The designer has realistically extracted the movement of trains in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, and with painstaking data notations, this is spectacularly visualized in this work. He examined weekday timetables for 8:00-9:00 am and 9:00-10:00 am, the peak train commuting time zones, to work out the number of trains running and their movement, and represented this as a motion graphic. This work conveys the idea that Chuo Line, Yamanote Line, Ginza Line and other rail lines that form the powerful infrastructure underpinning movement in Tokyo are indeed the beating pulse of the city. Train movement in Tokyo has an amazing complexity and precision not found in Seoul, London, Beijing, Jakarta, or New York, and it is this movement that is indeed the vitality of Tokyo. Every day more than 700,000 passengers pass through Shinjuku, apparently making Shinjuku the busiest station in the world. But this is not due to the size of Shinjuku, nor to the size of the station. Rather, it is the volume and dynamism generated by the overall fluidity of the highly complex interconnected rail network. The images are small and fine, but they accurately grasp the dynamism of this vast city.
(Supervisor: Kenya Hara)