I ride the Tsukuba Express (TX) nearly everyday because my job isn’t within walking/bike-riding distance anymore 🙁 . I get off the train everyday at Moriya Staion and am usually dodging the oncoming onslaught of Tokyo commuters rushing to their morning train. Or, I’m leaving work, munching on an onigiri before hopping on the semi-rapid back to Tsukuba for the evening.
One day I was just taking my time to get back to the TX and although I’ve probably seen it about a dozen times, there was this beautiful, stained-glass window that captured my full attention. It was like I was seeing it for the very first time. For some, a stained-glass window in Moriya Station isn’t particularly interesting, but when you come from where I do, where people don’t take nearly as much pride in their public transportation as Japan does (sorry MARTA-Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority-but it’s true) it can be fascinating.
I was finishing up my day at work, and had my camera on me. So I decided to take a picture of this window. It had quite a calming effect on me. The reds, oranges, pinks, whites, blacks, and yellows were illuminated by sinking sun’s last rays of the day. I just stood there for a while thinking “This is so cool.” As with most things in Japan, my camera can only do so much justice. In person, things are a bit more breathtaking.
This is just one of hundreds of stations in Japan. I’ve seen some other cool decor at other stations I’ve been to as well. I’ll have to show you some of those pictures sometime, too. In the meantime, if you’re in a Japanese train station and you have the time, you might want to take a moment to look around you, because you just might find something amazing.
Until next time,