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graffiti mayhem

I remember coming to Osaka and thinking how wonderfully clean the trains were, and marvelling at how free they were from graffiti, unlike their counterparts in England. But in recent weeks that's all changed.

Graffiti is suddenly becoming a big problem, and executives at Japan Railways are in a panic.

If the graffiti wasn't so filthy and damaging to the psyche of children, then perhaps it wouldn't matter. But it certainly does matter. Our children must be protected from this feculence.

A JR train before graffiti......

.....and after.

This image could haunt a child for years.

An advert against the recreational use of drugs if ever there was.

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On Saturday, 23 September, 2006, Blogger Brit in Hokkaido said:

Hey Englishman, I don't want to alarm you but the situation is much worse up North.

If you board the specially graffitied Doraemon Express in Hakodate, you can travel through the Seikan tunnel to the special Doraemon station, and then return to where you er started from.

The staff dress up as the robotic cartoon cat himself apparently too.  

On Sunday, 24 September, 2006, Blogger katioschka said:

thanks for making us laugh.
I have never been to Japan, but you sure make me want to. From what I've observed from far, Japanese people seem so, how could I phrsase it, naive, childish ? Then again, I am sometimes astonished in my own country (France)

On Sunday, 24 September, 2006, Blogger Amy said:

Wow, I wonder if trains were graffitied like that over here would help the ailing public transport system. Take the Doraemon Express to work instead of your old Camry. I'm sure the kids would rather take one of those cool cartoon buses than their mum's Landcruiser.  

On Sunday, 24 September, 2006, Anonymous Blinded by the light said:

1st I was stuck behind the cars with the pandas in them. Then I vaulted from my car to the nearest platform only to met by these supercharged designs. I sadly now long for something grey and dreary.  

On Monday, 25 September, 2006, Blogger Marie said:

I love it!  

On Monday, 25 September, 2006, Blogger Invader Stu said:

All aboard the hallucination train  

On Tuesday, 26 September, 2006, Anonymous KS said:

Hi there,

I read your blog every week and just wanted to say hello, and that you are doing a great job!

I used to stay in Tokyo, so it is nice to see some of the Janese crazy stuff, that I do miss sometimes (Denmark is too boring! :-D)

Take care,
Kristian from Copenhagen/Denmark.  

On Tuesday, 26 September, 2006, Anonymous Gogo said:

Japanese people are just full of imagination, that is.  

On Wednesday, 27 September, 2006, Blogger stev said:

doreamon train... and doraemon station

still i'm sure there's a valid reason behind everything...

recreational use of drugs. kekeke...  

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