Subway Time

13 06 2010

If you want to know what ‘Subway Time’ means in Japanese, here you go:

  1. Reading books,
  2. Text messaging,
  3. Sleeping,
  4. Or, listening to Music !

Sleeping in train is so normal for Japanese, and they have their very unique ways of doing it. For me sleeping in train with all the unexpected moves and shakes is almost impossible !

This is a typical scene in a Tokyo subway train:

Useful time for Japanese…

Text messaging is also very a popular way of spending time while in subway.

But many times they just fall sleep easily ! In this unique picture, 5 people are sleeping.

Doesn’t really matter if they are sitting or standing, since they sleep anyway!

This random guy was standing and sleeping, and all the time I was wondering. I had my camera ready to capture the moment when he looses his balance, never happened !

Music, is a major part of Japanese life style. As you see, sleeping doesn’t keep them from enjoying their subway ride with their music collection.

Comparing it with other countries and cultures, spending time for looking around and checking out other people is pretty much most people do. Japanese use their time very efficiently; I like that.

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13 06 2010
carlyinjapan

One of my impressions of the Japanese is that they have become experts at falling asleep in any position! Yet, they were always able to wake up in time to get off the subway, as if they had some internal alarm clock! Also, subway riders seem to be so comfortable with personal space because of bumping into people and being jammed in a car full of riders that one person fell asleep and accidentally placed their head upon Dr. C’s shoulder! Whereas that would never happen in America, I’m sure it’s not uncommon in Japanese subways.

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