When living in Tokyo one learns to dodge people in all walks of life. For example, there is a special technique one has to develop for walking on train platforms, especially during the morning commute hours. One has to strategically place oneself within the crowd when getting off the train to be able to dash for the escalator, inconveniently located across the platform, as soon as one puts one's foot down on the platform. Sounds complicated, doesn't it? But everyday, millions of people in Tokyo try to do just that.
Another inconvenience is that many intersections in Tokyo are built to allow people to crisscross the streets at the same time; and most Japanese people tend to walk across and in zigzags everywhere else, including train platforms. Walking to work every morning thus becomes an obstacle course that resembles the movement of atoms in a heated molecule. Summarized in one word as chaotic. Imagine trying to beat a crowd of a million people to the escalator when there is--an old lady with a cane, a slow businessman with a briefcase, a clumsy Japanese girl in her heels--all trying to cross one's path, run into one, trip one, or take one out all together. Then one finally makes it to the escalator and to the top, one gets to the turnstile line and then... some office lady forgets that her commuter pass expired and after sliding it into the turnstile turns around, disrupts the flow of thousands of people, tries to get out of the crowd, and confuses everyone around her. Not that this daily experience should frustrate anyone, it should enrich one's life in Japan and make one's morning commutes amusing.
At least I have a feeling of achievement every morning I get to work. “I completed the course! 365 days more to go!”