“Mokushi” means ‘visual confirmation’ and it is strictly adhered to by Japanese train conductors. They often stick their heads out of the train windows to see with their own eyes, without the use of any mirrors or monitors. They never take their eyes off of upcoming platforms or platforms they’re passing by. They look ahead and then look behind. You’ll notice, even if you consider it a small thing, that this conductor didn’t look at my camera at all and I was shooting him continuously for quite a while. I found what he was doing to be so mesmerizing. He had such a procedure going. As a photographer, I guess I notice people and things maybe a bit more than others do ~ and I just find it interesting and it makes me wonder…is it so routine for riders that they give no thought to what this guy does on a daily basis? It’s an extremely important job and their lives are in his hands. It’s his job to stop the train immediately if anyone outside brushes up against the train, falls off of a platform…and these things can happen, especially during rush hours. His focused eyes and ability to react quickly safeguards the lives of thousands of passengers a day. Here are some images:
28sep14. The Hankyu Line. Japan.