Photographer's Note

Ahh, the wait. A persistant exertion of body and mind as one waits for the next chapter. For this man, it was the stop light, or two, or maybe a friend?

But with anything Japanese like the Sakura blossoms in Spring, the Koyo in Fall and the often overwhelming crowds at temples/shrines and exibits throughout Japan, there is an engrained sense of patience within them that is far beyond what I can comprehend. It's often to the point of insanity as per Expo 2005's arduous exibit wait times (3-6 hours) in the sweltering summer heat. Others would have pulled the plug, called it quits and went home.

But you say...this gentleman's just waiting for the next light to change or a friend to show. Maybe so! As with his perseverance in waiting, he also showed a fierce focus on the keitai that never waned. Enough so that I crouched low, took my several shots and moved on. One could argue that that keitai was grafted into his hand as a newborn. Quite possibly, but it helped him pass his time, and he helped me pass mine with the void of one intersection in downtown Sakae, Nagoya.

Watching girls go passing by
It ain't the latest thing
I'm just standing in a doorway
I'm just trying to make some sense
Out of these girls go passing by
The tales they tell of men
I'm not waiting on a lady
I'm just waiting on a friend
Rolling Stones - No Security

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