Monday, August 9, 2010

Japanese Manner Posters




Japan is filled with incredibly polite people, but sometimes even the Japanese need to be reminded of proper manners. Apparently, these reminders are especially necessary on trains. I took the above picture last year while waiting for the ferry to Miyajima during the JapanBall baseball tour. Individual posters, with directives such as "Do it in the gym," were all over the trains.

Here's another one, which is posted over each priority seat:




This is simple common sense and not a flashy marketing campaign, but the message of politeness is clear.

The best posters yet were done from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Tokyo Mango re-tweeted this from Pink Tentacle's website. These posters are amazing, creative, and hilarious.

http://pinktentacle.com/2010/08/vintage-tokyo-subway-manner-posters/

I'm especially fond of the use of monsters as stand-ins for rude people. Forgetting umbrellas seemed to be a big problem during that era.

I wonder what manner posters await me when I return to Japan in a few weeks.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These are great!