Plane spotting takes off as latest fad among women
News On Japan via Japan Times -- Jun 28
Years after female Japanese train spotters were given the nickname "tetsuko," which loosely translates as "rail girl," officials of Narita International Airport and the nearby city of Narita, Chiba Prefecture, recently coined the word "sorami" - "air girl" - to describe members of the growing band of female plane spotters.
Just as a tetsuko would crisscross the nation to photograph different trains, so a sorami such as Ayumi Fukuda, a 34-year-old public servant from Takaishi, Osaka Prefecture, travels from Hokkaido to Okinawa to capture images of airplanes.
In May, she was one of 27 participants in an event organized for sorami in Narita.
"I don't understand why airplanes can fly, and that's why I'm attracted to them," said Fukuda, a plane spotter of five years.
Source: Japan Times
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