Photographer's Note

These are Tokyo's Riverside Apartments, where you can wake up every morning to the fresh air and the sights and smells of Tokyo's spine: the Sumida River.

The Sumida-gawa runs right up through Tokyo. You can get from Asakusa all the way down to Odaiba by the 'waterbuses' - boats which carry passengers up and down the river.

The "homeless" of Tokyo live here, camped out along the river. Homeless people are a common sight in Tokyo. They live in the train stations, on the parks, and here. I'm sure here must be some of the best digs for a homeless Tokyo-ite... it is oddly quiet and eerily peaceful next to the river, despite the highway directly above and the trains running by on the nearest bridge.

Out of respect I never ventured past this point on the Sumida-gawa terrace. I decided it better to not complicate these people's lives by seeing a foreign tourist. I must seem filthy rich to them, money wise, but I think they have the richest lives here by the river. They might not have TVs, the latest DVDs and games consoles, expensive leather shoes, Armani suits and Swiss watches, but they keep their houses clean and they live lives without complications.

Except for where the next meal is coming from...

Technical: Cropped and made a sepia tone. I feel it makes the image more peaceful and cleaner.

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Additional Photos by Richard Eccleston (Klapaucius) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 28 N: 161] (627)
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