Japan’s avid trainspotters go to extreme lengths to capture the perfect photo

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Japan’s trains are not only famous for their speed and efficiency, they also have a dedicated following. But some of these train photographers, known as toritetsu in Japanese, have been blamed for overstepping the line while trying to capture a perfect photo of passing trains. They are just one group of train fans. Others include noritetsu who purely enjoy riding trains; ekibentetsu who concentrate on the boxed lunches sold at stations and soshikitetsu known for “mourning” decommissioned trains. But the toritetsu are the ones drawing some negative attention while chasing photos of their subjects, with some accused of being rude or even violent at railway stations.

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