• Gen Kanai

    June 30, 2008 at 3:00 am

    The original videos were from Lyle Saxon from the TLUG mailing list posted April 5, 2008.

    You think the trains are crowded now? Check out how it was before companies began allowing flextime (1991):

    Before automatic ticket gates – this one the east exit of Shinjuku Station (1990):

    By way of contrast, here is the same ticket barrier – taken about three weeks ago (note the orange-hair gate crasher):

  • kirai

    June 30, 2008 at 3:14 am

    thx, the last two videos comparison is great!

  • Roy

    June 30, 2008 at 7:11 am

    Ah..the good old days!!!

    Before automatic ticket gates they cut tickets by hand and just watching those guys cutting tickets and collecting the fare differences of hundreds of people at the same time was amazing..

    Tokyo Trains are not as crowded as they used to be. That’s for sure.

  • Aaron

    June 30, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Haha, I’d like to see them all spill out when it stops.

  • Sano

    June 30, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Haha oh my god! That’s insane, I hope they have good air conditioners in there 😀

  • wow...

    July 7, 2008 at 5:55 am

    WTF. Why didn’t a few of en get off?? I saw a couple of people leave like “I’m not gonna fit in there!”

  • Ema

    August 14, 2008 at 4:24 am

    This happened to me too.
    Riding on the famous Odakyuu line… from the far Kanagawa prefecture to Shinjuku station.
    In the morning, for me it was one hour of only people entering the train at every stop, no one leaving.
    Wow, it was a kind of cultural experience… ^^
    I would not repeat it though…

    Thanks for the video, Hector!