every taxi is a biosphere

 

 

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every taxi is a biosphere

 

 

 

 

with its own, inimitable ( uninhabitable ) smell.

 

 

 

 

 

some are repugnant, leave you gasping – they reek of garlic; of tooth decay; unwashed follicles ; of the idiosyncratic concentration of one person’s unique body odour marinated for days weeks years in that same, enclosed space – the poignant, intimate HUMANITY of it all

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

others are clean ; fragrant, quizzical; pristine, even perfumed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(older Japanese men and their old fashioned hair liquids – aldehydic, warm, woody florals that scent like male, Madame Rochas)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 responses to “every taxi is a biosphere

  1. Some are repugnant, and leave you gasping – they reek of garlic; of tooth decay; of follicles ; of the idiosyncratic concentration of one person’s unique body odour marinated for days weeks years in that same, enclosed space – the poignant, intimate HUMANITY of it all

    Love this olfactory glimpse into a Japanese microcosm.

    • A human microcosm, surely.

      Are taxis elsewhere odourless?

      • All depends on the cabbie. Most, like the lovely man in Duncan’s photo, are sweetly laundered and scrubbed; others (rare) not so much. Occasionally I do enjoy a ride when the interior smells like vindaloo and incense and Chandan Dass is blasting on the radio. These guys are some of the friendliest.

  2. And the photo is perfect.

    • Actually Duncan took this one last week or so in Tokyo. The driver was so nice, he said (they are often so genteel here; white gloves, the white embroidered doily- like seat covers, the automatic doors) that he asked if he could take this picture.

      I wasn’t there, but I am guessing that this well-groomed chappie’s cab was clean and pleasant smelling.

  3. Oh my goodness… I would pray to only catch the sweetest cabs in Tokyo! Loved this pungent post.

  4. In terms of tidiness…..my god, Japanese taxis are Titans.

    The smell: : it comes entirely down to the particular individual.

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