I don’t think I’ve ever had the chance to blog about the Keio Line, probably because it is one of the most ordinary train lines serving Tokyo. Keio is one the big department store train lines, together with Odakyu, Seibu, Tobu and Tokyu. They have friendly pink trains and are in the process of upgrading all their rail facilities, which might be useful. Apart from that there isn’t much to say about it. Hundreds of thousands of people travel on it every day but I don’t often get the opportunity to enjoy it. Here’s some photos from last Friday, March 18th, when I had my first trip of the year on this line. It’s one week after the big earthquake and everything is just normal, at least on the surface. And don’t be alarmed by all the people wearing masks, it is hay fever season. The sex lives of our trees are making life miserable for millions of people in the Kanto area right now.
More photos, insanely boring photos, about how life goes on in Tokyo despite what foreign media is trying to make you think. Here’s two snap shots that illustrate the continuous efforts by companies, citizens and governments in Tokyo. The first is a shot from inside a Keio line train in traffic, as you can see there are no lights on inside! I was quite surprised when I first saw this but I guess every little bit helps. The second shot shows a pachinko parlor in Ikebukuro, shut closed, thank God. I think that they would have had to answer to a lot of angry people if they had been wasting energy on those mindless games. This photo is from the Monday after the quake.
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