Nov 25th 2008 By Tom Radler
In the Tom Hank's flick "The Terminal," an Eastern European man is stuck in a New York airport, unable to enter or leave the country. Even though it was really, really boring, Japanese national Hiroshi Nohara has decided to more or less reenact the movie
in Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport.
Nohara has been at the airport for three months,
sleeping in a chair and living off donations and gifts from travelers. Recently, he started to attract attention -- and even become something of a local celebrity in Mexico. Local television news stations give daily updates on him, and tourists stop Nohara to pose for photos.
Despite showing up in Mexico with a visa and a return ticket, Nohara claims to have no motive, and hasn't decided how long he'll stay in the airport. "I don't understand why I'm here," he said. "I don't have a reason." Question Raised:
Is Nohara on an existential journey or is he simply a bum that's lucky enough to have access to regularly cleaned bathrooms?