The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.
Commuting during rush hour in Japan is not for the faint of heart. The trains are jam-packed at as much as 200% of capacity during the height of rush hour, and razor-thin connection times to transfer from one train to another leave little margin for error. Compounding the stressful nature of the commute in years past was the nerve-grating tone—a harsh buzzer used to signal a train’s imminent departure. The departing train buzzer was punctuated by sharp blasts of station attendants’ whistles, as harried salarymen raced down stairs and across platforms to beat the train’s closing doors.
Photograph taken on film, 6×6, Hasselblad 503 CX, Kodak Portra 400