Here are some photo collections of people’s commutes. What about you? What does yours look like?
(Photos from “Share your morning journey”)
Here’s a taste of my own Tokyo commute. I move from residential area to city to the outskirts of the city, where many of the universities moved in the 1980s and 90s. I often encourage students to move closer to campus, but I live pretty far away myself. It’s one big difference from my own college experiences in the U.S. Everyone lived on campus, or in off-campus housing nearby. Here in Tokyo, most students (I’d have to take a survey to find out the exact percentage) live at home and commute to campus. Many of them are commuting 1, 2 and some even 3 hours each way, by train usually. So I think my commute is typical of many Japanese university students.
It’s not a bad commute. I spend a lot of time on the train, but it’s a good chance to read and listen to podcasts and audio books. Tokyo trains are famously punctual. I’m glad I don’t have to drive to work.