A better class of hobo

January 23, 2007

On Saturday morning I came in to school to work on some of my essays.  It was quite a cold day.  I suspect the cold was what had encouraged a homeless man in a beanie to buy a train ticket and sleep on one of the comfortable seats in Japan’s subway trains.

(The Oedo line that I catch to school runs in a big circle, which means that Mr Homeless would have been able to buy a ‘one-stop’ ticket and travelled the circle all day before getting out at his destination.)

When I first saw him, he was curled up in the corner of one of the long, bench-like seats that run along the sides of the train carriages.  He was unshaven and dishevelled.

But he had remembered to remove his shoes before placing his feet on the seat.

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