I was watching the television show Departures on July 18, 2012, in which two young men from Toronto travel around the world - in this case, they visited Japan. Hence my interest in it. Go figure.
As the blog title suggests, the photo presentation below will show you how a gaijin (foreigner) in Japan can buy a subway ticket in Japan - oft times a confusing endeavor as there are many train lines, and you purchase your ticket based on the distance traveled from your point of entry to your destination.
In the photo above, our heroes are confused by the amount of money they need to spend to buy a ticket from an automatic ticket vending machine. Confused, they decide to hit the 'help' button which should bring a subway employee to help them sort it out.
If you follow the photographs (in order) that I snapped on my television, you'll see how to purchase the correct ticket for your journey on the subway lines of Japan. Confusion reigns in Photo #1 up above. Down below, the solution:
|You rang? Holy crap! A foreigner!|
|You put your money in here, says the man in the machine.|
|Let me direct you to our easy-to-use subway map.|
|It will cost you ¥260 (US/Cdn $3.35), says the legless man in the machine.|
|Thank-you for interrupting my day, stupid foreigner. I must get back in my box.|
|Back in his box, the subway employee knows Japan rules in efficiency.|
Makes you wonder if there's a guy in every ticket machine, as there are quite a few of them in the larger subway stations.
Also makes you wonder where they go to the washroom. And what do they do for the other 23 hours and 55 minutes of their shift. Is this a part of Japan's limited living spaces? Do you tip him (no - you don't tip anyone in Japan, except to tell him he needs a better job)?
Still... the boys got their subway ticket, so the system works.