Having money so close and so far at the same time

I captured with my camera these two men that live on the streets of Tokyo next to a couple of banks; I felt sorry for them and they made me think about the irony of this world in where we live. The first one is next to Acomu offices, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ bank, specialized in lending money using short-term loans (from one month to one year) but with really expensive interest rates (between 8% and 18% depending on the case). The second man had built “his home” next to a Mitsubishi UFJ bank branch, one of the largest financial institutions in the world.

Homeless japan

Homeless japan

  • Jeremías Benítez

    April 20, 2010 at 11:47 am

    You shoud try to look a short film named “Homeless me” it’s a short film of a men living on a hut by a river in Tokyo. It gives a different perspective, of the homeless people. Google it or catch the trailer on Youtube.

  • Roy

    April 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Actually, that MUFJ Securities and not Retail Consumer Bank. 😛

  • Julia

    April 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Just curious are the Japanese people around your area just used to you taking pictures of them? I mean do they ever approach you? Or is it just sort of normal now?
    By the way I absolutely love your blog, it’s what first interested me in Japanese culture. Thanks for making it, and providing it in English. It must be a lot of extra work writing the same blog in two different languages.
    Well I just wanted to say thanks tons.

  • kirainet

    April 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    @Jeremías Benítez I’ll take a look at it.

    @Roy I didn’t know how to translate 証券, “securities” to Spanish. I wrote the post in Spanish and when I translated it I forgot about the detail 😉

    @Julia thanks Julia! I usually take pictures without anyone noticing me. But if I really want to take more pictures of something or someone I ask for permission. The problem is that usually pictures taken without the other person noticing are much better, if you ask a Japanese for a picture they will usually do strange things with their hands 🙂