In these fraught economic times, combined with far from economic fares, it’s a tough time indeed for Japan’s tens of thousands of taxi drivers.
And, if that wasn’t enough, it’s a job made all the more complicated when the streets are so congested that it’s not always possible to collect those who are financially comfortable enough to actually call a cab.
Wow. It seems almost silly to be driving down that road. I wonder if his spedometer is equipped to register meters per hour?
The fare can go up at such an alarming rate Lizzy they may well register millimetres per hour!
Grass Jelly says
Taxis are by far the most comfortable form of public transportation in Tokyo, but unfortunately also the most expensive. I felt like a country hick the first time I tried to open and close the automatic doors.
Yes, the automatic doors take some getting used to don’t they?
I find Japanese taxis strangely comforting as the doily-like seat coverings remind me of being in my grandmother’s house when I was a child.
Ken C says
I like the look of relief on the driver’s face when the gaijin actually knows where he wants to go.
Great photo of the elderly driver – but they still keep their cool – we handed over our 10000 yen note apologetically for a 600 yen ride but the driver managed to make change most graciously. Ok 600 yen for 200 metres…
Great shot. Yeah, driving through China town might not be the best of choices, I always wonder why the local politicians allow cars in there?!