Manners, Please!

Following on from the “Don’t Do It On The Train” post, the Tokyo Metro website now has a full updated gallery showing historical “manner posters” going back to 2005.

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This season’s posters feature cute animals…

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Check out the full collection at the new Manner Poster page (Japanese only).

The posters are designed to encourage respect and consideration for fellow train passengers, something that in Japan is almost a given. Such posters could actually be more useful in other countries where inconsiderate behaviour is a rather common occurrence. Although to be honest they probably wouldn’t have the desired effect!


~ by JapanGasm on 19 June, 2011.

2 Responses to “Manners, Please!”

  1. i really love how it’s done, the posters, with kids to represent everyone on public transport, those large adult clothes, mixing it with sketched surroundings, colours. such a cute, polite way of asking the public to not do these certain things. it’s so different and nicer from the ordinary simple cold ”do not” do this or that, ”no” this or that. it quite common knowledge that when asked nicely we are more prone to do what we are asked. plus these posters don’t just tell you what not to do, but make you feel more emphatic about those around you, make you see more what the purpose of obeying the rules is rather than just tell you do or don’t, motivating you more to do as they say.
    all of these manner rules are pretty obvious pretty much everywhere i guess , but the umbrella thing…must be this extra polite sweet japanese thing, (although again, obvious to me:). impossible to see a similar wet umbrella sign/poster where i live though, wouldn’t even imagine you can see them somewhere. thanks pav 🙂

    • Yes, as you say the polite, kind nature of the Japanese really shows through here.

      In other countries signs always seem based on a threat, and will often have a financial penalty listed prominently: Don’t press emergency button – penalty $100. No littering – maximum fine $80, etc.

      Here they are nearly always presented as a suggestion, often with a picture showing the problem that the incorrect behaviour will cause to property, or to others. They rely on people’s respect and good nature, rather than aggressively demanding conformity.


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