Japanese trains carry 22.24 billion passengers a year. That's 10x more than any other country (the next country on the list is Germany with 2.2 billion passengers per year). Under these extreme loads, manners and etiquette is important to train companies. When a disturbance such as a fight occurs on a train it cause delays. Japan's rail lines are scheduled so tightly that one delay propagates through the system — potentially affecting millions of customers.
It's common to see posters promoting good behavior in stations and trains. Unfortunately, the posters are sometimes a little cryptic. These 21 posters prove it.
Stop attacking cute cartoon characters.
(prohibited items on trains)
Beware of train zombies.
(don't rush the closing doors)
Cucumber makes tomato family cry.
(be careful not to get your stuff stuck in the doors)
Stop being so happy.
(beware of approaching trains)
Zombies dislike music.
What are the guys at the bottom looking at?
(leave room for others)
Life is better for jerks.
(It's considered rude to talk on the phone on the train in Japan)
Zombies will be angry whether you do your makeup or not.
Women doing makeup on trains is apparently a massive social problem.
Stop poking trains with sharp objects.
Beware of jerk ghosts.
Ninja and salary man attack force.
Apparently, it's more painful to watch someone get caught in train doors than to be caught in them yourself.
Be careful drinking at the station because you might fall down and zombies will stare at your butt.
The kid sitting on the floor (far right) — this sometimes actually happens.
The proper way to dry a wet umbrella at the train station.
Stay out of the way of zombies.
These gymnastics are more common than you might imagine.
This one was the result of a student art competition.
In the event of an earthquake it's important to follow the instructions of train staff. The guy in the train is safe and happy (too happy) because he didn't panic and followed the staff's instructions to stay in the train.