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Annoying habits by train commuters, hot trends for 2011 and other survey results

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During the year-end period, various websites conducted all sorts of surveys on topics ranging from annoying habits of train commuters, to relationships, to the top trends for 2011. Here are some of the results.

Most annoying behavior by fellow commuters

  1. Sitting with legs crossed or spread out on a packed train (“Maybe you don’t realize what you’re doing, but nobody can stand in front of you like that!”)
  2. Rushing on to the train when I’m trying to get off (“I know you want to snag a seat, but there won’t be any seats if you don’t let people get off.”)
  3. Cranking up the volume so I can hear your headphones (“If you feel like people around are staring at you, it’s probably because your music’s blaring away!”)
  4. Dozing off with your head on my shoulder (“We’re all exhausted, but that’s what the glass behind your head is for.”)
  5. Blocking the door without any intention of moving aside (“The spot right by the door is popular, but when we all go after it, the middle of the car is completely empty.”)
  6. Doing your makeup from start to finish on the train (“If you think nobody’s paying attention, you’re dead wrong.”)
  7. Searching for your commuter pass right in front of the ticket gate (“If you’ve lost it, please move off to the side.”)
  8. Couples: too much public display of affection (“You think this is your room or something?”)
  9. Bringing a child on to the train during rush hour and shouting, “Don’t push him!” (“I know you’re worried about your kid, but even if you yell at me, I can’t do anything about it.”)

Survey of users of Pouch (http://youpouch.com)

What will be the top trends of 2011?

  1. Tokyo Sky Tree; 2. LED bulbs; 3. Electric vehicles; 4. Haneda Airport’s new international terminal; 5. Smartphones; 6. 3D; 7. Hybrid cars; 8. E-books; 9. Discount airfares; 10. Tablet PCs

Source: Dentsu Hit Products Report 2010 (www.dentsu.co.jp)

Guys, what’s your type?

  1. Natural, subtle makeup (62%)
  2. Slender body (44%)
  3. Bangs, either straight or swept to the side (41%)
  4. Shiny, brown hair (40%)
  5. Cooks Japanese food (38%)
  6. Long hair (36%)
  7. Straight hair that hangs loose (31%)
  8. Pink underwear (28%)
  9. Low-heeled shoes, about 3cm (26%)
  10. Polish-free nails (26%)

Survey of male readers of Zexy.net

Do that in front of my crush? No way!

  1. Blow my nose
  2. “There’s nothing in particular I’d be reluctant to do”
  3. Go to the bathroom
  4. Check email
  5. Keep quiet when I’m hungry
  6. Yawn
  7. Gossip
  8. Sneeze
  9. Talk about work
  10. Buy things

Survey by NTT Docomo, Minna no Koe

Relationships that women would like to throw out with the trash

  1. Boss
  2. Coworkers
  3. Friends/acquaintances
  4. Boyfriend
  5. Ex-boyfriend
  6. Neighbors
  7. Parents
  8. Relatives
  9. Subordinates
  10. Siblings, husband

Survey of women age 20-30 by Nikkei Business

So you missed the last train—what now?

  1. Catch a cab home
  2. Go to an internet/manga cafe
  3. Crash at a friend’s house
  4. Chill out in a family restaurant
  5. Rent a karaoke room
  6. Go to a fast food joint
  7. Head to an izakaya
  8. Kill time at a conbini
  9. Hit a bar
  10. Go clubbing

Survey by NTT Docomo, Minna no Koe

Moments that make girls think, “Wow, I’m no spring chicken!”

  1. I don’t know any of the newly released songs at karaoke.
  2. I don’t know names/faces of any up-and-coming celebs.
  3. I can’t remember how many members are in a Johnny’s boy band.
  4. All the popular idols and celebs are younger than me.
  5. I don’t know any of the popular cartoon characters.
  6. I can’t figure out how to work the "purikura" machine.
  7. I’m hesitant about wearing an above-the-knee skirt.
  8. My feet immediately start to hurt wearing heels higher than 10cm.
  9. I use emoticons, but I don’t get the new “deco” emoji.
  10. I can’t keep track of the names and faces of popular "dokusha" models.

Survey of 731 women by Goo Ranking (http://ranking.goo.ne.jp)

Top 10 places you’d never go to alone

  1. Amusement park
  2. Izakaya
  3. I can’t go anywhere alone.
  4. Karaoke box
  5. I have no problem going anywhere alone.
  6. Family restaurant
  7. Concert
  8. Bar
  9. Movie
  10. Fast food restaurant

Survey of NTT Docomo mobile users

© Metropolis magazine (www.metropolis.co.jp)

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Its hard to believe no one has a comment about these surveys.

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taisho999,

There are probably ten reasons people aren't commenting.

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Where's the results what women find sexy?? I hope men in this country will start to dress properly, gain some weight or muscles and get a nice hair cut!

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I agree with all the commuters annoyances with number 2 being my number 1 annoying behavior. Dont care about 4,6,8 and 9.

Guys, what’s your type? 8. Pink underwear (28%) Wahaha. Nice! Number 5 is an important one tho. Actually rising on my list, a woman needs to be able to cook delicous food. Lucky with my missus.

And relationships that women like to throw out. I see almost ever woman dates their boss. golddiggers

And as for trends the skytree can s.o. for all I care

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Ah ha ha ha ... I get that women hate their bosses or coworkers, but I find it funny that "boyfriend" comes before "ex-boyfriend."

Six and eight and maybe nine on the train stuff is the kind of stuff that annoys other people and I wonder exactly why it does. Who cares if you're watching the girl put on makeup? Why does that bother anyone?? How about "guys who could use a breath mint/spray with febreeze on a packed train" instead.

5 is my number one, closely followed by #1 and #4. I could never understand those people who, in a nearly empty train, would stand in front of the door even though they weren't getting off at the next stop, and then seemed awful surprised that someone wanted to get on or off the train. #1 is just obnoxious, since only about 5 people fit in a seat when they spread their legs out. And #4 ... as a woman I've had too many oyaji "accidentally" falling asleep on me. I like to leaaaaan forward so that they keep tipping over and over and over ... and then get up suddenly so that they fall.
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I'm surprised nose-mining isn't on the "annoying" list. It's on my "annoyingly disgusting list"-

I don't care about make-up applying as much as someone standing in front of me up to the second digit...

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A lot of the complaints about train manners are valid, in my opinion, but a few are not.

"4. Dozing off with your head on my shoulder (“We’re all exhausted, but that’s what the glass behind your head is for.”)"

If someone dozes off on your shoulder, either sympathize and let them (since 'we are all exhausted'), or else shrug and wake them up. I've seen people bash the back of their heads pretty hard when nodding off, and some trains pass by so close to each other there's an actual 'BANG' and a bit of a concussion.

"6. Doing your makeup from start to finish on the train (“If you think nobody’s paying attention, you’re dead wrong.”)"

People on trains in Japan are getting better and better (or worse, if you will) at ignoring the pregnant lady who wants to sit down, or the elderly folks with the canes who need a seat, why do you need to stare incessantly and frown at the young lady doing her make up? I admit it's a little weird, but no more so than other personal habits, and certainly less disgusting that the men and women who seem to be digging for gold or something with their fingers up their noses (or drooling over manga porn). This is a faux-pas mostly in the eyes of the elderly, and they need to grow up.

"8. Couples: too much public display of affection (“You think this is your room or something?”)"

This grosses me out a bit, too, but so long as they're not stripping each other down or engaging in heavy petting or make-out sessions (or dirty talk), I don't see what business it is of others.

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train survey- Numbers 2, I just run over them ( Rugby /NFL Runningback time )if they block the entrance the trick is to use your shoulders.and roll right over them. I've never seen such stupidity in my life until i came to japan. If they did this in New York there would be fights breaking out. Number 5, door blocking fools idiots ( no commonsense ), Number 9, Shinjuku is full of these idiot housewives that bring their stroller and brat. It'annoying dodging these slow moving idiots.Why can't you wait after 10AM ? Why ????? More annoying commuters are: newspaper readers that open the whole newspaper while sitting down( the people that fold their newspapers are ok but please just get a freakin smartphone or ipad please galapagos anyone, runny nose snorters,JR runway models that pass by with the latest wear, healthy people sitting in the silver seats and children jumping on the silver seats like it's some freakin jungle gym !!!!!

Guys, what’s your type? 1. Natural, subtle makeup (62%) J Guys define Natural ?????? What the fock is that ? Does black hair qualify ???? I guess not ? Natural means what ?

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How do these women hope to survive in this life if they throw these relationships away? Huggy pillows can help to a certain extent but then... Well, good luck to them. (Nikkei survey)

The guy's type: Being able to cook your country specific recipes is interesting. Should let the Italians do the pastas and pizzas, Germans-bread and Japanese - all the amazing Japan specific recipes. Who can do better? Being adventurous is another thing.

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Guys, what's your type?

I'm surprised "bangs" is only number 3. Bangs are a lot more important than that to me ;)

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smith: I do enjoy it when a woman dozes off on my shoulder. And I especially get turned on watching a woman put on her makeup. Talk about cheap thrills!

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Jkanda: "The guy's type: Being able to cook your country specific recipes is interesting."

Okay, so what does a Canadian born of a Korean mother and Chinese father cook? Give it a rest! Anyone can cook any other nation's recipes as well as the natives, or better if they've trained or simply have good sense. I can cook Japanese food better than many Japanese I know (and that's not subjective opinion, it's fact). Being able to cook a variety of ethnic foods is far more interesting, in my opinion, than simply being able to make poutine, hamburgers, or sushi.

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My number one is people who are first in a long line of people waiting to get on the train. Then when the train comes they saunter on slooooooooowly, blocking the way so that people who actually want to sit down don't manage to get a seat. If you don't care about sitting, then move aside and let other people be first. Talk about rude!

And then bringing babies onto a train. I don't want a baby that cries or needs a diaper change anywhere near me. Yuck.

I agree, we need a list of what women find sexy in a man. :) I would be interested to know! Personally I like the skinny guys with tight clothes though. It sure beats the guys who are bulky and can't give a care about personal hygeine from the US! (not all of you, but almost everyone is bulky) Skinny and feminine is the way to go!

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Oh, and people who stand right in front of an open seat without sitting down, but block it so that others can't sit there. Can't they just move to the side so that they aren't in the way?

And people who space themselves out too much, so that only 6 people can fit on a 7-people seat. Ugh.

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I cross my legs because I don't want people standing in front of me. Head on my shoulder - if it's a girl, woohoo! If it's a dude or obasan, get off me. And public display of affection? Are we still talking about Japan?

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On "“Wow, I’m no spring chicken!”" Maybe this list should not be about age but about a inability to have any meaningful interests other than vacuous celebrity nonsense.

As for Relationships women wish to throw out. Are there any you wish to keep? Sounds like many women prefer to be hermits. Too bad there are not enough isolated mountain shacks to go around.

As for the train. "9. Bringing a child on to the train during..." Jerks! Come on, are you really ok shoving children? Some jerk off nearly trampled my partner's niece the other day. It is PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION you selfish twits. And as an adult you have a social responsibility to be careful of others. Especially children. I have and often do shield small people or children from the shoving moron salarymen and OLs who are too selfish to care about others. So much for Japanese manners and grace.

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And one more thing. For trains regarding make up. Why do you care what someone else is doing if it does not impact your life? Is she touching you? Is she resting her mirror on you?

I see girls making up all the time on their way somewhere. Doesn't impact my life in the least bit. I read or catch up on my videos on a video player. Is that any different?

A lot of us spend a lot of time in our commute, if you can put that time to practical use and not inconvencience anyone else, why not? Too many busy bodies trying to care about simple actions of others.

Here's a radical idea. Why don't you worry instead about all the drunk people who do actually harm and inconvenience people on the trains by falling on them, puking all over or crashing into everyone. Leave the busy girls and their make up in peace.

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Yap, everyone should be like a robot, we all must behave the same way, follow the same rules, so we will perform our tasks in the most efficient manner.

Being like zombies would make Japan proud of us.

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While commuting in the train, the best thing for me is to close my eyes. You will not imagine how comforting and fun that is. Gaijins can try to close their big eyes and not stare at all the funny things going on:). I have fragrance sprayed on my wrist, in case I have to battle with some unpleasant odor.

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These lists, as have been said, are so vacuous and devoid of true meaning that it's no wonder so many people here end up alone, or in unhappy marriages. The criteria of young people is SO stupid some times. And guys with make-up being a turn-on??

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Blocking the door without any intention of moving aside i'll move if you say sumimasen but if you just push i think your being rude and will push back.
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The top trends were pretty sad too. Live to consume, consume to live. The new mantra of Japan. "I consume therefore I exist."

This year's visit to home was enlightening. Top trends seemed to be 1. Going back to school to start a new career. 2. Green living both to reduce costs and impact on the environment. 3. Health, people seem to be eating differently, caring about the content of their food and taking care of themselves. 4. Hobbies. People have a wide range of creative or engaging hobbies. I did not hear anyone talking much about celebrities or shopping.

Sad truth, Japan has been bred into a society of shoppers and consumers of mass production and communication. So often I meet people with no real passion for anything outside shopping or celebrities, that I find it hard to imagine this is real. In a city like Tokyo, one would expect to see people passionate about the arts, culture, their hobbies, self improvement, global issues etc... Certainly the case in many of the world's premier cities. I worry about the future of a society with such shallow passions.

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Agreeing with Pamelot, I would also like to add those people who cough/sneeze over you when they are standing and you are sitting. Japanese seem to have become a little too reliant on those face masks, so when they aren`t wearing one, they forget to put their hand over their mouth.

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Not that those masks help. Watch someone sneeze and see the mask elevate as the sneeze pushes it aside and spreads the cold germs anyway. Those masks are pretty much useless.

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I HAVE to say something THIS time: There is NOTHING more adorable, than to have a girl fall alseep on your shoulder, on the train...of course, it is embarrassing to do it on a guy, but hay, we ALL get exhausted SOMETIMES...I've had girls fall asleep on me occasionally, and I love it. (no, not so much a turn on, it's just SO cute....) I don't mind it at all.

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WA4TKG. Creepy....

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Slender body (44%)

hahaha I am satisfied. It means 56% don't need a slender body.

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Cute toes are a turn on. Why isn't that on any list?

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It's interesting that nose picking doesn't fall under irritating behavior.

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I find putting on makeup annoying. For one it is not the powder-room, ditto for guys eating on the train.

Some of those makeup tools look scary(Torquemada would be proud) what what gets me is the smell.

LoveUSA.

A woman needs to have stuff that we can grab onto, bit of a tummy and butt is good. ;) If I want a stick-insect I buy one from the pet-shop.

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Where's the results what women find sexy??

This question is easy to answer. Women like real men.

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LoveUSA.

Pls, define what a "real" man is. So far I haven't found any consensus from the ladies that I know.

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Generalizations such as these and those above in the lists are just plain silly. They are the product of, much like those who say it's disgraceful for someone to do make up on the train, people who have an old-fashioned and/or close-minded way of thinking and are not open to anything but what they percieve as proper or good.

tkoind2: "The top trends were pretty sad too. Live to consume, consume to live. The new mantra of Japan. "I consume therefore I exist."'

I couldn't agree more, and I find that there are little or no signs that things are going to change. A lot of lip-service is paid to 'the environment' and of course we all know what a buzz word "Eco" has become here, but like the government talking about 'going green' that's all it is for the most part--lip service. And the focus on consumption here is astounding (brand name goods in particular).

I also agree with you on the train manners of #9 -- it's ridiculous that someone above suggested that a mother wait to take her child (who may not be old enough to walk and so needs a stroller) home until 10 a.m. for the convenience of commuters! And you're darn right if someone shoves my child I'm going to raise hell, or at the very least if it's so crowded that they cannot help pressing against or bumping into the child I'd stare them down or ask them to be careful. It's like people complaining that an infant cries and expects the infant to be quiet on a train, plane, or what have you. An ADULT can adapt to the circumstances... the infant cannot. Or if any of you miracle parents out there think you know a way to make an infant/child stop crying on command you better patent the method -- you'd be a billionaire in no time!

No, what needs to be done about #9 is that a space is made specifically for strollers, and that it should be enforced that it is ONLY used for that purpose... but we all know how well the 'priority seating' rules are followed/enforced.

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Pls, define what a "real" man is. So far I haven't found any consensus from the ladies that I know.

It is annoying to me to teach men what a real man is. They will get it. It generally means respect women and if she ignores you, no need to beg for attention. Keep your dignity, don't complain, don't whine, solve your problems, help her. Not being gay or a stalker too. Real men are not petty, do not hold petty grudges. Telling a woman is fat and ugly is so gay.

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i did #6 once because i was running late and i couldn't go to my destination bare-faced. applying lipstick and cheek blush was manageable, but curling my eyelashes and applying mascara in an express train were really scary. i will never do it again. hats off to women who apply fake lashes on the train - i have no idea how you manage to do it.

what really pisses me off in the train is the offensive smell. the other day, the woman beside me in the train applied nail polish to her fingernails all throughout the train ride. the chemical smell was nauseating and i wanted to punch her in the face. i love winter because most people don't stink, but some people wear jackets that smell like mothballs. oh please!

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I find putting on makeup annoying. For one it is not the powder-room, ditto for guys eating on the train. Some of those makeup tools look scary(Torquemada would be proud) what what gets me is the smell.

I never understood what's the hang up over women putting on make up while on the train. Mind you, I'm a man and I'm not interested in make up. In fact, I think women don't need it at all and I'm completely against the idea of it. But to be perfectly fair I don't see any difference in someone putting on make than anyone else doing something on the train like listening to music, talking to someone next to them, playing a video game, reading a book, etc. If you don't like to see it, then simply close your eyes or look elsewhere.

Same goes for public displays of affection. If you don't like to see it, just don't stare at the couple.

Anyway, some of my own train station annoyances are people who stand right in front of the ticket machines while looking up at the signs above to find out how much it will cost to go to the station they want. It's fine if other ticket machines are open, but when all of them are taken and people are waiting to go, it's annoying when people stand in front of the machines if they're not ready to use them.

Similarly I hate when people stand with their kids next to them at the ticket machines, and while the parent is using the ticket machine their kids black the adjacent machines to the left and/or right.

In response to the thing about people rushing onto the train before people have gotten off, I respond with the fact that I find people take TOO long getting off the train which annoys the heck out of me. Especially those folks who wait until the last minute to even get out of their seat, and don't even go to exit the train until people are already boarding.

Blocking the door without any intention of moving aside i'll move if you say sumimasen but if you just push i think your being rude and will push back.

I hate when I want to exit or enter the train, and there's one jerk standing right in the middle of the doorway obliviously looking at their phone or something who doesn't budge at all. I figure if they're too distracted to step aside while people enter or exit, then I'm too busy to say excuse me and just bump 'em out of the way.

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I think some here have taken number 9 the wrong way.

First today most trains at rush hour have women only cars so any mother with a brain traveling at rush hour with young children should be in those cars, they are usually much less crowded.

But this line that so many seem to have missed (“I know you’re worried about your kid, but even if you yell at me, I can’t do anything about it.”) says it all, in most cases the person being yelled at has little or no control, he or she is being pushed by the masses trying to stuff themselves on to the train, a mother can yell all she wants at the person next or behind her but when that persons feet are barely touching the ground there is little they can do.

I agree on many of these but my most hated is not there:

People who stop just as they pass through the ticket gate either going in or out and block you from passing ( you know the idiot that stops to look at where they are going just centimeters from the gate) how many time my ticket or pass has either been sucked back in or blocked because some idiot stopped I couldn't get by and the next guy put his ticket/pass in so the gate doors close and you have to get the station worker to unlock or retrieve your ticket/pass.

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limboinjapan - I disagree. In EVERY train car their are priority seats for old people, disabled, mothers holding young children etc.

I doubt you would say that we should put all the old people in the "women only" car too? Those cars were invented because women were worried about groping, not for parents, and are VERY busy. I do agree that women shouting at people because of their kid (if they choose to travel at rush hour) is ridiculous, however I have never seen this happen.

The way the guards pack people into trains is a real pet peeve of mine. I wish they just would say "sorry, this ones full" once in a while.

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Yeah I never understand why people dont just go to the middle of the isle instead of standing near the door. Always crowded at the door and empty in the isles, insane. I always stand in the part where the trains are connected. Loads of space there. :)

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himehentai:"I disagree. In EVERY train car their are priority seats for old people, disabled, mothers holding young children etc."

I'm a single father and I have HAD to travel at rush hour with the children in the past when they were young, so I know the reality.

It is next to impossible to get near the priority seat in may cases at rush hour (not to mention that some trains like the Yamanote have no seats at all during rush hour, the seats are folded up to make more standing room.

I have also yet to see a women only cars nearly as full as regular cars.

As for "The way the guards pack people into trains is a real pet peeve of mine. I wish they just would say "sorry, this ones full" once in a while." I have seen the station workers "try" and tell people this only to be ignored!

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Bangs, either straight or swept to the side

I think this is very important in a woman.

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Doing your makeup from start to finish on the train (“If you think nobody’s paying attention, you’re dead wrong.”)

I thought that was the whole point - they want to be looked at?

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Anyone who rushes to the empty seat like it's musical chairs always makes me chuckle. It just seems so important to some people to get that seat.

People with halitosis, it must be tough for them, but standing next to that is like breathing death.

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Grown men sitting there knuckle-deep up their own sinuses never fails to make my gorge rise. My daughter's six and she knows better. How the hell do these dolts think they don't need to observe that elementary courtesy?

And furthermore, when you've carefully positioned yourself five inches away from the next passenger on the seat, and you can see there are people standing up, don't glare at me like it's me who's being rude when I ask you to move your ignorant arse along.

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I have also yet to see a women only cars nearly as full as regular cars.

You haven't had a good look at the women-only cars on the Chuo line at rush hour obviously- absolutely packed, I can assure you, just like the next carriage down. It may look slightly less full because the people on it are shorter, but really it's just as full as the others.

As for "The way the guards pack people into trains is a real pet peeve of mine. I wish they just would say "sorry, this ones full" once in a while." I have seen the station workers "try" and tell people this only to be ignored!

Here you're correct, they say this all the time. Himehentai, listen out for "tsugi no densha goriyou kudasai"- it's something the staff often say, but people usually ignore.

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Trends--Sky Tree and Haneda Airport are trends?

Type--Didn't know 'pink underwear' was a type! And these are all physical things!

Not In front of my crush--Go to the bathroom. Hope you are on a very short date or wearing a diaper!

Relationships for the trash--HUH?! This list includes everyone!

Wow! I'm no spring chicken--Really?! These are things that make you feel old?

3--I can't go anywhere alone. / #5 I can anywhere alone--So which is it really?
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Oh, I don't know. Putting on makeup means having sharp tools near your eyes on a moving train full of people paying no attention to your personal toilette habits. This habit bothers me for the same that people driving should not apply mascara etc. It's freaking dangerous! Oh, and also it is behavior for the privacy of one's bathroom. No time? No excuse.

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"Wow, I'm no spring chicken!"

I have crow's feet around my eyes.

I still have a mountain of VHS tapes.

I remember when there were no keitais.

I remember when there was no internet.

I remember when there were no color TVs.
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"Wow, I'm no spring chicken!"

I remember when popcorn was not microwaved.

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This is very close to the list I would put together for the nyc subway

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@dolphingirl, It's both! That's what happens when you survey a bunch of NTT Docomo mobile users--you get a variety of answers.

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I had a guy who wouldn't give up leaning against me for a nap (we were both standing). After pushing him off a few times, I finally carefully put one foot behind me, and then abruptly took a full step backward. Arms flailing, he went skipping sideways down the train. That ended his nap.

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It's so annoying, most people not talking on their cell phones or having loud conversations with their neighbors. People queuing in line instead of shoving, the trains being on time by the minute. Oh wait.

The grass is always greener on the other side.

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The (armpit) body order guys should be at the top of the list. Followed by The" I desperately need a breathmint guys ! ! " I just ate a Daikon and Natto Sandwich guys " brush your teeth or breath through your nose. Pleassseeeeee !!!!!!

The trick is: spray cologne, body spray, or something on your jacket arm or something. If the fumes get worse just smell your jacket.

When I know ( 100% sure ) someone's breath stinks. I usually make unkind gestures. So they will get the message. The funny part is their co workers have to smell the stench in the morning. Hahahahahaha !!!!!

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Why is boobs not on there for "Guys, what's your type"?

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Top 10 places you’d never go to alone

Amusement park Izakaya I can’t go anywhere alone. Karaoke box I have no problem going anywhere alone. Family restaurant Concert Bar Movie Fast food restaurant

HUH?!?!?!?!?!

bar? movie? concert? fast food restaurant? anywhere?

I would love to see this list for the USA. all the lists. not just the alone one.

I love this: you miss the last train so you go to a combini to kill time. for what? 6 hours!!!!????

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I like it when a guy hangs on both straps and proceeds to stick his private parts in your face. Losers. That is why I put my legs and feet in the way, so no one can get close enough to do that. I have nicknamed them the D__K Strappers.

When someone sits next to you and within a second has his head on your should, tell him in Japanese your shoulder is not a BAG. Really makes everyone rub the back of their heads.

Natto breath can melt glasses.

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People with halitosis, it must be tough for them, but standing next to that is like breathing death.

I too hate this. It makes me feel sick when that warm excrement like stench drifts my way. Why is halitosis so common over here?

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Sarge: LOL!

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Wow! I'm no spring chicken...

I remember seeing the first Ghostbusters movie and that was elementary school! I remember when leg-warmers became popular the first time. I remember when Madonna was 'like a virgin' and now she is is like 53! *I remember playing that 'pong' video game in black&white.
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Yeah... not going to a fast food restaurant alone??? These people don't ever go for lunch during work or anything? That's one of the places I think you'd find the most people on their own. Also family restaurants, they are one of the few places here I feel I don't feel so strange being alone in. I see people alone all the time who order the drink bar and just sit and read/study or whatever.

Karaoke, amusement park, and izakaya I definitely understand. The rest are kind of.. surprising.

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I don't like to be anywhere alone, nowadays. I'm no spring chicken! I remember when it was semi-safe to walk alone. xD

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im surprised cellphones were not on the list. I wouldn't mind a girls head on my shoulder. Putting on makeup ive seen in a J-Drama i don't see a big deal there either. & seen (in J-Drama) Girls get kick out of Restaurant for talking on their cellphones.

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