Keitai Zombies of Tokyo

VLC-logo“Keitai” is cellphone in Japanese, and “Zombie” is just a typical Tokyoite.


VLC schoolgirl keitai mobile dumbwalking
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Actually, the schoolgirl above using VLC (videolan media player on her mobile phone) is less stupid than most typical Tokyo tossers.
Right now I am preparing for an adventure in Shibuya …with all the stairs and battling the Keitai Zombies (歩きスマホ) (Japanese “smartphone” users wandering aimlessly while texting) knocking into me on crutches, grrr.

evil-Keitai-Zombies

Simulation shows the chaotic consequences of walking in Shibuya while staring at your phone
RocketNews24 | 2014/04/01…

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I'm a pale, alien, quadruped who has worked for 25+ years at "Maybe-the-Largest Inc." in Tokyo.

8 thoughts on “Keitai Zombies of Tokyo”

  1. Japanese people not pay attention to their surroundings when they walk down the street? Say it ain’t so!!!


  2. Japan’s smartphone ‘zombies’ turn urban areas into human pinball

    The Japan Times | 2014/11/17
    When the lights change at the scramble crossing near Tokyo’s Shibuya Station, one of the world’s busiest crosswalks, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphone screens pick their way through the throng.
    Despite being engrossed in their phones, playing the latest installment of Candy Crush or chatting with their friends on the Line messaging app, most manage to weave around cyclists, skateboarders and their fellow Tokyoites.
    But the growing ranks of these cellphone addicts are turning cities like Tokyo, London, New York and Hong Kong into increasingly hazardous hot spots where zombified shoppers appear to be part of a vast game of human pinball.
    “Hey, watch it!” barked a middle-aged salaryman as a hipster typing on his smartphone slammed into him during one recent Friday evening rush hour.
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