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