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Tue, Jul. 20th, 2004 09:45 am
Superlegitimacy: passion and ecstasy of a Tokyo train driver

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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jul. 19th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)


On one of train lines I use the drivers seem to be
competing to develop the most exotic
falsetto voices in which they announce stations. I often
wonder whether there is a special voice training course
they must pass before becoming full fledged
train attendants. Their nomikai must be sound really strange "tsugi wa yakitori, yakitori de gozaimasu!".

Bus drivers seem to take less pride in their work.
There are two drivers of the company bus where I work. One
quite clearly considers himself to be living in hell. He can
be rude, impatient, and is invariably a bad, extremely dangerous
driver. He may have a drinking problem. The other has a completely different personality: friendly, talkative, helpful, with a slightly rascalish but good natured look. And he's an excellent driver. If our workplace is a shrine, these drivers are two stone koma-inu at the entry point.

There was a very interesting and illuminating interview with
a chronic Tokyo chikan in a short lived but excellent
'zine about East Asian culture called "Bug".

A high level american IBM executive once told me with
extreme puzzlement, but no small pleasure, a story of
being molested by a high school girl when he was on
his way to a factory in the countryside.

One of my girlfriend's sexual fantasies is about riding
on a "chikan densha" where she's being sexually molested on a bumpy train ride.

Perhaps this is widespread. When I was on my way to Europe
last April, I read something in the Herald Tribune claiming there were more than 100,000 "bluejackers" on the trains
in the London region. Bluejackers or "toothers" use bluetooth
phones to identify sexual partners for brief sexual encounters
on trains or in train stations. Doesn't seem very
believable does it?

For a non-sexually oriented train fantasy check
out the manga version of Miyazawa Kenji's
"Milky Way Railroad".



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imomus
Mon, Jul. 19th, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC)

(From the Apple Store in Ginza):

Damn, there's always some otaku who knows more about a subject than you do! ;- )

When I got on the same line today I swear it was the same driver. But this time he had a big audience: a father was lifting his daughter to the window, while a tall schoolboy stood copying all the gestures.


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