マナー

25 Nov

Japanese are famous for their マナー (manners).
Even big cities in Japan like Tokyo and Osaka have less crime and more general politeness than other large metropolises in the world.

There is crime and there rude people in Japan…but considerably less than in cities overseas.

The high level of politeness in Japan means that the bad manners that most commonly encounter here are things like smoking or eating while walking, putting make-up on while riding the train, music turned up too loud on a Walkman®, not giving up a seat on a train or bus to the elderly, and using cell-phones near the silver seats on the train (where they’re supposed to be turned off).

So, fairly recently, both the Tokyo Metro Subway company and Japan Tobacco (JT) each started a series of good manners posters. (Japan Tobacco‘s posters were originally only aimed at smokers to reiterate good smoking manners…but have grown to include general good manners).

Both the subway and JT‘s posters are written in 日本語 (Japanese) and English. So I like to read them, not so much for their intentionally humorous writing style…but to study the 日本語 (Japanese).

Here are a few of JT‘s posters:

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The Tokyo Metro‘s posters have a 「〇〇でやろう。」 (“Please do it at…”) theme, with a clearer explanation at the bottom. For example, one shows a man diving through the subway car’s closing doors and it says 「海でやろう。」 (“Please do it at the beach.”).

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There are older manner posters, too. That don’t have any English written on them.

The ones above are the newer ones…but you can still see the original manner posters in Tokyo sometimes.

Here are a couple of the older subway manner posters.

They both basically ask commuters not to bother other commuters with loud music from headphones, sitting improperly (taking up too much space), applying make-up or eating and drinking, or putting their belongings on the seat next to them:

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26 Responses to “マナー”

  1. tokyo5 November 25, 2008 at 2:16 am #

    I almost forgot to mention…bartman905 is a Canadian living in Tokyo from last year til next. He has a post about the Subway manner posters, too. It’s here: http://bartman905.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/tokyo-subway-manner-posters/

  2. Sir Pent November 25, 2008 at 3:19 am #

    Oh man, if they have one about not farting I’ll be the happiest guy in the world!!!

  3. corre! November 25, 2008 at 8:15 am #

    Ahhhh, I absolutely dig Japanese manner ads. There used to be one saying “a toilet is not an ashtray” :)

  4. tokyo5 November 25, 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    Sir Pent…

    Sorry, there are no “No farting” posters…that I’m aware of! ;)

    corre!

    Thanks for visiting. Please comment often.

    Yes, JT has a poster that says toilets aren’t ashtrays.

  5. umepontarou November 26, 2008 at 9:40 am #

    「〇〇でやろう。」 (”Please do it at…”) posters are really humorous (>v<)
    Yeah, sometimes people (especially young people) do lots of things in train in Japan, and they are considered “rude”. like 5~6 high school kids sitting down on the floor in the train… I get annoyed.

    I was surprised when I saw a person eating instant cup noodle in the train! How did he get the hot water?? and isn’t it difficult to eat soupy noodle with chopsticks in a train?? Many people are around :p

  6. Sir Pent November 26, 2008 at 11:47 am #

    The young rapscallion in me is awash with funny (i.e., rude) joke posters.

  7. Sir Pent November 26, 2008 at 11:47 pm #

    T5-by the way, I missed that you posted some KISS comments on my Vinnie Vincent posting. I have responded with a few of my choices.

  8. tokyo5 November 27, 2008 at 12:20 am #

    umepontarou…

    Yeah, sometimes kids will sit on the floor or someone will talk on their ケータイ (cell-phone) on the train or walk down the street while smoking…and all of those are considered rude in Japan. But, even though it’s so densely populated here (or maybe because it is), Japanese people are generally extremely polite!

    +++

    Sir Pent…

    I was wondering why that comment wouldn’t show on your blog…so I wrote it twice (here: http://lizardsfromafar.wordpress.com/2008/11/15/vinnie-vincent-owes-me-150/#comments ).
    Was it in your “spam folder”?

  9. Mom November 27, 2008 at 1:25 am #

    I love the posters, esp the one about diving! so funny. manners used to be so much more important here in the U.S. but with each passing generation they seem to get less important.

  10. tokyo5 November 27, 2008 at 1:56 am #

    Mom….

    Yeah, it seems like that here, too. (But maybe it just looks that way to me because I’m getting older!) :(

  11. theCroft November 27, 2008 at 7:33 am #

    haha! these are great!

  12. elusivek November 27, 2008 at 7:02 pm #

    Hi! I’m back from my trip to Tokyo!

    Just wanted to pitch in that I saw the Metro Subway posters of “Please do it at…”. The one I specifically saw was “Please do it at the Bar” (drinking, being loud and drunk)

    But, it’s a pity I haven’t seen any of JT’s posters!!

  13. tokyo5 November 27, 2008 at 11:14 pm #

    theCroft…

    Thanks for visiting my site! Comment anytime, of course.

  14. tokyo5 November 27, 2008 at 11:16 pm #

    elusivek…

    You didn’t see any JT manner posters while you were here in Tokyo? They’re all over the place! :)

    Anyways…I saw your photos that you took in Tokyo. Very nice.

  15. Sir Pent November 27, 2008 at 11:18 pm #

    I have no idea why it didn’t post. It didn’t get spammed, it didn’t get sent for moderation and it didn’t post…a few days later it just showed up.
    WordPress has been acting inconsistently lately.

  16. tokyo5 November 28, 2008 at 12:46 am #

    Well, that’s weird. At least it got on there, though.

  17. Sir Pent November 28, 2008 at 1:05 am #

    Yeah…I’ve been having trouble with the admin section the past week or so, too.

  18. tokyo5 November 29, 2008 at 12:36 am #

    I hope it’s not an ongoing problem…

  19. Sir Pent November 29, 2008 at 5:37 am #

    I think it might be done. It started behaving normally yesterday evening for me.

  20. tokyo5 November 29, 2008 at 11:27 am #

    That’s good. Luckily, I didn’t notice any problems (other than my comment not posting on you site that time).

  21. bartman905 November 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm #

    Thanks for posting a link to my blog … wow, lots of comments here, looks like a lot of interest here.

  22. tokyo5 November 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    >Thanks for posting a link to my blog

    Of course. Did you get any visitors thru my site?

    >wow, lots of comments here, looks like a lot of interest here.

    Yeah, I’ve noticed with blog post as well as YouTube videos…it’s sometimes surprising which ones turn out to be popular!

  23. tokyo5 December 10, 2008 at 11:05 pm #

    Today I saw a couple of the older manner posters.
    So I took a picture of each of them with my cell phone and added them to the end of this post above.

  24. tokyo5 January 20, 2009 at 2:59 am #

    I wrote another post with more manner posters.
    Here:
    https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2009/01/20/more-manner-posters/

  25. weezee21 April 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing! I really like the graphic design on the newer ones. So much creativity for something so mundane. I’m so looking forward to seeing these when I get there.

    • tokyo5 April 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      >These are fantastic!

      Thanks.

      >I’m so looking forward to seeing these when I get there.

      When are you coming to Japan?

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