There are so many strange and shocking experiences to be had on the Tokyo subway. From the exhausted salarymen sleeping with their heads resting on a stranger’s lap to people with extreme hairstyles, cosplayers and Gothic lolitas roaming the carriages, there’s usually no shortage of interesting things to look at. I’ve even heard English-speaking foreigners give blow-by-blow descriptions of their bedroom exploits, heard about couples getting married on the loop line, and seen people sprawled full-length beside a pile of vomit on the carriage floor. I thought I had seen it all. But I was wrong.
Could this be the (scato)logical future of travel? Is this a protest against congested public transport, a desperate cry for attention, a new way to pick up plumbers, a misunderstood genius, or the next subway must-have? Whatever comes of it, this mysterious woman in leopard print knows how to attract attention. And maintain the carriage ceiling free of clogs.
Some Japanese netizens on Hamusoku passed judgment, others overflowed the toilets of admiration.
“Brilliant idea!” gushed one commenter. Quite a few said nothing but “lmao”. Many others vowed to follow suit and make use of this all-purpose tool. Taking a step further, one guy recommended that convenience stores start stocking them handily “right next to the umbrellas”.
On the flip side, some strong concerns surfaced:
“Yuck, why is she carrying that thing around?”
“The ceiling will stink of poop!”
“Let’s not make this a trend… (prediction)”
“Eureka! This will be a new hit product.”
“Shame on our country.”
“What happens when she tries to get off and it’s stuck there?”
“Wasn’t it there from the start, attached to the train?”
“Even if that’s a new plunger, I don’t want to see that…”
“Is there a toilet on the train ceiling now?”
So while most pooh-pooh the very idea, this could revolutionize subway travel. Or at least keep things flowing smoothly. Arriving soon at a station near you.