Those kooky Japanese, and their crazy subway posters. But really, I mean seriously, the signage in Tokyo is a little bananas …
October 1982 - Don't you just hate annoying train monsters like Nesshii (the sleeping monster), Asshii (the leg-crossing monster), and Shinbunshii (the newspaper-reading monster)?!
Sept. 1976 - Don't throw chewing gum on the platform, because then Superman could get stuck and he won't be able to save us.
March 1979 - This poster pays tribute to the extremely popular Space Invaders video arcade game and encourages passengers to read their newspapers without invading the space of other passengers.
October 1981 - Now this one seems a bit racy to me. It is meant to remind passengers to remember their umbrellas. The text at the top of this poster -- which shows Jesus overwhelmed with umbrellas at the Last Supper -- reads "Kasane-gasane no kami-danomi" (lit. "Wishing to God again and again").
December 1981 - The subway is no place for dreaming! Especially when you are so tempted to pass out after your holiday festivities. Seriously, that is what this poster is supposed to convey.
May 1981 - The Non-Thinker, you know that person on the subway car who takes up way too much space?! This artful play on Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker" aims to encourage passengers to be mindful of their bodies.
April 1979 - Don't rush! The text is a play on the words かけこみ禁止 (kakekomi kinshi - "don't rush onto the train") and かけこみ寺 (Kakekomi-dera - Kakekomi temple), which has long been known as a sanctuary for married women fleeing their husbands. Pretty good.
October 1978 - Marcel Marceau reminds passengers to give up their priority seats for elderly and handicapped passengers, expecting mothers, and passengers accompanying small children.
July 1977 - Summer in Tokyo can get hot. So the metro system wants to remind passengers seated near a window to let cool air in when it is hot inside. This is obviously pre-AC.
November 1982 - John Wayne just wanted to remind passengers that there is no smoking on the platform during non-smoking hours (yes hours - 7:00-9:30 AM and 5:00-7:00 PM).
I think the MTA needs to get their act together a bit more, and up the creativity factor. What about you?