Japan is a high pressure society — people need to get sleep whenever and where ever they can.
This means developing the requisite skills to sleep when you have a bit of free time — such as on the commute home.
The Proper Way To Sleep On A Japanese TrainThe following public service poster illustrates the ideal way to sleep on a Japanese train.
The first step is to actually make it into the train. You may feel sleepy in the station but this is not an acceptable place to sleep.
When you get into the train — try to get a seat. If it's rush hour seats will not be available. Not to worry, with a little practice it's possible to sleeping standing.
If there are seats — try to find a tight spot so you can lean on your neighbors.
If you can't find a tight spot you'll need to lean further — don't be shy, lean as far as you need to to get proper neck support.
Don't be afraid to put your feet up.
When leaning — it helps to know the person sitting beside you. Strangers are likely to put up elbows and other defensive measures.
If there is no one to lean on — consider leaning against a pole. They're surprisingly comfortable.
If you're lucky you'll find a good fire extinguisher box to stick your head into.
It takes many years of practice but truly skilled sleepers are able to feel right at home on the train.
This guy is a level 5 master of sleep.