The Oshiya

Rush hour on the train or metro is likeable for few, with pushing being perhaps the most enraging aspect.

(Alongside individuals pushing in when passengers are trying to get out. Usually with suitcases on both sides.)

Which is why I find the Japanese concept of oshiyas fascinating.

As the commuters fill the train, the oshiyas in white gloves take up an entry and heave, ho, push and squeeze until the door will close.

Somehow, in their determination, they remind me of when I try to close a particularly stubborn suitcase, invariably filled with books and foodstuffs.

Especially when, after pushing someone in, they take care to ensure their coat-tails aren’t trapped in the door:

See also: Tokyo Compression by Michael Wolf, at designboom.

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This entry was posted on November 19, 2012 by in Asia, Travel and tagged , .
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