Vintage Tokyo Subway Manners

"Space Invader", March, 1979

Rider Patricia sent over this series of vintage Tokyo subway manners posters. The posters appeared between 1976 and 1982, and are too awesome not to share. If we had posters as witty as these, I think we would probably see better behavior on the bus.

Isami-ashi: Wait behind the white line (May 1979)

You know the big-balls-having, seat-taking guy y’all have complained about? He should see this:

The Seat Monopolizer (July 1976)

There are loads more of these posters so meander over to Pink Tentacle to check them out.


  • JC

    The seat-hogger ones are AWESOME. I think the Chaplin/Hitler ones might be considered to be mildly over the top here in SF but the alien reading the paper is just great. MD should have a contest to see if someone can design ones more culturally connected to the here and now.

    Still, fantastic.

  • Seriously, part of Muni’s efficiency problem is some Muni riders themselves. Able bodied people who are slow to board AND exit the bus, some who stand blocking the back exit when there are seats, and people who are just straight up afraid to move to the back.

    AND those stupid taggers. Where’s the respect?

    We need Muni Manners posters for sure!

  • patricia

    i guess we can all feel good that we don’t have an umbrella problem over here, at least

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