Japanese Barf Bins
This is my first submission to the Japan Blog Matsuri! The theme this month is ‘what do you find most unusual, crazy or strange about Japan?’.
Now, there are so many unusual, crazy and strange things about Japan however, for this post, I want to move away from the obvious and extreme ‘crazy Japan’ and bring to your attention some mainstream wackiness.
Inspired from GetMeABucket, I nominate the ‘oga kuzu-bako’ (or ‘sawdust bin’) as an unusual, crazy or strange thing about Japan.
A more appropriate interpretation for the ‘sawdust bin’ is ‘vomit station’. It is a dedicated metal bin, located on the platforms of train stations in Japan, that contain readily available sawdust that aids as an absorbant for commuter hurl.
To me, this is strange and begs the question. Obviously, the barf bins were installed on train platforms due to high instances of passenger puke. Is the message that commuters on trains in Japan are alcohol intolerant or just hard drinking salarymen?
A special thanks to Gakuranman for hosting this month’s matsuri.