Taking a nap anywhere and anytime is part of the urban landscape in Japan. Whenever they can, people just enjoy dozing off – standing up, sitting down, leaning against others, in public spaces. But no place is better than on trains.
We have been traveling quite often by train lately and almost every time, we could spot people comfortably settled in, ready for a nap in any position. I admit, trains have a lullaby effect on people. On several occasions, I found myself struggling hard to keep my eyes wide open and not to end up leaning on the shoulder of the person next to me.
The funniest ones are the kids, who are energetic and playful at the beginning of the ride, but start snoozing little by little in no time. And they do it in very funny poses, like this little girl in the ‘arch’ position below.
It really doesn’t matter that the person next to you is a complete stranger, any shoulder is comfortable enough to dream about fluffy unicorns!
Mums&kids, they do it together :)
And it goes on and on, ’til the next commuter train.
Actually, the napping habit has become such an important part of the Japanese landscape, that in Tokyo there are several Nap Cafes and other places where you can pay to take a quick snooze ($1.5 for 10 minutes). That’s cool, I’ll drop off next time I’m in Tokyo.