Is There Really a Crazy Overcrowded Rush Hour Train?

Yep.

And it really is incredible to see. I’ve paid to get to the platform just to watch it… not to actually get on the train.

Go to any of the major stations during rush hour, and you can’t miss it. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before — even if you’ve seen the video online (I’ll share that below).

There have been people so sandwiched between others their feet were off the ground. They were literally floating.

Check out this video of train stuffing in action.

I love the comments on this video too: “When I grow up I want to be a train stuffer!” Haha!

A sub-question of this point may be:

Why do Japanese Workers Commute by Train During Rush Hour?

Wouldn’t it be better not to ride the train during mad rush hour in Tokyo?

I imagine it would be, but do you think the workers have a choice? I’m sure they’d prefer not to ride during rush hour too.

Living in downtown Tokyo is very, very expensive — so many choose to live in the Western suburbs — which you learned about in chapter 2.


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