8 Ways To Be An Annoying Tourist, As Explained By Delightful Posters

12/18/2013 09:15 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Traveling to another country is hard, and all too often it leaves a respectable citizen looking like a touristy fool. We don't judge. There are plenty of cultural faux pas that slip our minds when trying to navigate an unexplained terrain in a foreign language.

Thankfully, the Metro Cultural Foundation of Japan has created a delightful compendium of dos and don'ts for riding Tokyo's subway. The Foundation presents 12 posters, one for each month of the year, detailing tourists' most common metro-centric grievances, presented in a language we can all understand -- colorful pictures!

1. Listen to loud music that bleeds out of your headphones. #Annoying.

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Notable indiscretions include munching on the train, blasting music in crowded spaces, and, of course, dozing off on the shoulder of a fellow passenger. With candy-colored graphics adorned with more than their fair share of hearts and squiggles, these public service announcements feel more like visual treats than stern warnings. Who knew a series of Japanese etiquette guides could incite so many smiles?

2. Fall asleep on someone's shoulder. Some people just need personal space.

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3. Fail to offer a pregnant woman a seat. For shame!

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4. Fling about your oversized bags. It's not a game of pinball, guys.

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5. Eat aggressively near a fellow commuter. Sigh. Those crumbs.

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6. Leave the sound on while playing games on your cell phone. Feel your blood boiling yet?

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7. Haphazardly pull your wheeled bag along the platform. Sorry, grandma!

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8. Block the doors while a subway is attempting to leave a station. Come on!

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Go ahead, air your subway-related complaints in the comments.

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