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X-Ray Vision: Tomoyuki Tanaka Opens Up Tokyo’s Train Stations With Intricate Ballpoint Drawings


For the most part, commuters don’t stop to notice the complexity of the systems they use to get around each day. Like water and electricity, the smooth operation of the rail system is mostly taken for granted, commanding attention only when something goes awry.

Counteracting our collective apathy, Tomoyuki Tanaka’s ballpoint drawings of Tokyo’s train stations remind us how remarkable urban transportation really is. By rendering the exteriors of Japan’s largest rail stations transparent, Tanaka lays bare the massive infrastructure that allows people to efficiently navigate the labyrinth of the modern city. The result is nothing short of captivating.

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