Yes, it’s that time of year again when some foreigners who reside in Tokyo take over a carriage on the Yamanote Line train, make a public nuisance of themselves and drink like eejits. Annoucements for this year’s “festivities” have been kept quiet so far, no doubt to keep those crazy 2ch forumites guessing as to whether it’ll happen or not. But many are speculating that it’s this coming Saturday (25th October) from either Shinjuku or Ikebukuro station at 9pm.
It’s not my job to criticise these people but they should spare a thought for those ordinary folks trying to make their way home and having to share a carriage with these drunken obnoxious idiots. It would piss me off anyway having to be with them and whatever some of them might say it does give a bad name to the rest of the foreign population of Tokyo who aren’t even involved. I know the easiest thing to do would be to get off at the next station and go to another carriage.
Could you see this type of thing happening in London or New York? Definitely not, the police would crackdown on this immediately. Don’t they realise they’re guests in Japan and just can’t do anything as they please. If you want to get wrecked then do it in a pub or hire a warehouse but not on a train for God’s sake. And I’m tired of hearing the excuse of “there’s some Japanese people partying too”. True, there’s some Japanese people involved but the majority and the instigators behind this whole event are foreigners.
I hope there won’t be any ugly scenes should this event go ahead or perish the thought any of the 2ch forumites who threatened to stab any foreigners last year turn up and do something terrible. I’d hate to hear of anything bad happening.
For those that accuse me of being a party pooper, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having fun around Halloween. Hell I’m all for it but there are appropriate places to celebrate and enjoy yourselves and a public train is not one of them.
OK, rant over!