One of the stereotypes of Tokyo is busyness. Tokyo is a place where thousands of people live and work. One of the things I enjoyed doing in Tokyo was observing the life of employees in Tokyo. According to one of the articles I had read, Japan is known to have a long work hour. It could reach 60 hours of work each week. While I was in Tokyo, I stayed at Kanda, which was one of the work centers in Tokyo. It might sound strange, but I would listen to the daily life of employees while I was in Tokyo: from the footsteps, the hustling sounds of stations, and the noise from Izakatya or other places people would go to after work. While I was observing, I was able to feel and hear different sounds throughout the week.
Monday morning was a time filled with burden and pressure. At least that is how I felt. First of all, riding the train on a Monday morning was torment. The train would be crowded by people going to work. The sound of Monday mornings felt very cold and serious. At the station, footsteps often sound hurried and there would be no laughter. Everyone looked all focused.
Friday night had a completely different atmosphere. On 5th April, I wanted to look for some ramen near Kanda Station, because I was starving. The transition from winter to spring here in Tokyo was still cold. While I was walking to the station, I passed quite a lot of employees. They were all still wearing their work attire. “White collar” or “sarariman” (from phrase: ‘salary man’) was something we would often call them.
Tonight, the area around Kanda Station was very lively. Everyone was celebrating the weekend like they were letting go of the entire burden they were carrying. They were divided into groups, a very Japanese culture. There were many sounds of laughter, but on the corner of the street there were other workers offering karaoke, restaurants, bar, cafes, and other form of entertainment. It was also very lively in Izakaya. The days full of pressure had passed for now.