Omiya-Minami High School of Saitama Prefecture won the 23rd High School Manga Championship of Japan with a reinterpreted cartoon of the priority seating sign (R) found on Japanese trains.
According to Ky0d0 News (2014-Aug-08) this winning manga depicts:
children sitting on priority seats on trains and striking poses similar to the signs above them for those eligible for the seats.”
A few of the many previous reports on the 3Yen of priority seating and train manners* in Japan include:
The 3Yen’s correspondent-at-large, Den4, writes:
Let’s Eye Poking Umbrella style for today’s train manners lesson.
PSA / open use
For even more fun, check out the official Tokyo Metro manners poster for the month of June.
Even though Tokyo already has been cloudy/rainy for a couple of days, Tokyo’s official rainy season (tsuyu) is supposed to start June 8th (japan-guide.com). The Japan Meteorological Agency announced that the rainy season has started in the southern half of Japan in the Chogoku, Kinki and Tokai regions (Japan Metrological Agency).
Previous 3Yen reports of Japan’s rainy season include:
Trains are dangerous. Fight them with your briefcase and umbrella with friends! — Brian (@briandesu)
A few of the many previous 3Yen posts reporting on the trials-&-tribulations of Tokyo train warfare and “manners” include:
• Manner Fart art (3Yen / 2013-04-01)
• Japanese Tsukin Jigoku—commuter hell (3Yen / 2013-01-11)
• There’s always a seat next to a gaijin/alien ↓ (3Yen / 2010-09-08)
"If there are potential witnesses nearby, move to another part of the train to do your groping." #traintips
— The Hopeful Monster (@SublightMonster) March 24, 2014
The real question is, who is the “witness” and who is the “gropee“?
Other 3Yen posts dealing Tokyo’s problems with molesters include:
—HOW-TO GUIDE for ‘CHIKAN’/MOLESTER FUN in Japan!
. . . . . (3Yen / 2006-07)
—Groping, Tokyo’s favorite pastime on the trains
. . . . . (3Yen / 2005-02)
←Please molest behind the white line
. . . . . (3Yen / 2009-08-06)
— Metro molester manners (3Yen / 2011-02-01)
改札の情報量が多い—Information overload at the ticket gate in Tokyo
@nomolk on Twitter December 7, 2013
Christmas ‘romance’ on the Tokyo Metro…according to the December train manners poster, ha, ha.
The above poster is a reminder to the hoards of drunks (3Yen / 2011-Dec-02) who will be projectile vomiting (3Yen / 2008-Nov-01) on the Tokyo subway during this holiday season.
You should also check out the dozens of the previous “Train Manner [sic]” posters that have been posted on the 3Yen.
With the demise last month of Tokyo’s favorite long suffering train manners guy shown above (3Yen / 2013Apr01), the Metro posters such as this month’s shown below have not been very much fun to follow…
Please, let’s now have a moment of silence.
I am deeply saddened to say that a long-time contributer to the 3Yen, the Tokyo Metro Manners Man, who has been featured for years in posters promoting better subway behavior, has disappeared and is presumed lost after taking a train spotting vacation.
Over the years, the 3Yen has featured the trials and tribulations of the long-suffering Metro Manners Man as shown below.
Shown below is the first poster of the Tokyo Metro’s new manners campaign featuring this year’s catchy slogan, “MANNER FART*,” which is similar to the old slogan of Tokyo Gas Company, “MY CITY, MY GAS” (3Yen / 2008-09-24).
*Note: The original Metro poster reads (Manner heart) but (Manner fart) sounds more euphonious doesn’t it?
Right now in the last throes of winter, the air in Japan is extremely dry if you get my “drift.”
Click to view the original non-parody poster.
Check out the 3Yen’s many other non-dandruff related train manners posters for the Tokyo Metro here.
The next time you’re on the Tokyo Metro subway and you see the logo on the right, you can catch MANTA rays—the free Wifi of the new “MANTA” (Metro Amusement Network Trinity App) service. This is a good deal because in Japan, WiFi is seldom free and always a nuisance to find.
According to the wonders of goofy Google Translate of the MANTA developer, NTT Broadband Platform Inc., Metro station information, subway timetables, station maps will offer via mobile device apps for the particular service area you are in without the hassle of searching. The WiFi and apps will offer the day’s video news and “entertainment information” as well as information on avoiding crowded areas and which train cars to board for the best access.
In case you were wondering about it being ominously called a “Trinity App,” learn more information on how this new mobile app with free Wi-Fi access will be used to “track and provide changes to passenger habits” at the report at Computerword (Feb. 13, 2013): Tokyo Metro, which runs the underground trains in the city, will test how riders react to a new mobile portal.