Tokyo manners take a hit

tokyo metro manners poster 2012 aug subway train japan
metro manners in japanese

On the left, this month’s Metro manners poster* is a bit more nagging nanny-ish than most of ones I have featured on the 3Yen.

For the most part, Japanese on the Tokyo subway are eerily quiet, almost zombie-like on the trains. In the photo below shot on the platform a Takenobaba, it looks like the ‘rude’, yacking girls in the Metro Manners poster are about to take a hit.

tokyo metro manners poster take a hit
Embiggen on flickr to the original, full-sized photo, 2592 x 1944 px.

‘The head’ by sekihan | creative commons some rights reserved

Rear-loading and hauling in Harajuku Tokyo

This truck loads from the rear.

truck harajuku ayumi hamasaki party queen tokyo fashion
Ok, let’s have a close-up look at that Party Queen hauling ass through the Harajuku fashion district of Tokyo.
Ayumi Hamasaki party queen close-up
Embiggen the large original (1920 x 1080 px) truck photo via tokyo-fashion’s flickr.
Caption: Ayumi Hamasaki “Party Queen”—truck driving in front of LaForet Harajuku with a giant photo of J-Pop “Party Queen” Ayumi Hamasaki in her underwear on all fours.


New Year … new ‘fuckin’ engrish

The new year has the new winner for “fuckin” engrish for the start of the January sales here in Tokyo Japan.

The “Fuckin’ Sale” signs have been taken down and the poor store has been forced to offer apologies! More…

(reposted from 1/5/2012)

Drunk cats threaten the Tokyo Metro trains!

BIO-TERROR ALERT: The Tokyo Metro has put up posters warning about drunk felines dripping with bio-waste cat gack and passed out on the train platforms and subway seats.

Yes, it’s that time of year again in Japan for the end-of-year drinking parties—the infamous Bonekai. In previous years, Tokyo Metro posters warned of the official start of the Projectile Vomiting Season more graphically such as…

train-poster vomit
—Tokyo Metro—

The holiday vomiting poster is one of the monthly series of “Manner” [sic] propaganda on the Tokyo Metro system as the railways brace for onslaught of holiday-season drunks (Japan Times).

Japanese language note:
Bonenkai bonenkai-japanese-kanji, literally
means “forget the year gathering.”

‘Smorking’ fun

no smorking sign japan
My buddy Bucky* found this Japanese sign (L) with, “apologies if it has already been posted.” These “Smorking” signs are a Japanese classic that I swear the Japanese are put them up in conspicuous public places to entertain English speaking tourists.
For example, check out the results of using the search term “smorking” on below ↓.

You can find a linguistic explanation ‘Smorking’ fun by Peter Payne of J-List in our Comments section.

engRish no smoRking sign

Previous 3Yen reports touching on the topic of engrish “smorking” include:
. . . Smorky cheese (3Yen / 2007-09-01)
. . . That biatch is sick (3Yen / 2005-02-15)
. . . Smorking cleaner (3Yen / 2009-08-15)

Japanese Jesus saves…

Japanese Jesus saves brollies as part of this vintage campaign from better subway manners on the Tokyo Metro, which is apropo for the official start of the rainy season in Tokyo*


The idea of the poster is for people to be more considerate and not forget their umbrellas. Every train car on a rainy day in Japan will have several wet umbrellas left behind by their senile owners (or intentionally dumped if the rain has stopped). Rail companies by law have collect and tag, then store all the forgotten moldy brollies for six months so their owners can claim them.

You can find the Bumbershoot Bejebus shown above and more Metro manners posters at:

Cooking Hair vs Ash Hair Make

3Yen reader “z” and I have started exchanging photos of Japanese beauty salon with odd, dangerous sounding engrish names.

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And my all-favorite, “SNOTTY BOY BARBAR” (sic).

‘Make Up — Image Down’ : Japanese train advertisements

“Make Up — Image Down”©
Yesterday, my friend, Miya-san, snapped this photo of advertisement on a Tokyo train platform promoting better public transport manners. In this case, the poster is admonishing young women not to trowel on their heavy, kabuki-like make-up while riding on Japan’s jostling, overcrowded commuter trains.

Make Up, Image Down - Japanese train advertisement

A year ago I wrote about what is perceived here as problems with, Japanese manners on the trainseyelash tortures. The MSN-Mainichi News editorialized about: “a woman, aged around 30, boarding the Metro subway at the first stop on the line. Once seated, she promptly went to work on her eyelashes using a hinged metal device that resembled a pair of pliers, or perhaps a dentist’s tool used for tooth extractions….a device, which applies pressure to make the lashes curl upward….

JT campaigns for public manners
Although I see these campaigns for public “manners” as rather amusing, older Japanese attach importance to them, much to the mystification of younger folks here.

Oddly, this “Make Up — Image Down” poster seems to be part of “Smokin’ Clean©” / “Smoking Manners©” campaigns of Japan Tobacco Inc (JT). I don’t really understand the connection of slathering on pancake makeup in a public and the quasi-public monopoly, JT, but for many years they have been running these hinky, green-on-white, bilingual ads with some effect. That is, Japan has the world’s politest chainsmokers—Many even carry around their own pocket ashtrays.


The CombiBento blog has set up a gallery of many of these weirdo “Smoking Manners” posters: “Let the hilarity ensue.”

Japan Tobacco Corporation's bilingual ads