The problem with the Metro’s anti-newspaper poster is that reading of newspapers (as well as manga and books) on commuter trains has dropped to almost nothing in the past five years. Whether it’s the middle of the day or rush hour, more often or not, when I look around train in Tokyo not one person is reading a paper—Everyone is fiddling with their keitai/cell phone.
Japan’s railway companies try to keep passengers’ manners on track Top News–Thu, 03/19/2009….This year, popular Japanese illustrator Bunpei Yorifugi was hired for the job. Takeshi Kuroda, who works for the Tokyo railway operator Tokyu Dentetsu, said he was convinced that such messages worked… “For the past two years, we've also had signs to meet the wishes of customers who complain….we get fewer calls from customers who complain about people with loud headphones.”
Actually, rather than standing on crutches, I love sitting on the floor of the train in front of the seats reserved for the handicapped.
Sometimes when I’m feeling frisky I ask the seated folks to, “Please hold my crutches so I can hang from the straps with both hands.”
As you can see in the signage, they ought to know that those are reserved for aliens, ha, ha.
Yikes! Here’s January’s train manners poster for the Tokyo Metro. Hmmm, now what is the pictured couple doing that they should, “please be considerate of passengers getting on and off”? View original size.
Actual train love photo thanks to our reader “Coligny”…
This news report of, “Japan Railways [sic] has just launched a poster campaign” is wrong in a couple ways. The posters belong to the Tokyo Metro subway not Japan Railways, and the Metro’s campaign was launched eight months ago last April.
Check out this fun detail.
Ok, ok, the above poster is my Photoshop fun, but below is the OFFICIAL Tokyo Metro poster, which I saw for the start of the Projectile Vomiting Season in Japan.
Just in time for the end-of-the-year drinking parties*, the Tokyo Metro subway has started to put up new posters today reminding folks to barf at home and not on everyone on the train (as is the norm in Japan flickr).
Every Halloween for the past 30-40 years or so, the aliens of Tokyo have had a tradition of getting drunk in costume and then ride the full loop of the Yamanote commuter line much to the bewilderment of locals. As you can see from the official November poster below, even the Tokyo Metro got into the Halloween fun…
As part of the ongoing series of the Tokyo Metro’s “Train Manner” (sic) campaign, here’s October’s poster…
Click to view full-size poster.
Playing “air golf”–visualization practice—on train platforms is one of the more entertaining hobbies of ever-madcap salarymen that you can observe in Japan. Golf visualization practice has results in a few deaths but mostly it’s just fun quirk of Japanese life. As well as traditional “air guitar,” I have seen air bowling, air ballroom dancing, and air badminton being practiced on subway and train platforms.
As I have mentioned before, this is a monthly series of posters in the subway cajoling the so-called ‘rude’ Japanese public to have better train manners. In previous months, posters reminded women to “Not torture eyeballs on jostling trains.”