Japan is just one of those cultures that is infinitely fascinating. Japanese pop culture is intense and whether it’s blasting bizarre sex-themed game shows or inventing weird food like fried chicken ice cream or chocolate flavoured curry, this small yet impactful country never ceases to entertain.
Even their advertisements are jam-packed with aesthetic overload – just get a load of these vintage Japanese subway ads. According to online publication Pink Tentacle, these posters appeared in Tokyo subways during the mid-70s and early-80s to remind people to behave appropriately – giving up priority seats, being sensible with seat space, showing train passes etc. And to say that they’re quirky would be an understatement:
It turns out that ‘manspreading’ was a problem back then too… even Hitler did it (much to the dismay of Charlie Chaplin).
For more classic Japanese moments, check out the country’s latest food trend: Burger Straws. Never change, Japan.