I take the headphones out and then back in on the train It’s very crowded so this is etiquette in Japan. Foreigners sit on the floor! Hey guys and girls on Ask Japanese it’s CathyCat. When you come to Japan you are bound to use the trains here, even if you come for the first time you will have to travel by train. There are many rules to consider that go around the Japanese train system. We asked Japanese people this time on the streets of Tokyo, which rules they wish foreigners who come to Japan would actually know. Let’s go and find out. If you are new don’t forget to sub for more content here from Japan. Let’s go and Ask Japanese. Foreigners often have backpacks. Wear them on the front! Or put them on your knee or between your legs if you’re sitting. On your back, your backpack will knock against other people carry your backpack on your front while on the train. Japanese people care about that. – That’s good manners here! I want foreigners to be more quiet on the train. Foreigners tend to… – Speak too loudly! – Yes we hear them loudly on the train. I wish they would tune their voices down a little. I wish foreigners were less loud on the train. When on the train, I try to keep the “Priority Seats” open at all times But when the seat is free, many foreigners just sit on it. I wish foreigners kept the seat open If you don’t need a priority seat, keep it open! – Yes. Also, I wish foreigners would stop littering. – On the train? I have seen people throw their bubble teas on the train floor. And around here there is lots of littering. In Japan we have many garbage bags…. we don’t? Not many? That’s why they do that! Still! Please throw it away in the bin! – If you can’t find it look for it… use the station bins. – Yeh bins at the station! Keep looking guys. – Also about money… don’t change it all the time. If there are people waiting behind… have the money ready. You also mean having enough money on the train card? When the barriers shut behind that’s embarrassing. I know foreigners want to take pictures here… but some take them in the middle of the road during red lights that’s dangerous and disrupts the traffic it’s dangerous for everyone so please don’t. And people who step into flower patches. Think of the person who made the flowers. Don’t do that. – Don’t! Also stop taking pics without permission. – Sneaky pictures are bad. Let’s stop that too. – What do you do on the trains? I put my backpack on the front. – I don’t use earphones much either. When I get on the train I take them out for a moment You can’t hear the announcements and they can get caught I hate that. Once my headphones got dragged along when I got on the train That’s why I take them off first and put them in later. Have your earphones been ripped out before? – Yes. They got stuck in someone’s bag when they came back to me… the plastic part was missing. Since then I am more careful and take them out. – Good idea. I’ll remember that. I am against what everyone says. I think foreigners should normally chat on the train. I think our quiet Japanese manners suck. I hate it. I approve of western rules. We Japanese are too tense. Even if you keep the “don’t talk loudly” rule… having some listen loudly to music is the same issue. It’s wrong to judge foreigners for talking if others do that. Be careful of the earphone volume? – Yeah it’s double standards to expect foreigners not to talk then. It’s double standards. – I think that’s strange. Fix that Japan. – There are many pregnant ladies here. make sure you let them sit on your seat. That’s common sense. Japanese people care about that. Foreigners should too. I think. – True in Japan there is a bag strap that pregnant ladies can wear on their bags. – We call it the maternity mark. – If you see it… you should give the seat to the woman, even if she is young. – Very gentleman What else do you not like on trains? – Smells. Body odor? – Yeah sweat and such I mean guys wash or wipe your sweat. It’s very crowded so this is etiquette in Japan. I think we should all watch that. Get that. Especially in summer it’s tough. Don’t put your luggage on the floor and then sit on that! I saw foreigners do that. That’s not good. I think – What should they do instead? – Put the luggage up and don’t forget it on the racks. There are racks to put luggage on trains What else can you think of? – Don’t eat food on the trains! You are not allowed to? – It’s bad manners… We were just in Taiwan for a shoot… if you eat on the trains you get charged a high fee In Japan, is there some punishment? – no but… Eating even small sweets in this size… will get you negative attention. Like “You are breaking the rules!” Phone sounds! You can’t make calls inside the train. I wish foreigners knew that. True, nobody makes calls on the train. – Also in big groups please don’t talk in loud voices. Recently I thought that. – Why recently It wasn’t foreigners but a group of Japanese…. who were all talking loudly on the train… Foreigners get blamed for that, but young Japanese are doing it now too. – Yes I sometimes see foreigners eat on the train Even just sometimes… It’s a very limited space. I wish they’d care about the food smells and such Is there anything that you can eat? – I don’t know. – Sweets and gum is ok but not things that smell please avoid those. – Bread and riceballs? Those are… – Not good either? – Yeah I personally would not want that. – Abroad that might be ok because it seems to be free there but not in Japan. Please don’t act to freely on our trains. Don’t talk loudly on the train. Please stop that. Act to “freely” like what? What exactly? – Sometimes there are videos on twitter where foreigners start suddenly dancing inside the train We are in Japan and we have our rules. Don’t come here with yours. On the platform sometimes foreigners or Japanese will smoke If foreigners see Japanese smoke, they think it’s ok to smoke too Please understand that Japanese are doing it against the rules and that you should not copy that behavior. There isn’t always station staff to tell you off I see old bad men smoke Don’t copy their behavior. Only in smoking areas and apart from that don’t smoke. – Just in smoking areas Foreigners sometimes sit on the floor, cause they don’t know better I see many foreigners sit on the floor or on the platform floor, having a party there. They spread out, I think that won’t work in Japan where everyone is busy. You might collide. Don’t do it. In Japan you don’t sit outside on the floor. – Not much We are live by the rules. We try to act properly. That’s why we don’t sit on the floor I was wondering why Japanese don’t sit outside on the floor. Maybe it’s because Japanese houses are so clean. You wouldn’t sit on someone’s sofa with clothes that touched the floor outside. – That is one point and since the floor is dirty we don’t want to soil our clothes. Yeah don’t sit on the floor. Those were all questions. Thank you. Top 5 train rules to know when you come to Japan number 1 – stand in line when you enter the train Japanese people see this almost as a common thing in that it’s totally common knowledge that you have to do that while in some country you don’t stand in line which means foreigners will cut in line. You will get a lot of hate for that. People will not call you out for it but you will make yourself very unpopular if you don’t do this. If people stand in line in front of the train, stand behind them. Don’t cut in line. The reason for that being: The door opens for people that come out people who are blocking the door will step outside and then everyone goes in in order If you have been standing there first person in line, maybe because you left one train and you waited for the next one so you get to sit down. So don’t cut in line. Number 1 Once you get onto the crowded trains, especially the more crowded they are, take off your backpack and put it on your front. The reason for that is not because of thieves but your bag will hit and hurt people behind you, especially people who stay in the isle. They tend to hold onto the side, facing the people who are sitting and their back is free. Other people will try and squeeze into that narrow gap there when they trains are crowded and if someone wears a backpack, the gap is gone. Be sure that you put your backpack to the front or if you have larger luggage, put it on the rack on top of the seats to hold these items Number 3 respect the priority seats. Usually at the beginning or the end of train carts are priority seats. You can see them because they have certain signs they will say “priority seat” and the seat color will be different. These seats are for people who need the seat generally more than the average person. People who are pregnant, who have injuries, older people and such. Respect those seats. I know that many Japanese business men are guilty of not respecting the seats and just sitting down on those. Please don’t follow that example. If you see someone who needs the seat more than you please stand up. Also there is a little strap on bags that women will carry. It shows a mother and her child it’s a little pink strap you might see it around. The symbol is also over the priority seats these seats are to be made vacated for ladies who carries these because it means they are with child. So treat them with care too. Another things that foreigners get criticized for the most is talking too loud on the trains. You’ll realize it when you go onto a Japanese train, especially during rush hours they are very quiet. Because getting squished into the train like a sardine causes a lot of stress and pressure on people who are going to or coming off work. Don’t talk too loud because it might annoy the people around you. Same for music, if you have your headphones in make sure they are not too loud either to disturb other passengers. And of course do not talk on your phone on the train. Don’t do it. Number 5 get off the train if you block other passengers. At ever stop, especially when it’s busy people will go out of the train and lots of people will go in. Even if it’s very crowded and you are standing in front of the door but you don’t need to get off on that stop. Still you need to get off, let the other passengers out and then go back onto the train. Don’t do the thing that I have seen one guy doing. He held onto the handholds and did a twirly thing while people flooded out of the train left and right just don’t do it. It makes you look silly. Those were some of the rules you need to know, before you come to Japan. There is a big system in place for rules here riding on the train in tokyo. Please make sure that you know these things before you come so you don’t embarrass yourself and make yourself look bad. I hope you have a great day don’t forget to sub to our channel, tick the notification bell, give us a like and catch you soon for more stuff on Ask Japanese. Bye.