Planning to travel by train in Japan? So then hop on – as the train door opens, you will be drawn into the world of abnormality and queerness. To be true-hearted Japanese, just act as if what is stated below is perfectly normal (even though you might think it is absolute nonsense)!
1. Sleep like you’re dead!
Despite your excitement of entering the world of unknown; unfortunately, Japanese people aren’t. They are VERY tired from working hard all day. I bet you a fortune that at least 70% of the people will be sleeping soundly – even the ones standing up! What you need to do is just sit down calmly, close your eyes, and lend your shoulder to the person sitting next to you. Then observe them carefully- astonishingly, all Japanese people will immediately wake up just before the train arrives to their stops! (I still don’t know how they do it…)
2. Scared of perverts? Get on the ‘Only Girls’ train!
What happens if a pervert touches a girl’s bottom in your country? The outcome is expectable: either the girl punches him in the face or others strangle him – in any cases, strict measures will be taken. However, this resolution does not apply in Japan. Instead, government has decided to establish ‘only women’ train carts – where in specific time zones (times when perverts appear often) only women are allowed to enter the cart. If you are a man, don’t even try to step into the ‘only women’ carts for attention – the only attention you will get are collections of ice-cold-evil stares.
3. Suicide- a daily routine in Japan
Sadly, Japan has one of the world’s highest suicide rates in the world. There are approximately 500-600 cases of railway suicide in Japan every year. Every announcement starting off with “Due to fatal accident…” indicates that someone has taken away his/her life. It is still traumatizing for me to remember back the time when I felt a sudden bump during my train ride – unwillingly, but being a part of a process which ceased one’s life. Unfortunately, railway suicide has become such a common phenomenon in Japan – no one is surprised by its occurrence, and even professional jobs exist with the purpose of cleaning up the after mess.
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