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September 15, 2005

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PizzaMan

I'm not 100% sure, but I'm PRETTY sure it's illegal to talk on your cell phones in the subways, which explains the texting/etc.

Seb Potter

Not only is there an offical ban on talking on your mobile on the tube in Tokyo - it's rude, and that's far worse. If you do see somebody talking on their mobile, it will be in a whisper, with the person's mouth covered by their hand, and it's probably an emergency.

The entire Tokyo tube system has underground signal repeaters for the mobile phone networks. What looks like feverish texting is use of mobile technology a generation or two in advance of ours. Those people are emailing from their mobiles, engaged in real-time chat, using pictographic messaging, reading comics, using mobile photo dating services, shopping, and playing multiplayer puzzle games.

As for blowing your nose, just do it. You're gaijin, and it's expected that you'll make the odd cultural faux-pas. Just be polite about it, and if you can go into a bathroom to do it.

Leons Petrazickis

Catholic schoolgirls in Toronto also appear to be required to wear ubershort skirts. Curiously, I was largely ignorant of this in high school because I walked home and back instead of taking mass transit and seeing students from other schools.:P

Pete

"Those people are emailing from their mobiles, engaged in real-time chat, using pictographic messaging, reading comics, using mobile photo dating services, shopping, and playing multiplayer puzzle games."

That all sounds very cool - I wonder how much trends like that are to do with the culture and how much it helped having a smaller area to setup coverage for (though of course there are other factors).

Lisa

Actually it depends what network you are on - you can buy special mobiles that work on the subway (which is underground) or you can do what I had to do and compose your texts between stations ready to hit send as soon as the train stops. Or find the URL you want ready for a swift download.
(As for the skirts: look closely at their waistbands. They are normal-length skirts rolled over. And over, and over.)

Lisa

Actually it depends what network you are on - you can buy special mobiles that work on the subway (which is underground) or you can do what I had to do and compose your texts between stations ready to hit send as soon as the train stops. Or find the URL you want ready for a swift download.
(As for the skirts: look closely at their waistbands. They are normal-length skirts rolled over. And over, and over.)

lol

lol

mens wedding bands

Do anyone here happen to know why men in Tokyo don't wear a wedding ring?

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