The official start of the Japanese Vomiting Season

A so-called “news” update from The Telegraph:japanese commuters

Japanese commuters told to be courteous as standards fall
Telegraph.co.uk – By Julian Ryall in Tokyo – 9:42PM GMT 06 Dec 2008
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Japan Railways [sic] has just launched a poster campaign urging women to “Please do it at home” – put their make-up on, that is….

This news report of, “Japan Railways [sic] has just launched a poster campaign” is wrong in a couple ways. The posters belong to the Tokyo Metro subway not Japan Railways, and the Metro’s campaign was launched eight months ago last April.
barf-boy Tokyo
Check out this fun detail.
please-share seat

Ok, ok, the above poster is my Photoshop fun, but below is the OFFICIAL Tokyo Metro poster, which I saw for the start of the Projectile Vomiting Season in Japan.

train-poster vomit
–Tokyo Metro

Just in time for the end-of-the-year drinking parties*, the Tokyo Metro subway has started to put up new posters today reminding folks to barf at home and not on everyone on the train (as is the norm in Japan flickr).

The barf poster is one of the monthly series for the Tokyo Metro and railways brace for onslaught of holiday-season drunks (Japan Times).

*Called Bonenkai (in the Japanese language:
忘年会, lit. “forget the year gathering”).

japanese_commuters_350x255.jpg Telegraph.co.uk’s photo


The poster series is aimed at cajoling the so-called ‘rude’ Japanese public to have better train manners. In previous months, posters reminded riders to:
— “Please party on the train!
“Not torture eyeballs on jostling trains“,
— “Please do it like a Moose
— “DON’T SWIM IN FRONT OF THE TRAINS
—“Please no umbrella golf on the platform

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12 thoughts on “The official start of the Japanese Vomiting Season”

  1. NOT FAIR !!! i don’t have subway to barf in inside my small town…

    Can I barf inside the streetcars instead ?

  2. The Tokyo Metro ‘has just launched’ this campaign since April, ha, ha.

    Japanese commuters told to be courteous as standards fall
    Telegraph.co.uk – By Julian Ryall in Tokyo – 9:42PM GMT 06 Dec 2008
    Five years ago, it would have been unthinkable for passengers on Japan’s crowded trains to witness a female office worker applying make-up on her way to work. But now, grooming in public is commonplace. For some, such behaviour reflects the fact that the politeness and courtesy that was a trademark of Japanese society are fading fast.
    Standards are falling so rapidly that Japan Railways has just launched a poster campaign urging women to “Please do it at home” – put their make-up on, that is.
    “I would have to say that levels of inconsideration have accelerated in the last five years or so,” said Toshiko Marks, a professor of multicultural understanding at Shumei University. “I first saw a young woman applying her make-up on a train about five years ago but now it is an everyday sight,” she said. “I even see people on trains eating food that has a strong smell, such as noodles, which means everyone has to put up with it.”…MORE

  3. inventorspot.com commented:
    >>Tokyo Metro SHOULD end them here as the Drunken Behavior poster is gonna be really hard to beat< <

    Never fear. The “Subway Manner” {sic} poster campaign will continue until April 1st, and they are sure to cover salaryman nosepicking in the next poster. :-)

  4. Michael wrote:
    That hivemind photo collection is great!

    Sadly, my “photo collection” is also proof that I have too much time on my hands ever since the Hivemind kicked me out of the Collective.

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