During the morning rush hours, people will get in line and stand in a queue. They will get on trains and flow into the trains as people inside get off. Japanese people are very familiar with the command “Mae ni Narae” (Line up arms length” or “FALL IN”) from our elementary school days. One of the virtues derived from Japanese culture, “alignment” is reflected in these good line formation culture. The weekday rush hours peak between 8am and 9am in the morning. People are inured to hardship during these hours. No one is talking. It’s an absolute silence, however people can live in each of their own worlds with smartphones and cell phones in their hands nowadays and they remain silent until they get off at their own stations.
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