A couple days ago, as I was coming home, I noticed that someone had forgotten a couple things on the train. Actually, it was two people that forgot things. It was so unusual that I had to get it on video when we arrived at the terminal. No one on the train, so no problem (people have problems with pictures and videos being taken on the train. You know, privacy concerns).
Usually, people forget their umbrella on the train. I see that often. But this time, a cell phone? That’s unbelievable. Maybe they had it in their pocket, and it just fell out as they got up to get off the train. The earphones were also unusual. But I can understand that they could fall out of a bag accidentally. Another time, I saw two full bags of shopping. Yes, groceries. Someone forgot that on the train. I saw them get on the train with the food, but how could they forget the bags?
Well, take a look at this video, where I talk about the forgotten things on the train, as well as a bit about cicadas and bats.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen on a train? Was it in Japan? Or another country? Leave a comment with your answers.
Filed under Daily Life, Vlog
Here’s a quick video I took on Monday of a densha otaku, or a train fanatic. I usually don’t get the opportunity to find one in such an empty train station, but I did this time. After capturing him briefly on video, I then did my impression of a densha otaku.
The Yokohama New Transit Seaside Line is a people mover in Yokohama’s Kanazawa Ward. It differs from traditional railways in a couple ways. It doesn’t run on rails, it runs on a guideway with rubber tires. Also, it has no driver. It’s completely automated.
Yesterday, we went to Costco, which is near Namiki-chuo Station. I took this picture on the platform, which is completely enclosed.
It’s mid-afternoon, so no big crowds yet.
The Yokohama Seaside Line isn’t a traditional train. It runs on rubber tires on a guideway, and it’s fully automated. There is no driver. It runs between Shin-Sugita Station and Kanazawa-Hakkei Station. This picture is taken under the line. The entire line is elevated. Also, a little news. Today, this blog reached 50,000 views! Thank you very much! And now the picture.
Seaside Line bridges.
Recently, a stamp rally started in Sotetsu train stations, and from what I can tell, it’s pretty popular. In Japan, many train companies hold a stamp rally, which encourages people to visit every station on a train line and get a stamp. Sotetsu (Sagami Tetsudo) runs one every summer.
What I find interesting is that while it’s popular with boys, it also seems to be popular with elderly men. I was a bit surprised.
I wonder if the stamp rally increases ridership. I haven’t noticed, but I always see children carrying the stamp book to collect all the stamps. If I were a kid, I’d probably join it. Would you?
Filed under Japan, Kanagawa
Yesterday, as I was going home, I was a witness to a rare event in Japan. A woman protested a man’s harassment.
It’s very well known that Japan’s trains, when crowded, have some perverted men (chikan) who will sexually harass a woman physically. Most of these women will remain silent, not wanting to make a scene. Well, I saw a woman who wouldn’t take it.
Actually, this woman wasn’t touched. She was sitting across from a middle-aged businessman who was reading a book and occasionally looking up at her. She was in her mid to late 20s, and dressed rather conservatively. Just before the train came to her station, she shouted, without looking at anyone, something along the lines of “Stop staring at me, please!” Less than a minute later, she stood up and rushed off the train. Some people looked, but most seemed to ignore the whole thing. Even the accused man just kept reading his book.
It’s interesting seeing very little reaction from people in that situation. In Canada, everyone would be staring at him.
On a related note, a couple months ago, I saw a middle-aged man sitting beside a young woman who was wearing a very short skirt. The man kept turning his head to look at her, and once stared at her for a good 15 seconds, then scanned his eyes all the way down her body to her legs, which he stared at for a few seconds. He did this openly, and anyone could’ve seen him doing it. But usually, people are in their own worlds on the train, totally oblivious to what is going on around them. It’s likely I was the only person to notice. He stared at her, I stared at him. She didn’t notice.