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Braving the heat, railway enthusiasts take pictures of an express train in Tokyo.

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Beats sitting on the couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows.

or pachinko-

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Well, it get's the out of the house and away from the wife for the day.

Maybe that's the whole point of it all, and who could blame some of them?

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Whatever. I can't possibly imagine sitting at home and looking at pictures I took of trains -- just trains -- or bothering to learn about years and models and lines if it did nothing to affect how and where I travelled and served no meaningful function in my life. but if it floats their boats, so to speak. The only time this really bothers me is when they get in the way on platforms or climb fences or areas you're not supposed to be in to get better shots (and sometimes smoke on the platform waiting for the next train), walk around mumbling, etc.

But you managed to find the time and energy to once again sink the boot into an aspect of life in Japan that you take exception with. Why not let railfans enjoy what they do and folks like you and your ilk can get back to the sport which you obviously have a preference for.

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It's no different than any other hobby, building models of airplanes, trains, cars, ships, visiting museums, studying history, watching aircraft operations at an airport, keeping fanatic track of statistics for sports teams and players, etc., and it is a positive way for people to spend time and socialize. It's healthy for human beings to have interests and hobbies. Besides, trains are cool.

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Trainspotting:

A 1995 movie about Edinburgh heroin addicts, with a soliloquy beginning, "Choose life"

Train spotting:

A pastime enjoyed almost exclusively by men; subject to widespread derision in UK popular culture.

A multimillion dollar industry in Japan.

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Whatever. I can't possibly imagine sitting at home and looking at pictures I took of trains -- just trains -- or bothering to learn about years and models and lines if it did nothing to affect how and where I travelled and served no meaningful function in my life. but if it floats their boats, so to speak. The only time this really bothers me is when they get in the way on platforms or climb fences or areas you're not supposed to be in to get better shots (and sometimes smoke on the platform waiting for the next train), walk around mumbling, etc.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Kobe,

Philistines not read up on their Renton?

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Here in the US we are at a convention of like "Train Men" in the Denver Colorado area. We have one who has traveled from Japan for the National Railway Historical Society convention among the 300 attendees. We are interested in trains and their history. We are a world wide group with chapters in the North America, Japan and Europe.

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You should see these guys on the early morning platforms along the Chuo & Yamanote lines. Truly fascinating!

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Hey, not my cup of tea but this is harmless.

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Choose life, get a life more like.

What don't you set an example and stop commenting on stuff you obviously have no interest in? Some people think people obsessing over overpaid individuals chasing a ball around a paddock is as banal as you think this activity maybe but choose not to spoil their fun.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Looks like they left the Pachinko Parlor for another wild and crazy leisure sport.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Choose life.

Beats sitting on the couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows.

They did choose the leisure wear, though.

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It's OK that you do what you want to do. But, I simply find it hard to understand why they get so hooked on taking pictures of the express train.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Choose life, get a life more like.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

Choose life.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Just now I showed this pic to someone who likes Danny Boyle movies, and predictably he suggested what the guys in the photo must be on.

I disagreed saying that it is clear that these guys are on a bridge.

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