• 立っているのはつらい
    Standing is hard on me. - Manako
  • 誰かがゆずるでしょ
    Oh, I'm sure someone will give him a seat. - Manako
  • 優先席(yūsenseki)

#8980 children are watching your [bad] manners

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This girl has obvious observed adults well.* Here she is sitting in a priority seat and pretending not to notice an obvious candidate. "Let somebody else take care of it." is a Japanese motto—especially in politics and the bureaucracy.

Equal time: "Not my problem" is the American response—as I learned sitting at the front of a kneeling bus one rainy Los Angeles evening.

* I take that back. If she wants to qualify as an expert, she'd (a) spread her magazines and arms to occupy two seats or (b) feign sleep. The latter dates back, in my experience, to at least the Seventies.

• こどもは見てるよ(kodomo wa miteru yo) = "children are watching"
• 大人のマナー(otona no manā) = "adults' behavior"
• おとながお手本です(otona ga o-tehon) = "adults serve as examples"
• 優先席(yūsenseki) = "priority seat"
• 立っているのはつらい(tatte iru nowa tsurai) = "Standing is hard on me."
• 誰かがゆずるでしょ(dareka ga yuzuru desho) = "Oh, I'm sure someone [else] will give him a seat."

  1. chuck_pacific 92 months ago | reply

    that means I should stop wasting time on flickr in front of hard-working students? :)

  2. Nemo's great uncle 92 months ago | reply

    @chuck: Flickr isn't wasting time. It's an education!

    You're safe as you're not likely to meet any hard-working students in Japan. Look-busy, maybe.

  3. Aakash Mandhar 92 months ago | reply

    Nice capture, And it has a meaning.

    For one second I almost thought it was an ad of Yahoo! with all the purple in it.

    @Nemo : Could you please capture a photo of a Yahoo! ad or Yahoo! office in Tokyo? Thanks

  4. Nemo's great uncle 92 months ago | reply

    @aakash: Which Yahoo? My back-up Internet access is YahooBB, but that's a Softbank company. Softbank also bought Japan's No.3 cell phone company from Vodaphone.

  5. Aakash Mandhar 92 months ago | reply

    I was talking of yahoo.co.jp/

    I think they also provide broadband in Japan. Not sure though.

    PS: I work with Yahoo! in India.

  6. Nemo's great uncle 92 months ago | reply

    @aakash: YahooBB is a Softbank company. I'm not sure what the connection with Yahoo is, but there are quick links to the Yahoo.co.jp Japanese language portal.

    P.S. Softbank has an English language website, but not YahooBB.

  7. Kenzo* 92 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Lifestyle / 生活
    , and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
    thanks

  8. Nemo's great uncle 92 months ago | reply

    @kenzo: Check out the "invite this" button on this page.

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