Please party on the train!

Every Halloween for the past 30-40 years or so, the aliens of Tokyo have had a tradition of getting drunk in costume and then ride the full loop of the Yamanote commuter line much to the bewilderment of locals. As you can see from the official November poster below, even the Tokyo Metro got into the Halloween fun

party-train poster tokyo

Read more about the Yamanote Halloween Hijack/Train Party here.

The above poster is one of the monthly series for the Tokyo Metro subways aimed at cajoling the so-called ‘rude’ Japanese public to have better train manners. In previous months, posters reminded riders to:
“Not torture eyeballs on jostling trains“,
— “Please do it like a Moose
—“Please no umbrella golf on the platform

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3 thoughts on “Please party on the train!”

  1. Sounds like fun to me!

    MPD, JR boost security to stop Halloween havoc
    The Yomiuri Shimbun (Nov. 1, 2008)
    Security was tightened on Tokyo’s train network Friday in a bid to prevent foreign merrymakers causing mayhem in trains and stations during Halloween celebrations.
    Last year, about 300 costumed foreigners gathered at JR Shinjuku and other stations after the event was advertised online.
    Many of the revelers were drunk, and some services were delayed after they removed fluorescent lights on trains and caused other damage.
    East Japan Railway Co. put up warning posters at all 29 stations on the Yamanote Line and boosted its security personnel with help from the Metropolitan Police Department’s railway police unit.

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    some of the reasons why bizarre English signage pops up in Asia. One of the most common causes is a fundamental difference in the way sentences are structured between English and other languages
    Sometimes, the real difference isn’t between languages, but cultures. For example, the Japanese message here, presumably hung in a pub, actually does say “Thank you for drinking with us regularly.” Japan doesn’t really have a problem with drinking as long as you’re not bothering others, which is one of the reasons we love it here ...more…

    — RocketNews24 | 2014/12/06:
    Strange English signs in China and Japan …

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