The official start of the Japanese Vomiting Season

A so-called “news” update from The Telegraph:japanese commuters

Japanese commuters told to be courteous as standards fall
Telegraph.co.uk – By Julian Ryall in Tokyo – 9:42PM GMT 06 Dec 2008
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Japan Railways [sic] has just launched a poster campaign urging women to “Please do it at home” – put their make-up on, that is….

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.
barf-boy Tokyo
Check out this fun detail.
please-share seat

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.

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–Tokyo Metro

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).

The barf poster is one of the monthly series for the Tokyo Metro and railways brace for onslaught of holiday-season drunks (Japan Times).

*Called Bonenkai (in the Japanese language:
忘年会, lit. “forget the year gathering”).

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The poster series is aimed at cajoling the so-called ‘rude’ Japanese public to have better train manners. In previous months, posters reminded riders to:
— “Please party on the train!
“Not torture eyeballs on jostling trains“,
— “Please do it like a Moose
— “DON’T SWIM IN FRONT OF THE TRAINS
—“Please no umbrella golf on the platform

Please party on the train!

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

party-train poster tokyo

Read more about the Yamanote Halloween Hijack/Train Party here.



The above poster is one of the monthly series for the Tokyo Metro subways aimed at cajoling the so-called ‘rude’ Japanese public to have better train manners. In previous months, posters reminded riders to:
“Not torture eyeballs on jostling trains“,
— “Please do it like a Moose
— “DON’T SWIM IN FRONT OF THE TRAINS
—“Please no umbrella golf on the platform

Please no umbrella golf on the platform.

As part of the ongoing series of the Tokyo Metro’s “Train Manner(sic) campaign, here’s October’s poster…

do-it Please no umbella golf

Click to view full-size poster.

Rest-of-the-story….
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.

This monthly series of posters in the Tokyo subway are aimed at cajoling the so-called ‘rude’ Japanese public to have better train manners. In previous months, posters reminded riders to “Not torture eyeballs on jostling trains“, “Please do it like a Moose” and “DON’T SWIM IN FRONT OF THE TRAINS“.

Please do it on the mountain.

Here’s the Tokyo Metro’s September poster for “Train Manner” (sic).
do it on the mountain Japan
Click to view real poster.

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As I have mentioned before, this is a monthly series of posters in the Tokyo 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” and “DON’T SWIM IN FRONT OF THE TRAINS“.


The above photo of Elk coupling is from Japan’s Hihokan Erotic Museum — a kinky flickr photoset of asobitsuchiya.

Tokyo subway surfing — DON’T SWIM IN FRONT OF THE TRAINS

The Tokyo Metro’s August poster for “Train Manner” (sic):
DON’T JUMP IN FRONT OF THE TRAINS
surfing-subway

(Click to view the official poster.)

manner eyeball torture japanese girls
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.”

Tokyo train ‘manner’

Tokyo’s Metro has been running a series of posters in the stations cajoling the public to have better DON’T TORTURE EYEBALLS ON JOSTLING TRAINS.


manner eyeball torture japanese girls


It’s a common sight in Japan are women (and men) blithely toweling on makeup as they barrel along riding on Japanese commuter trains, as I reported on a while back.
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However, for some strange reason I never see them do this eyeball forking on the train—the all-time favorite of readers here on the 3Yen since 2005 , Japanese Makeup Lesson in Eye Torture.
makeup eye torture
eye fork torture

Even more fun is this month’s Tokyo Metro “Train Manner” poster.

phone-sex manners in Tokyo Japan

‘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.

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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