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 eccentric old gentleman who helps a boy from bullies in "Whispers", an instructor in a reform school who saves a troubled youth in "The Instructor's Rain and a bar hostess who is accused of stubbing her common law husband in "The Watershed". Human Crossing is a collection of short vignettes about hope, a reminder of the small victories one can achieve amid the vicissitudes of life.