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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Jan. 16, 2023
[English/Japanese] To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the railroad business, JR East is developing "Pokégenic", a photogenic spot shooting with various Pokémon at stations and Shinkansen stations in JR East area. Found this photo spot in Hachioji! It's cute. By the way, the anime popular among our students is "Doraemon. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway, JR East Japan is developing "Pokegenic" that allows you to take photogenic spot photos with various Pokémon at stations and bullet trains in the JR East Japan area. I found this photo spot in Hachioji! Cute, isn't it? By the way, the anime that is popular with our students is "Doraemon".
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Sep. 1, 2021
[English/Japanese] Continuing from the previous article, I would like to introduce the public transportation system in Japan. Are trains and buses quiet in Japan? I often hear from international students that they are surprised at how quiet buses are in Japan. In Japan, it is against etiquette to talk loudly or make phone calls on the train or bus. Therefore, when you see people on the train, most of them are operating their phones or reading books. Also, you may see women dozing off because it is not only quiet but also safe. However, there is one sight that surprises foreigners, even among Japanese people who are said to have good manners. That is, there are women who wear makeup on the train. I've heard many people say that they stared at the dexterity of these women as they applied their makeup on the train. It would be interesting to look around and see what they are doing when you get on the train or bus. The hellish commuter rush Compared to people in other countries, the Japanese are a nation of people who keep their distance from each other. However, on the train during commuting, you will see scenes that make this hard to believe. In Tokyo, from about 7:30 to 9:00 in the morning, the train occupancy rate is about 180%. The boarding rate is the ratio of the number of people actually on board to the capacity. When the ratio is 100%, all the seats are occupied; when it is 180%, the train is so crowded that people standing in the train have a hard time just keeping both feet on the ground. In this crowded train, fights often break out. Everyone is irritated and it is a dangerous train. I have heard that some foreign tourists ride the train on purpose to experience this commuter rush. This is not something that I would ever recommend doing, so please do not do this. Do you ride the bus from the front? Do you ride from the back? Did you know that the way to get on a train is the same for all trains, but the way to get on a bus is different depending on the bus? Basically, buses have a front door and a back door. Some ride from the front, while others ride from the back. Also, some buses have a flat rate and you pay at the beginning, while others have different rates based on the number of bus stops you pass. The system differs from bus to bus, so when you get on a bus, ask the bus driver how to get on, or watch other people before you get on the bus. By the way, when you want to get off, listen to the announcement saying the name of the bus stop and press the button. This is the same for all buses, so don't worry. Forgotten items will be returned. What should you do if you have forgotten your luggage on the train? If you notice that you forget something right away, tell the station staff right away the train you were on and where you were sitting. If you are lucky, you may be able to get it from a station staff member at another station. If you notice it after a while, go to the Lost and Found Center. Lost-and-found centers are located at major stations, as well as the last and first stations. Tell the station staff what you lost and when you lost it there. Lost and found items taken to the Lost and Found Center may be given to the police station after a certain period of time. If you have forgotten something on the train, you can almost always find it if you take care of it as soon as possible. I hope you were able to learn about trains and buses in Japan. Our school has a dormitory on the upper floor of the building. Since you don't have to take the commuter train and you don't have to pay for the train, you can concentrate on your studies from morning. Please come and visit the dormitory. This time, as in the previous article, we will introduce public transportation in Japan. Are Japan trains and buses quiet? I often hear from international students that the Japan bus was very quiet and surprising. In Japan, it is bad manners to talk loudly or make phone calls on trains and buses. Therefore, when you see people on the train, most of them are operating their smartphones or reading books. In addition, not only is it quiet, but it is also safe, so I sometimes see women dozing off. However, even Japan people who are said to have good manners have a scene that surprises foreigners. That is, there are women wearing makeup on the train. I often hear stories of women who put on makeup well even in a shaking car, and their dexterity was stared at. It might be interesting to look around when you get on a train or bus and observe what you're doing. Hellish commute rush Japan people are a country that keeps a distance from people compared to people from other countries. But on the train when commuting to work, you can see this incredible sight. In Tokyo, trains from about 7:30 to 9:00 in the morning have a ridership rate of about 180%. Occupancy rate is the ratio of the number of people actually riding to capacity. If the occupancy rate is 100%, it means that all seats are occupied. In 180% of cases, people standing on the train are very crowded, even with their feet on the ground. On this crowded train, fights often occur. Everyone is irritated and it is a dangerous train. I have heard that some foreign tourists ride on purpose to experience this commuting rush. This is not something that can be recommended, so please do it. Do you take the bus from the front? Riding from behind? The way to ride the train is the same for all trains, but did you know that the way to ride the bus differs depending on the bus? Buses basically have a front door and a back door. Some types ride from the front, while others ride from the back. There is also a flat fare, with some buses paying for it first, while others have different fares depending on the number of bus stops you pass by. Different buses have different systems, so when you get on the bus, ask the bus driver how to get on the bus, or watch other people and get on the bus. By the way, when you want to get off, listen to the announcement saying the name of the bus stop and press the button. Rest assured that this is the same for all buses. Lost items come back What should I do if I forget my luggage on the train? If you notice something you forgot right away, tell the station staff immediately what train you were on and where you were sitting. If you're lucky, you can get it from a station staff at another station. If you notice it after a while, go to the lost and found center on the train. Lost and found centers are located at large stations, terminus stations, and first stations. So, tell the station staff when and what you dropped. Lost items brought to the Lost Property Center may be handed over to the police station after a certain period of time. If you forget something on the train, you can find it in most cases if you deal with it early. Were you able to learn about Japan trains and buses? Our school has a dormitory on the upper floor of the school building. You don't have to take the commuter train and you don't have to pay for the train, so you can concentrate on your studies from the morning. Please come and visit the dormitory.
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開智国際日本語学校(Kaichi International School of Japanese)
Aug. 24, 2021
[English/Japanese] There are many foreign tourists who come to Japan and take the train from the airport. However, Japanese trains have unique rules and systems that can be very complicated for those who are not used to them. In this article, I would like to introduce you to the Japanese train system. Complicated and difficult to understand! Subway route map Have you ever seen a train route map in Tokyo? (See the picture.) It looks like a maze and has a very complicated shape. I've heard that foreign tourists panic when they see this map. Especially the subway is more complicated. However, if you learn the colors of the subway symbols, it may seem a little easier. The Tokyo subway system is color-coded. If you get lost in a station, you can easily reach your destination by walking towards the colored markings. Please be aware of this and take a look. Being late is strictly prohibited One of the most common surprises I hear from international students when they get on the train is that the train arrives on time. If you are even one minute late, you may see a "delay" notice on the electronic bulletin board. Also, when you board a delayed train, you will hear the conductor announce, "We apologize for the delay in the train. " When student heard this announcement, she once asked me why I was apologizing when the train was only delayed for one minute. If there is a delay, you will be notified immediately on the Internet. It might be a good idea to check before you get on the train. Don't make the mistake of riding in the women-only car During the morning commute, the rear car of the train is sometimes reserved for women. The term "women-only car" does not mean that only women can ride in it. Boys of elementary school age or younger, disabled people and their caregivers are also allowed to ride. I have heard of a man who made a last-minute rush to get on a train just as it was about to depart, and was embarrassed when he mistakenly got on the women-only car. When you get on a train, make sure you have enough time to spare. Different melodies at each station When you get on or off the train, you will hear music. Did you know that the music is different for each station? For example, Ueno Station, which is famous for its cherry blossoms, plays the melody of the song "Sakura," while Takadanobaba Station plays the theme song from the anime "Astro Boy" by the famous cartoonist Osamu Tezuka. Incidentally, Hachioji Station, where our school is located, plays a children's song called "Yuuyake Koyake". Please listen to it when you get on the train. There are many other things that international students are surprised to hear on the train. I will continue to introduce them in the next article. Many people come to Japan and take the train from the airport. However, Japan trains have unique rules and systems, which can be very complicated for those who are not used to them. This time, I will introduce such a Japan train. Complex and difficult! Subway Map Have you ever seen a train map in Tokyo? It looks like a maze and has a very complex shape. I have heard that foreign tourists who see this route map are the first to panic. Especially the subway is more complicated. However, it may seem a little easier if you remember the color of the subway mark. Each subway in Tokyo is color-coded. If you get lost in the station, you can walk towards the landmarks of that color to make it easier to reach your destination. Please be aware of it. Late arrivals are strictly prohibited The most common story that international students hear about being surprised on the train is that the train comes on time. If you are even 1 minute late, you may see a "delay" notification on the electronic bulletin board. Also, when you get on a delayed train, the conductor announces, "I'm sorry that the train is late." When I heard this announcement, a student asked me, "Why apologize when you're only one minute late?" Information about delays is constantly circulating on the Internet. You may want to check it out before you get on the train. Don't make a mistake and ride Women-only car During the morning commute, the rear car of the train may be a women-only car. Even though it is a "women-only car", it does not mean that only women can ride it, but it is also available to boys of elementary school age and younger, people with physical disabilities, and their caregivers. I have heard stories of men who rushed in at the last minute when the train was leaving and accidentally got into the women-only car, which made him feel embarrassed. When you get on the train, be sure to allow plenty of time. Different melodies for each station Music plays when you get off the train and get on it. Did you know that the music is different for each station? For example, Ueno Station, famous for its cherry blossoms, plays the melody of a song called "Sakura", and Takadanobaba Station plays the theme song of the anime "Astro Boy" by famous manga artist Osamu Tezuka. By the way, in Hachioji, where our school is located, a nursery rhyme called "Yuyake Koyake" is played. Please ask when you get on the train. There are many other things that surprise international students on the train. We will continue to introduce it next time.
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Dylan Gibson
Apr. 28, 2021
What a beautiful photo. I've always found it interesting but never understood the train enthusiast culture, but when you see photos like this you really start to understand why. I really love seeing the old steam locomotives personally, as opposed to the newer models and shinkansen. I know about the Sagano romantic train and always thought it'd be a really cool experience to go on a sightseeing trip in Kyoto using it. I never knew Gunma had such amazing scenery as well. My friend from there always tells me how unbearably hot it gets in the summer so I just always assumed there couldn't be too much worthwhile, but I guess Japan's four seasons really are as prominent as they say. Amazing...
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濱島 康郎
Apr. 27, 2021 (edited)
Shooting points of the "Watarase Valley Railway" crowded with shooting iron
Cherry blossom petals fluttered due to a sudden strong wind.
Midori, Gunma
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