Clean, punctual, and affordable, Japan’s trains avoid many of the potential drawbacks to public transportation. Still, getting around by train can be a stressful, tiring ordeal if you’ve got an infant or young child with you, especially if they’re getting antsy and cranky because of an empty stomach or a full diaper.
So to make things easier on parents, and kids too, Tokyo-based rail operator Odakyu has begun installing free-to-use baby care booths in select stations.
Called Mamaro, the booths were designed by Trim, a company specializing in child care fixtures. Equipped with seats and a changing table, the booths provide a place for parents to nurse, feed, or change their child, as well as a little privacy and personal space, all of which can be hard to come by in Japan’s busy train network.
Mamaro booths are even equipped with what appears to be a television monitor, which should help keep older siblings entertained while parents have their hands full with their younger brothers and sisters.
Mamaro booths were installed at seven Odakyu-line stations on March 1: Yoyogi-Hachiman and Shimo-kitazawa in Tokyo and Noborito, Sagami-Ono, Hadano, Yamato, and Tsuruma in Kanagawa Prefecture, Tokyo’s neighbor to the south. The booths are available, free of charge, for parents to use between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Source, images: PR Times
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How close does that kid have to sit to see the screen? Maybe a book or coloring book would be more useful.
Seems like a good idea.
Priorities are wrong. As the poster above says, just have more benches, especially for the elderly. That's where the future is.
The first photo shows a masked man with a crying baby and the door open, it’s quite distressing.