Old-school Tokyo Metro Manner Posters

August 10th, 2010By Category: Culture

The series of Metro Manner posters that have been displayed around Tokyo underground stations for the past year or so were designed by Bunpei Yorifuji and have proven very popular with design fans – if a little unsuccessful with the general populace. The current crop switch the negative messages for something more positive however, rewarding people for good behavior rather than admonishing them for bad.

Courtesy of the Pink Tentacle blog, here are some of the manner posters that have appeared in Tokyo in the past.

Cinderella rushing from the ball at the stroke of midnight, is used here to warn you against the danger of trying to rush into the train at the last possible moment. See the original here.

This one is obvious and not too different from the more modern iterations. That is, except for the appearance of Superman on the train. Original is available here.

The paintings of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec are the inspiration here, this one urging people not to smoke on the train platforms. More details at Pink Tentacle.

And here are a couple of the latest from the current set. Looking at the imagery used here it is safe to say that everyone can get the message. Which style works for you? Old or new? – Be sure to check out Pink Tentacle for the full set of classic posters, covering 1976 to 1982.

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