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Subway Posters Tokyo 2003
Your friendly subway conductor will answer all your questions.
"Watch your step. The doors will open on the right side. Be careful. Don't forget anything. Have a nice day..."
Mishandling of umbrellas or newspapers, extensive use of mobiles, stepping on each others' feet, or even groping womens' breasts (chikan) in a crowded subway is far too concrete, for "any behavior that might inconvenience another person is not allowed." Better do not behave at all.
But if in doubt check with the manners' posters, which decorate the subway walls. They're incredible popular, so there's even a manners' posters competion. [pict]
It doesn't matter what you fear, in case you fear at all.
More info on Manner Posters
See also Police Most Wanted
The Wanted Artist Group Site making fun out of "wanted" posters.
Manners Posters Competition
I was reminded of the clashing cultures whenever I entered one of Tokyo's subway stations, where the authorities have been displaying a series of "manner posters" to correct the near-flawless behaviour of the Japanese commuter. The latest manner poster, Number Eight, seeks to perfect the umbrella-carrying style of the passengers in Tokyo's spotlessly gleaming subway system.
Politesse is everything in Japan. This poster was in Tokyo's subway system, reminding us not to run for the train or shake out our wet umbrellas. Everyone is so happy to be breaking the rules. The artist clearly had to concede that jumping up and down on the spot is fun stuff.
The manner poster
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