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No one really cares (too much), but it is still embarrassing.

[For more on Mannar Mode in Japan, click here] With my phone, I only have to hold down the center button for 3 seconds before it switches into “manner mode.” While trains do have a “priority seating” area, many people who qualify for “priority seating” choose to use the regular seats. Perhaps they are worried about being shown up by an older (or more handicapped) patron or the “priority seating” area is too far of a walk.

You are told to keep your phone on “Manner Mode” while on the train, as to not bother other passengers in case someone calls or texts you.

You will hear announcements every five minutes in both Japanese and English, reminding you to keep your phone on “Manner Mode.” Trains are typically pretty quiet, so a beeping or ringing cellphone is pretty obvious.

Needless to say, if you are sitting in the priority seats and someone who looks like they could be tired/damaged/carrying a child in any way, shape, or form, give them your seat. However, just even if you’re not sitting in the priority seats, you should still give up your seat. The unfortunate part is that half the time, they won’t take my seat right away.

And then, person B (possibly who didn’t see person A or old person C), will notice the empty seat and sit down. Because of genetics, most don’t have body odor (to learn why, watch this awesome video).

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Actually, that’s one of the first things anyone learns when they travel abroad. I originally wrote this post as a passive aggressive attempt to spread information on the internet, in hopes that at least a couple foreigners planning to visit Tokyo might read it.

You can actually get fined (not serious amounts) for smoking while walking or smoking in prohibited areas.

While enforcement is low in most places, trains are one of those super-prohibited places, like hospitals and schools, where you actually will get in trouble for smoking.

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