Sleeping on the Street

Updated: Feb 7


"From the Terminal Station, Guangzhou 1997" #68 ©Toru Ukai

"From the Terminal Station, Guangzhou 1997" #13 ©Toru Ukai



Guangzhou is located just south of the Tropic of Cancer and the weather is hot and humid.

I found a lot of people sleeping outdoors or on the bare ground in the middle of 1990’s. Natives did so for escaping the heat in their rooms and the migrants did in the same way until they got jobs and accommodations somewhere in the city. Everything about it looked so natural and practical that I was never surprised. It seemed that they only concentrated on living a normal life or surviving. They did it without keeping up appearances. It's one of the most difficult things for us, the Japanese. I learned a lot from the naked realities of people’s daily lives there.


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