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逆カルチャーショック - reverse culture shocks - ( 3)

I take a subway, the "Midosuji Line", to go to work altogether 16 stops.
The following is the recorded anouncement that commuters of this distance hear
every day.

Information on the stations concerned:

Right after the train leaves the station, the tape announces the name of the next
station twice in Japanese and once in English and twice in Japanese againg just
before reaching the station, altogether five times. Multipling five by 16 (stops )
makes 80 times that we hearthem on one way. We are also informed which side
of the doors will open at the next stop twice. Two times 16 is 32 times.

The announcements starting with "Okyakusama ni onegai moshiagemasu"
namely, " We wish to ask passengers for your cooperation” versions:

It is dangerous to move to another compartment or dash onto a train just before
it leaves. Please observe the rules for passengers (rules?
which I have never heard of) and cooperate in promoting traffic safety.
When a strange object is found, please do not touch it, but inform a conductor or
station staff member immediately.
Please give your seat to elderly or physically handicapped persons. Say `after you'
to each other before seating yourself.

Be careful & pay attention versions:

Do not leave anything such as an umbrella.
There is an opening between the platform and the train in front, please watch your
steps. The door will close, please watch the passengers near the door.

Commercial messages:

The tape kindly guides the passengers to get off at certain stations for the stadium,
real estate agents, restaurants, textile shops, hotels, cram schools, the name of
a private school "human academies" and before Yodoyabashi station, the mental
clinics.

I do not have any more energy to count how many times the above mentioned
announcements are repeated. I have taken a subway in New York, London, Paris ,
Berlin, Rome and Munic, but I have never heard what to do and have never had so
many announcements in a train.

I consider one of our positive characteristics in Japan is quietness, however,
as far as noise is concerned we are almost deaf or we are just gifted not to give
ear to noises.


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