subway rush hour. I live in a financial area of downtown Osaka, so as soon as I exit my apartment building, I immediately walk into packs of salarymen rushing about. All the stereotypes about the Japanese subway system, including train attendants shoving people into the subway cars are definitely accurate in Osaka. All I can see in the morning are swarms of fast-paced black and white figures scurrying alongside.... the black and white being well, the typical salary men crowd. I must definitely clash with this crowd, a white girl clad in colorful duds and a polka-dot backpack (hey, I'm a kindergarten teacher by day...).
There is definitely no time to munch on my croissant or have a sip of coffee, but I enjoy being part of the morning madness in Osaka, makes me feel at home in this city I'm completely, utterly smitten with.