1.05.2011

Tokyo Metro Manners: The Magic Word



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The Tokyo Metro has been running a 'manners campaign' for several years, and each month publishes a new poster in stations. Over the months, the campaign has pretty much covered every bit of proscribed activity (don't throw up on your fellow passengers, don't practice your golf swing on the platform with a wet umbrella, etc.) imaginable, and three months ago moved on to behavior that is apparently encouraged.

The above images are 'repurposed' from a campaign poster that urges passengers to be considerate of their fellow travelers who are too short or feeble to remove their luggage from the overhead rack, though it does not explain how the luggage got onto the rack in the first place.

EDIT: Shortly after posting this, I was informed by several friends that the tall woman on the right bears an uncanny resemblance to Matsuko Deluxe, a Japanese transvestite entertainer.

See here and here.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The comments on my blog say that Manner [sic] poster, "looks more like lezbo-love for fat, foreign, females to me."

http://news.3yen.com/2011-01-04/elder-manners-in-japan/

Roberto said...

Shortly after posting this, I was informed by several friends that the apparently "fat, foreign female" bears an uncanny resemblance to Matsuko Deluxe, a Japanese transvestite entertainer. See here: http://asianmediawiki.com/Matsuko_Deluxe and here: http://image.blog.livedoor.jp/noevil36/imgs/c/a/ca9a685b.jpg

Taro3Yen said...

D'oh!
I've seen Matsuko Deluxe a zillion times on TV but I did't notice the until you mentioned it.
That resemblance is uncanny but I don't think the artist intended it on such a well-paying, multi-year gig with the Tokyo Metro (most artists should ever be as lucky).

Roberto said...

I think it must have been intentional (either Matsuko Deluxe or Susan Boyle!).

Here's a good profile of the guy who does the illustrations (in my view the new series - "do it again" - is not quite as good as the old one - "do it at home"):

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20090621x2.html

 
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