Families, husbands and wives, lovers and people. Dramas that emerge from life's human crossroads... Ordinary people muddle through life and intersect with one another in random ways. Like people walking along road crossings in different directions with no apparent destination in sight. Human Crossing is a realistic portrayal of everyday people in modern Japan with all its beauty and ugliness. In this volume, Human Crossing examines the lives of an actor who gets lost with his own success in "The Cicadas of Winter", an idealistic professor who wants to forget his past in "The Beautiful Afterimage", and a workaholic journalist who rediscovers what's most important in life in "Sidelined". Human Crossing is a collection of short vignettes about hope, a reminder of the small victories one can achieve amid the vicissitudes of life.