On Riding Trains, Buses, and Elevators
As you can see, falling in line is observed by most of the people here in Japan. This also applies to situations where you need to ride public transportation such as trains and buses, and also riding the elevator.
If you are about to ride the train, bus, or an elevator, form a line at the designated area and wait there. If a line already exists, diligently follow it and avoid cutting in front of other people.
When the train, bus, or elevator arrives, you will notice that the line will move at the sides to make a path in front of the doorway. The people who are getting off will pass through this, effectively avoiding any commotion and trouble.
Once the people are out of the vehicle or elevator, that’s the time the line will move inside. This systematized way of riding vehicles and elevators surprises almost every foreigner who is not used to it. It is always an unspoken rule to let people get off first before getting on.
Let us try to follow this and maybe, we can bring this kind of practice to our own countries, which is a good thing.