—High-quality poster on the Toho Line. Though maybe it worked…I’m not posting this while walking. #sapporo
This seems to be the first “live-action” appearance of “Dameyo Man”—the manga mascot of the Sapporo Transportation bureau—His head reads: ST ダ メ ヨ.
In my mind, I love to half-ass mistranslate the Japanese Dameyo Man” as ‘Damn-It Man’ lol. Actually, Dameyo (ダメヨ～!!) is better translated as “That’s no good!” or “You can’t do that!”
Our previous reports of Smart Ho” walking include:
As I have mentioned here many times, in Japan Drunkenness is Next to Godliness…even the Shinto gods love getting ripsnorting wasted. Especially salarymen, the Japanese are known as some of the worst falling down drunks on the planet. You can imagine my surprise when the following survey finds that Japan’s younger folks are much less interested in drinking with 40% of men in their 20s who never or almost never drink.
Younger Japanese men less interested in drinking, according to survey Japan Today | 2016-Jan-05
…According to sales tax figures, the consumption of booze is down to about 89% of its heyday in 1996…
…to help shed light on this trend, wine website WineBazaar conducted a survey of 6,638 men and women between the ages of 20 and 70, asking “How often do you drink?”..
… things get interesting when factoring in age as well. Women stay roughly the same, with “non-drinkers” making up 40 to 50% of them regardless of age. For men over 60, only 25% are classified as “non-drinkers” but that number rises significantly to 39.8% when asking men in their 20s. More...
Basically, 40% of men in their 20s who report they “never or almost never drink” are really saying they can’t afford it. Also, company sponsored drinking is down 80% since the collapse of Japan’s economic “Bubble” in the early ’90s and the “Lost Decade(s)” of the continuing recession since then.
goofy Google Translate:
Two high school girls hesitating over the only vacant seat in a train lose it to a woman who sneaks in between them and takes it. Much annoyed, sparks fly as the schoolgirls stare each other down, face off, and an AIR CHAIR BATTLE ensues.
A few of our many posts about the amusing manners for train seats here include:
New Ukiyo-e train etiquette posters for Seibu trains targeting foreigners? giga-goofy Google Translate of trafficnews.jp | 2016-Sept-15
Seibu Railways has started a new “manners up” (マナーアップ) promotion with the slogan, “Train in the junk stands astride” (電車内迷惑図絵), ha, ha.
Debuting on September 15, 2016, these train etiquette posters have a motif of traditional ukiyo‑e prints, and they are aimed at interesting foreigners in their message.
The posters have illustrations of the Edo Era (1603 to 1868) of people causing a space problem on a modern train car and include an English admonishment, “Please let others sit comfortably” …more...
Also check out our previous reports about train “man-spreading” manners as well as our other posts on ukiyo‑e prints: