One of the strangest things I’ve seen in Japan so far, is people lying down on the street to take a nap. That’s right, not in a nice meadow, a park or even under a tree somewhere. Just on the concrete.
When I saw this, I wondered if these people were homeless. But they seemed too well-groomed to be homeless. So I just dismissed it as an isolated case of crazy or perhaps drunk people.
But then a few weeks later I saw it again. This time it was definitely not a homeless person as he was wearing a uniform and clearly just taking a nap next to his truck.
Are these people exceptions or is this normal in Japan? It seems very strange that in a country that’s all about purity and cleanliness, people would just take a nap on the ground. But then again, Japan is also the land of contradictions …