No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. The man in this video is actually walking backward, and the video has been edited to make it appear as though he is moving forward. The result: a completely strange and unique tour of Tokyo that's hard to stop watching — and that's the point. The original nine-hour product aired in France, a new addition to the growing Slow TV movement.
Filmed by Simon Bouisson, the video features 28-year-old French photographer Ludovic Zuili. According to Wired, Zuili took dance lessons to master his backwards gait. Though his stride may look a bit awkward at times, his hard work is apparent when passersby decide to join him (as in the fantastic selfie moment about 40 seconds in).
For more absolutely fascinating footage, check out the longer video below and another selection of clips on Vimeo: