I’ve talked about how the Japanese don’t J-walk before; they seem to have infinite patience as they wait for the green walk light. Well, it seems that this patience is also extended towards using escalators. Or shall we call it laziness?
Because let me tell you. You have to be pretty damn patient to wait in a line to stand up the stairs. And not just any line. The lines I’ve seen reach up to thirty people. But what’s worse is this thirty-person line is just for the left side of the escalators. I’ve seen the right side and the neighbouring staircase almost completely free of people before. And yet people still line up!
I have to battle with this every time I come home from the language school because as soon as I walk out the train, a line has already formed for the escalator. I have to push past these people just to get to the stairs!
Like, I don’t know about you, but I can’t be bothered to wait, much less so I can stand up the stairs. It goes so slow it’s painful. Something that could take 15 seconds, instead would take me 35 seconds. I would be able to hear the crickets in the background.
And anyway, since when is choosing a line over no line, and the slower way versus the quicker way of getting somewhere, ever been the preferred option? It’s like if I purposefully drove the long way to work, the way with lots of traffic lights, versus taking the shortcuts. WHY?
Maybe it is really that their laziness overpowers their impatience, xD…
Having said this, however, some Japanese escalators are worth the wait. I was with a friend one time, and we were making our way through a train station when we went down this one escalator… and went back up and down it again, xD. It was just so cool!
I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to the escalator lines, haha. Let’s just call it a pet peeve of mine 😊.
Until next time,