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Tokyo Lifeguards

Tokyo Lifeguards

From their small towers, the local lifeguards look out for drifting bathers and provide advice to beachgoers while working on their tan. It seems a long way from inner-city Tokyo, which is how many of them like it. 
On the outskirts of Tokyo is the Chiba peninsula. By train it takes about a couple of hours from the centre of Tokyo, with two changes, before getting off in one of the smaller town centres that make up the Chiba peninsula. It looks much like the rest of outer suburban Tokyo, with a similar style of dense housing surrounding the train station while small rice fields intermixed with larger houses become the norm as you get closer to the beach. 
No-one makes a living out there from lifeguarding, its more like a good summer job for young people wanting to escape city life for a little bit. There were bike couriers, chefs, book binders, surfers, students - all sorts would become lifeguards for the summer. In semi-militarist style the lifeguards line up in the morning at attention for the days briefing, lunch is delivered to work by working ladies and is a variable bento, and the working day begins and ends on a precise second. 
Before too long, a typical day sees relaxed Tokyo locals drifting out to sea on plastic inflatable animals. Watermelons are cracked open on the beach as loud speakers give regular updates. From their small towers, the local lifeguards look out for drifting bathers and provide advice to beachgoers while working on their tan. It seems a long way from inner-city Tokyo, which is how many of them like it. 
Craig Allsop
 
Craig Allsop
Craig Allsop is an applied anthropologist. He’s interested in remote ways of life as well as the stuff found down the street. His photography work deals with ways of seeing, and being in the world, the sort of work that’s not for people in a hurry. After long periods of travel the past couple of years have seen Craig somewhat settled in West Australia. Working and exploring the remote West Australian Desert.
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