Only in Japan

22 06 2009

The Japan Times newspaper today had two articles that perfectly depict Japanese culture.

Number 1: Celebrating Time Day.

Time Day is celebrated “throughout Japan, when everyone is supposed to keep their watches and clocks on exact time.

The movement started several years ago in order to increase the general efficiency of the public and to promote promptness. The Time Day Committee have organized a large group of persons to go on the streets today to propagate their ideas.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Number 2: Mind your manners in the Metro

“It doesn’t take a genius to realize that public spaces in Japan are filled with numerous audible and visual reminders about the importance of maintaining personal decorum.

Over the past year, some of the catchiest have been the “manner posters,” by graphic artist Bunpei Yorifuji, that appear in the 168 stations and the carriages that serve the nine lines of the Tokyo Metro subway system.”

Read the rest of the article here.

You’ll find our photo of his most recent manner poster on our blog. You can see the whole collection here.

Only in Japan.