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Tokyo subway during morning rush hour - 東西線 葛西駅 満員電車

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Uploaded on Oct 9, 2011

朝の通勤時間に東京メトロ東西線の葛西駅で撮影した毎日満員電車です。日本に新しく来­た留学生として、それが普通だと、僕らの毎日経験になると驚きました。

Video footage of our daily commute to university (on Tōzai Line leaving from Kasai station) during a typical weekday morning rush-hour. As newly arrived exchange students we didn't know yet that this would become our regular routine for one year.

Trains and platforms are longer than in other countries and another train will arrive within the next one or two minutes. There is station staff with white gloves that will politely stuff you onto the train if you are in a hurry and can't wait for the next train. It wouldn't be so much of a problem if there weren't just too many people wanting to take a train all at the same time.
Kasai station actually does not belong to the most crowded stations (it ranks as 35th most used station operated by the "Tokyo Metro" Corporation with an avg. of 96,000 customers per day), but according to 2009 figures, Tōzai Line is the most crowded subway line in Tokyo (sometimes running at 199% of its capacity). [Source: http://tinyurl.com/6d8hhec and http://tinyurl.com/699esh4]

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