Going home from work tonight, I spotted this interesting poster somewhere in the JR station in Osaka:
I though it was a rather peculiar warning, first of all it wasn’t just in Japanese but also in English, perfect English and not incomprehensible Engrish. But are they actually telling us not to have parties on the train? Who would want to party on a Japanese train in the first place? They’re always crowded with bored people, who are sleeping in every position thinkable, not really the ideal party location, you’d think. But in Tokyo they’re also warning people not to party on the train:
So something was definitely going on. A little research on the internet and I found out about the Tokyo Yamanote Halloween Train, a.k.a. the Gaijin (foreigner) Train.
This is a forbidden underground Halloween celebration on the JR Yamanote line in Tokyo every year. The party consists of mostly costumed foreigners, joined by enthusiastic Japanese people, drinking, eating, playing music, dancing, yelling and laughing loudly. This kind of behavior is kind of wild and shocking to normal Japanese society, so understandably they’re trying to stop it from happening, hence the warnings.