Japanese escalator etiquette


Japan is a land known for proper etiquette in every situation and even when you take the escalator  there is “escalator etiquette”.  In Japan, every time you ride an escalator, people who are just standing  stay to one side to ensure a clear lane for others (who may be in a hurry) to pass. This is simple common courtesy and when society follows the rules, it works really well


In the Kanto area (where Tokyo is located), everyone stands to the left and walkers pass on the right. However in the Kansai area (where Osaka is located), everyone stands to the right and walkers pass to the left.


Legend has it that in Tokyo, samurai preferred to stay on the left so they could draw their swords easily, whereas in Osaka merchants preferred to be on the right to protect their belongings carried in the right hand.


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