August 5, 2010

Easy As 1-2-3


You can see from the dust that this public phone hasn't been used in awhile. Probably because everyone has a cellphone these days.

Lately many of the public phones have been taken away. I don't see these green public phones as much as I used to anymore. These three are at the Tokorozawa Station, patiently waiting for someone in need of a public phone.


As of last year, it's said that there are 105 million cellphone users in Japan, which has a population of about 127 million. So that's..what...80 percent? I have to wonder how this compares to other countries.

I've had a cell phone since my first year of high school. How about you?

10 comments:

Lisergic Synaesthesiae said...

Great photo!
Love the colours, especially the light in the second. Very well framed!

((I've just found that in Italy there are 122 phones for every 100 inhabitants :X ))

JM said...

I don't usually pay attention to public phones but now that you mention them I also think that I don't see many around... Interesting! :-)

arabesque said...

haha, i;m a late bloomer, i had my 1st c.phone when i was in college. ^0^
ps:
the title reminded me of a song.

Francisca said...

I like these photos and, like JM, I can't say I remember when I last saw a public phone. I love my computer and was the first among all my friends to get an email address... but cell phone!? Had to be bullied into getting one by my partner... and I still leave it around...

altadenahiker said...

I had one, but thank god, there's no reception in my hills.

and I know it's good for going about town or state to state, etc., but I hate feeling tracked down and tied.

(Your public phones are kind of snazzy. Ours look like something out of film noir.)

T. Becque said...

I don't know what it is in the US, but I would assume something absurd!

Babzy said...

i like the photo of the 3 green phones :) It's a pity that public phones deasapear ,there are so convenient for the population who can't afford or doen't want a cell phone .

Kaori said...

Hi everyone! Thank you for all the comments and new info :D

Lisergic S, 122 for every 100??? WOW! They must really like their cells over there ;-D

Arabesque, I was humming the song while posting, hehe :D

Fracisca, I also had a very old cellphone while all my friends had the newest high-tech ones! But now I seem to have joined the crowd, although I'm still terrible at answering text messages :-)

Altadenahiker, very true! I'd forgotten how great it was to be cellphone free until I lost it for a few days. It's heaven not having to check every other minute if you've gotten a call, msg, etc! ;-D

Kaori said...

JM, Babzy, they really are disapearing slowly but steadily. And it really is convenient at times! :-)

T. Becque, I'm sure the US exceeds us. The iPhone is starting to become popular here, too. :D

Tall Gary said...

I have been looking at the green phones thinking, “Oh, yeah, those look familiar.” Then I realized that they could be now or in the future part of a museum diorama. Well, the museum can use your photo to learn how best to display them: When the time comes (please don’t tell me, “yesterday”).

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