A few days ago I did something I had not done since college: I took the Metro in peak hours.
I know it may seem strange for a person who works, but having the option I choose to move to quieter times precisely to avoid the flood of people. While I waited the arrival at stop, standing clinging like a macaque to horizontal bar, I was reminded of an interesting series of posters that today will propose again: Subway etiquette teryaki sauce.
Joke, nothing Japanese sauce. Only a summary of rules on good education on Metro (but also in all public spaces) from Japan. The posters were made by Japanese graphic designer Bunpei Yorifuji and commissioned by the company that operates the Tokyo subway. What is the goal? Teach respect and education to Metro passengers who, apparently even in Japan, are a little too unruly.
In essence these posters teach “subway etiquette”, i.e. common standards of good manners, and they do it with clarity and a pinch of irony. Bunpei Yorifuji has drawn in manga style, with two colors (yellow and black), the absolutely avoid inappropriate situations when you are in public places and in some cases even the solution immediately to be taken.
The collection of 2009 it comprises well 700 posters around the Metro stations of Japanese capital and, generally, show two recurring characters (shocked man and woman with bob cut) who suffer the harassment of “passengers type” several rude. Look at this collection of posters and tell me if you don't recognize yourself in these situations.
+ Subway etiquette. Things NOT to do.
Subtitle: If you really can't help it, then do it in your home!
I am a girl so for me some things of male universe are garbled. By metro I draw often men who sat next to me fail to keep their legs closed, as if who knows that heavy burden brought behind.
Embarrassing virility or staggering rudeness? Do not worry… nobody believes.
I admit to never having seen no woman (or man) make-up in a subway carriage but had met, from time to time, gold seekers unpunished. Those who under the guise of “the wagon is filled with people who want to see me…” with the finger excavate nostrils in search of tresures. Shame on you.
Teenagers are adorable… as long as they aren't equipped with backpacks. In that case they become unrealistic morons that advertise their status, of teenagers precisely, bumping against everything that moves with the back of their person. If you call them to order will be the typical lively expression of infant at advanced trigonometry lesson.
+ Subway etiquette. Things to DO.
If you are young and very fit, spend a lot of hours in the gym and spend a boatload of money for the care of your person please let us see! When there is an elder in the neighborhood and no free place to sit stand up and give place. Thus in a single whack you have done two good deeds: let sit an elder and shows why you are so vain people.
Obviously this rule also applies to disabled people, pregnant women or mothers with children . Don't be stingy!
Another common sense rule it should also apply to yuppies that seem not have use of the word (unless they need to sell you something) but more than anything else a strong determination to get off through the crowd by beating about right-swinging and missing with ridiculously sharp computer bags. Biggies: the day was a shit for all… maybe ask “excuse me” can lead good karma.
Last small observation, that wouldn't even need to be explained. If you put in front of the sliding doors, and see the latest updates on your very interesting facebook page, you will not notice the angry mob that wants to go home and can't get out (or enter) in wagon. When you will be pushed, elbows and a deluge of insults to blush a convict… don't you complain.
A little common sense, what the fuck!
You say I have exaggerated or even you think so?
Visit homepage (in Japanese) by Bunpei Yorifuji.