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A comical yet sharp-tongued video created by a Japanese railway operator aimed at improving passenger manners is rekindling a debate on whether it is appropriate to apply makeup in trains.

In the video made by Tokyu Corp, a young woman, who presumably had just come to Tokyo from a rural area to study at university, utters a monologue: “Women in a big city are all pretty. But they can be ugly sometimes,” with the camera turning to two other young women applying lipstick and mascara while seated across from her in a relatively empty train.

The young girl then stands up and starts dancing and singing rap music in front of them, with lyrics such as “Why can’t you do that before leaving home” and “Your eyebrows restored and eyelashes multiplied, your transformation is witnessed.”

While she dances fiercely and glares at the women with angry eyes, they continue putting on their makeup nonchalantly as if the girl is invisible. The video ends with the subtitle: “Please refrain from putting on makeup in trains.”

The video is one of four made by Tokyu as part of an awareness campaign on passenger etiquette launched this fall, but only the makeup version has triggered controversy on the internet. The other three are intended to discourage people from using a smartphone while walking along the platform, jumping a queue to board a train and carrying a large bag on their back in a crowded compartment.
https://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/controversial-video-criticizes-women-putting-on-makeup-in-trains



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...was this some kind of bad parody?
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Most disgusting thing ever is watching insane people eat on a NYC subway... especially when they use another seat as a table.
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Most disgusting thing ever is watching insane people eat on a NYC subway... especially when they use another seat as a table.


The NYC subway is a surreal experience.
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I don't particularly care about people putting on makeup in front of me, but I can see why somebody would. Especially for scented lipsticks and perfumes, it would be disruptive to other passengers, and the mascara thing... I know most women have difficulty putting on mascara without opening their mouths? I don't know why, but it seems very common. So I can see why that's rude.

In the grand scheme of things, though, I'd take any of that over 99% of what I put up with on transit.
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Xxanthar wrote:

Most disgusting thing ever is watching insane people eat on a NYC subway... especially when they use another seat as a table.


The NYC subway is a surreal experience.


^this.
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Xxanthar wrote:

Most disgusting thing ever is watching insane people eat on a NYC subway... especially when they use another seat as a table.


I wish the rats would just go up to the seats and take a bite out of their food if they ever leave it on the seats.

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It probably isn't he safest thing to do. If the train suddenly comes to an emergency stop, you might accidentally stick your mascara wand* into your eyeball.

Also I've witnessed a women bring out her whole makeup collection and got her broken powder compact everywhere. I've heard japan is a lot more cleaner than usa so they might not have that type of problem.
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Interesting. I wouldn't find it to be a big deal either way. Basically, they're staying quiet and keeping (mostly) to themselves. It's not like they're eating or talking, or anything.

I could see why some Japanese people wouldn't care for it. The social norm seems to be to keep to one's self and not draw attention. This could fall into the latter portion. I'd consider it on the level of basic personal grooming, which would probably be a little rude in public - mostly harmless. I could also see the safety argument, but the campaign doesn't seem focused on that.

I'm sure it's important to consider the sexism argument here as well, considering it is Japan. It is a primarily female activity they are targeting in this ad. Still, men don't generally wear makeup, but I'm sure people would find it rude if they did.
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I have seen people try to ( unsuccessfully ) piss into a bottle on public transit while their friends cheered them on.

Applying make up hardly seems like an affront.
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I don't particularly care about people putting on makeup in front of me, but I can see why somebody would. Especially for scented lipsticks and perfumes, it would be disruptive to other passengers, and the mascara thing... I know most women have difficulty putting on mascara without opening their mouths? I don't know why, but it seems very common. So I can see why that's rude.

In the grand scheme of things, though, I'd take any of that over 99% of what I put up with on transit.


I never really thought about it that way with scented lipsticks and perfumes, that's so true. For mascara maybe it has to do with keeping the face muscles relaxed? I open my mouth only very slightly when I do it but yea.
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I mean you're not meant to even use your phone on trains. That includes just quietly listening to music. In the end it's not like you'll get kicked out the train so as a white guy you can do what you want.
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I mean you're not meant to even use your phone on trains. That includes just quietly listening to music. In the end it's not like you'll get kicked out the train so as a white guy you can do what you want.


Huh? Lots of people use phones on the trains. OL, Salarymen, JK... even the occasional obaa-chan.
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Huh? Lots of people use phones on the trains. OL, Salarymen, JK... even the occasional obaa-chan.


I'm just a weeb what would I know lel.

My knowledge is probs just outdated. I googled to check and there at the very least was some kind of stigma attatched to it
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HateKillingCamels wrote:


HideyoshiJP wrote:


Huh? Lots of people use phones on the trains. OL, Salarymen, JK... even the occasional obaa-chan.


I'm just a weeb what would I know lel.

My knowledge is probs just outdated. I googled to check and there at the very least was some kind of stigma attatched to it


Didn't seem to be, but I'm just a weeb who spent some weeks on vacation there. Could have just been large metro areas, too. Smallest city I went to was Hiroshima.

Edit: The smallest city I went to with a train, that is.
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