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Japanese women wearing kimonos ride an escalator at a subway station after attending their Coming-of-Age Day celebration ceremony in Tokyo on Monday.

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Japanese women wearing kimonos and smart phones ride an escalator at a subway station after attending their Coming-of-Age Day celebration ceremony in Tokyo on Monday.

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Rather than eyes ahead it looks like eyes glued to their smartphone.

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It's not only in Japan. When I visited America, those folks were equally blind to their surroundings. For instance, I was attempting a left turn and a teenage girl with a green mop on her head was being led through the crosswalk by a smartphone. I had two options: 1) mow her down; or, 2) wait. I decided on 1) and let it happen in my mind as I waited for what seemed like a full minute for her to cross.

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Hmm. Looks like this photo was a 'staged' one (as opposed to a lucky, capture a natural moment one), and Reuters picked it up.

Reason why I think this. Because I recognize the 2nd girl on the left. She was on TV yesterday, on NHK news coverage. She was apparently one of the ladies affected by the "Harenohi" kimono rental issue.

Of course, one does now wonder, was this girl actually one of the ones affected, or did NHK (and other news outlets) have a bunch of ladies lined up for whatever 'story' they wanted to run yesterday?

/strokes chin

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Why "Eyes ahead"?   and what's with the fake fur white things?

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Yes, please keep your eyes glued to your phones so when I am walking with my Starbucks hot coffee and you refuse to move your eyes to the outside world rather than your camera app to admire yourself, I can accidentally spill hot dark coffee all over you and your rented kimono.

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Kimono zombies

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Further to G Thomas' point, I can't comment on this photo, but there are Japanese blogs that have screen grabs of different Japanese tv news interviewing exactly the same people on the street for vox pops on different issues within several days of each other. The people are clearly stooges giving the reporters the opinions they want to hear.

People lap up priest/kimono/nun with smartphone photos, it's well into trope/cliche territory now, so it would certainly make commercial sense for a photographer to stage one.

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So Pretty

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Shareholders are urging Apple to develop tools and research effects of smartphone overuse and addiction on young people. In respond to what's seen as a growing public-health crisis of youth phone addiction.

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Smart Phone Zombies are a danger to themselves and others. Why the constant need to be glued to their screens which in due time will produce new forms of neck and shoulder defects leading to severe pain and operations.

A few months back, we went to one of those eat as much as you want Shabu Shabu restaurants within a certain time cycle. There was a young couple at the next table who seemed to prefer only the crab meat boxes and consumed many of them. While they waited fro the arrival of another box, they reached for their smart phones rather than communicate directly with each other. At the end of the 90 minutes they left without actually having a conversation with each other. My Japanese wife and I enjoy good conversation when we eat and the phones are turned off or ignored.

A woman walking down a street, glued to a phone didn't see the open trap door to a store basement, went over the top and down. All recorded on CCTV. She survived with a broken leg.

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The photo may have been staged, but similar scenes are ubiquitous almost anywhere in Tokyo. Railway companies' public service posters and announcements to curtail such behavior falls on deaf ears (and dead brains). Zombies indeed!

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Dodging the smart phone zombies has become an art for me. Not only have they got their eyes glued to the screen, but they are also wearing headphones that blare out music, so not only do they not see what's in front of them (or any other direction for that matter), they don't hear anything either. Recipe for disaster.

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They're on an escalator, standing still. It's physically impossible for them to collide with anyone unless some idiot is walking up the down escalator. Checking their smartphones is perfectly reasonable and safe.

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