Japanese Manners and Diversity

In Japan, it is generally considered bad manners for women to apply makeup on the train. Many people are conscious of time during their commutes, and the cultural emphasis on respecting others and public spaces is commendable.

However, many women likely feel the need to utilize the idle time while waiting on the platform or during their commute to freshen up. If they cannot do so on the train, they are compelled to spend additional time in restrooms before or after their journey.

For instance, if it takes five minutes each time and this happens 100 times a year, it amounts to 500 minutes, or approximately 8.3 hours annually. This time could potentially be used for something more productive.

Had women been involved in designing the train interiors, there might be carriages with spaces specifically for touch-ups, or convenient corners on platforms for quick fixes. This represents an important aspect of inclusive design—considering diverse needs to enhance quality of life.

With an additional 8.3 hours a year, individuals could pursue new opportunities and nurture their talents. Designing spaces that honor both Japan’s culture of mutual respect and the importance of personal time could significantly enrich lives.

By fostering such thoughtful design, we aim to make life more enjoyable and productive, allowing individuals to fully realize their potential. This shift in societal norms and time management can be achieved through continuous advocacy and innovative design.

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