18 Wonderful Retro Tokyo Subway Posters

These amazing posters, from the late ’70s and early ’80s, were delightful reminders of how to conduct yourself on the train. And now I want one of each, please.

Translations for these awesome Tokyo subway manner posters provided by Pink Tentacle.

1. Don’t be an annoying train monster or else this robot will be mad.

(Poster circa 1982)

Reminder for passengers not to sleep, cross their legs, or read papers on trains.

2. Superman (with quite the receding hairline) shows that the fastest way to get on the train is by flashing your pass.

(Poster circa 1976)

Reminder for passengers to show their train passes when boarding.

3. That is unless there is gum on the floor.

(Poster circa 1976)

Reminder to not throw chewing gum on the platform.

4. This courtesan Agemaki (a character from the kabuki play Sukeroku), doesn’t leave behind her umbrella.

(Poster circa 1977)

Reminder for passengers not to forget their umbrellas.

5. Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator character, Adenoid Hynkel, takes as much space as he wants.

(Poster circa 1976)

Reminder for passengers not to take more space then necessary.

6. Warning: If you see this Santa you’ve had too much to drink.

(Poster circa 1976)

Reminder that if you drink be considerate to fellow passengers.

7. And if you’ve had too much to drink, Doraemon (dressed in his Santa costume) will wake you up if you pass out on the train.

(Poster circa 1981)

Reminder for passengers not to pass out on trains.

8. Marilyn Monroe can remember to take her umbrella with her and so should you.

(Poster circa 1976)

Reminder for passengers to take personal belongings with them.

9. Will Superman save Lois Lane’s trapped purse?!

(Poster circa 1977)

Reminder to passengers to be careful not to get bags caught in the train doors.

10. Two sumo wrestlers dangerously cross the white line.

(Poster circa 1979)

Reminder for passengers to stand behind the white line while waiting for trains.

11. A nun (?) uses the Force to stop a passenger from rushing onto the train.

(Poster circa 1979)

Reminder to passengers to not rush onto the train.

12. Napoleon shows his train pass and so should you.

(Poster circa 1978)

Reminder to always show your train pass.

13. Sometimes you just can’t make the train — as Cinderella learned the hard way.

(Poster circa 1977)

Reminder to passengers of the danger of trying to rush onto a train that is already departing.

14. So if you forget your stuff, Astro Boy will kindly deliver it for you.

(Poster circa 1976)

Reminder for passengers to take their belongings with them.

15. Sometimes, Mary takes the train (?).

(Poster circa 1977)

Reminder for passengers to give up their seats for mothers with small children.

16. Jesus has enough umbrellas, thank you very much.

(Poster circa 1981)

Reminder for passengers to take their umbrellas with them.

17. Just an FYI: John Wayne uses a water gun to put out his cigarettes.

(Poster circa 1982)

Reminder for passengers to not to smoke on the subway platforms.

18. Um…. this is just creepy. Will I die seven days later if I take that seat?

(Poster circa 1978)

Reminder to allow the elderly and mothers with small children to have priority seating.

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