Sunday, October 11, 2009   6:04 AM

Passing-out ceremony

It has been brought to my attention by the J-Blog Licensing Committee that although I have been blogging on things Japan-related for quite some time, I have not yet included the obligatory picture of a passed-out salaryperson sleeping in an inappropriate position on a public conveyance.

So, with no further ado, I present you with "Unconscious Guy With a Briefcase and a Tie On the Floor of the Last Yamanote Line train to Ikebukuro":

Sleeping salaryman on the floor of a Yamanote Line train in Tokyo, Japan

More amusing pictures of people sleeping on Japanese trains can be found

Posted in Scenes from Japan
Dear Mr Penguin,

I understand there are strange flavours of Kit Kats in Japan. Could you enlighten us?


A.J. Blogger
Posted by: Our Man in Abiko | 2009-10-12 10:33
Whatever will they think of next?! I shall pop down to my local Nestlemporium forthwith.
Posted by: ThePenguin | 2009-10-12 12:31
"I can imagine his dairy life." comments the author about this man:
So this is due to lactose intolerance? Here, it's mostly barley intolerance that gets to people when they're on their way home late in the evening.
Posted by: Simon | 2009-10-16 08:15
On the other hand it could be caused by calcium deficiency resulting from insufficient consumption of daily products. Either way, I can't imagine anyone even the most barley-intolerant Berliners passing out on a train floor. (If they're running, that is).
Posted by: ThePenguin | 2009-10-16 12:35
This scene leaves a bad impression over viewers. I never like such kind of activities. It should be stopped.
Posted by: Bathroom Fan | 2010-02-28 18:29
I want to know that why is this guy in that situation? This kind of people suffer by such a condition that only they can understand it.
Posted by: Satellite Internet Service Providers | 2010-03-01 06:42
@Bathroom Fan: as they say around here, "Please do it in your bathroom".

@Satellite Internet Service Providers: Maybe if they had Satellite internet service they wouldn't find themselves in such predicaments?
Posted by: ThePenguin | 2010-03-03 11:57
This kind of scenes are seen not only in Japan but in all countries. People used to sleep across the roads and stations in the night. It seems to be a different viewing experience on Travels.
Posted by: Travel Insurance | 2010-03-08 04:42
Well, Japanese people sleep on the subways because work days are very long and one-way commutes average 1 to 1.5 hours. Plus the Japanese traditionally sleep on their tatami mat floors, no beds available in the traditional Japan house;)
Posted by: essays | 2010-03-18 12:20
omg! did you take these pictures? I always want to take pictures of people but I'm afraid that they will yell at me so there I am, evidence-less. What is the secret to your stealthiness?
Posted by: Michelle | 2010-09-25 17:15
Michelle: I did indeed take that picture. It was late at night so everyone was pretty relaxed and either minding their own business or looking at that guy, so it was no problem whipping my compact camera out and snapping a couple of shots. Normally I'm a bit more reticent to take photos of people though.
Posted by: ThePenguin | 2010-09-25 23:58