Japanese Sleeping

Por kirai el 05 de September de 2007 en JapaneseCulture

Japanese have an special ability to fall asleep anywhere at anytime. Since I came to Japan I’m keeping a collection pictures showing Japanese people sleeping. Look at the first picture where four people in a row are sleeping! When I took this picture, almost everyone in my wagon was enjoying a siesta.















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  1. Its so strange. In my country, only homeless people sleeps on the metro, or on the street.

  2. Gravatar de sheerblade
    05 September, 2007

    Kinda cool that they can sleep and lean on each other while they do it. If I tried that here I’d get knocked out.

  3. why do they fall asleep anywhere?

  4. I think it’s because they are more trusting of the people and their surroundings that nothing will happen to them.

    I’m pretty sure you won’t find them nodding off like that here in the U.S.

    I would do the same in Seattle but wouldn’t dare doing it in N.Y.

  5. Amazing how people can sleep like that, wish I could do that here but I would probably be robbed if I do.

  6. I suppose it’s something referred to as powersleeping.
    If you lead a hectic life or working long hours you need to top up the hours you sleep in order to stay wake and alert longer.
    I read articles on the web explaining how to do it, but I can’t.
    Best I can do is sleep on the train or bus for a few minutes – and I need to power sleep with my 12 hour shifts!
    No wonder the japanses can handle a hectic lifestyle..

  7. Oh by the way I am referring to bus and train in London.

  8. WOW
    That’s hilarious! I like the guy asleep on the motorcycle, and the one smack dab in the middle of a station. I could never do that and I’m sure I would get a few weird looks if I tried.

  9. Gravatar de sheerblade
    05 September, 2007

    Gotta take in to mind some of the one’s sleeping outside could be ones that stayed up all night drinking and missed their trains.

  10. That’s amazing. Especially the man sleeping right in the middle of what seems to be a train platform.

  11. 1) The guy on the moped… that pic screams “Photoshop me!!”

    2) The guy in the middle of the platform: Did it bother him that his water was knocked over?

  12. it is pretty safe to do tht here in japan….
    i used do to tht too coz train journey is long n boring.
    but it must be the overwork n not enuf sleep….

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  14. Hahaha!!!! Thought I would never see that pic again!!!
    The 9th pic has been characterized as “the best photo in Japan 2004 album”.. :-p

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  16. Amazing pictures!! hahahaha.

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  18. I’m guessing it’s an ancient chinese secret… WTF, LMAO!!

  19. hilarious!

    on the train is one thing but in the streets!

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  22. Gravatar de bingobangoboy
    15 September, 2007

    The amazing thing is that all of these people who are sleeping on trains will be mouth-open-drooling-dead-to-the-world asleep for the entire trip, until the moment the train comes to a stop at their desired station, when they miraculously wake up automatically.

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  25. Japanese are sleepwalking through life because NOBOBY–not even babies—goes to bed before midnight and EVERYONE has be in the trains by 8am.
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  30. kirai means ” dislike” or “mine”. lol

    I don’t know why, even if I sit on the chair in the train and got felt a noise and quake of train, I would be sleepy.
    Those are excruciatingly feelling good for sleep.


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    30 December, 2007

    This is why God made airhorns.

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  38. Gravatar de John Smith
    John Smith
    31 December, 2007

    Too bad society drives people into sleep deprivation so they will fall asleep anywhere they can!

  39. jajajaja they are so cute!! japan its the best place yup ^^ tan monos los japonecitos =P suerte y gambate from mexico!

  40. Gravatar de asdf qwer
    asdf qwer
    31 December, 2007

    What an efficient use of time. :)

  41. I was one of those that could never fall asleep. Used to be amazed when others could fall asleep sitting up in class!

  42. I would assume that you see a greater number of people sleeping in Japan because their rate of Narcolepsy (A sleep disorder) is extremely high. There are even some businesses there that have required nap times.

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  44. Gravatar de purpleboots
    09 January, 2008

    they work so hard here. thats why they sleep on trains etc. Even i often go to sleep on the train here now. can’t manage it standing up like they sometimes manage though. and have had people fall asleep on my shoulder and not known what to do.

  45. i’m part japanese and have that weird ability to fall asleep anywhere, in any situation, instantaneously. i don’t live in japan, and i’m currently a college student, so i’m not always working (except for studying, lol). i think it might be a genetic thing as well as a cultural thing. i choose to believe that anyway, or i’d feel weird about my sleep habits!

  46. Gravatar de Persicus
    10 January, 2008

    well the homeless simply blend in

  47. i read that part of the reason this happens is that children are allowed to fall asleep any time they want in classes when they are at school.
    so it becomes a habit from then. I guess if we had been used to having little naps from an early age we would probably find it easy now too.

  48. Gravatar de Chuckster
    11 January, 2008

    The same thing happens here in Seoul. Not to the same extent as in Japan but it still happens. It’s actually a good way of catching up on some sleep and when you get it right, you can wake up right before your subway stop. It is fricken annoying however when someone next to you and falling asleep on your shoulder and drooling all over you.

  49. I thought it was all hilarious, I especially loved the picture of the guy sleeping on his moped. Seriously though I don’t think they have any ‘special ability to sleep,’ These people work long hours there for little pay. Shit I’d be konkin out standing up if I was working as much as them too.

  50. Man Japan is so clean and beautiful…people in my country treats it as a dump…shame on us.

  51. thats crazy, lol
    man thats funny
    contact me

  52. I can understand catching a nap on the metro, Ive done it before. But that seems a little different form catching some z’s in the middle of a standing platform or even a park bench… Though, they’re homes are usually smaller, or shared with family so maybe it really is easier to sleep elsewhere?

  53. Gravatar de Kornyfo0l
    14 January, 2008

    I bet it’s because the Japanese are overworked

  54. Gravatar de johannes
    15 January, 2008

    what’s wrong with japanese people?

  55. Thats what I love about Japan – people feel secure as its a safe country – if it was anything like the UK then someone would have walked off with your bag and anything else not tied down.

    They are probably overworked – they don’t get much annual leave – bless ‘em! I have a pic of 2 guys who fell asleep in front of me on the tube – just watching the whole process happening was hilarious!

  56. maybe if you didn’t have to be around fat ugly Americans all the time you would feel that comfortable too

  57. At the design festa exhibition they even put out a giant mattress for people to kip on. Big bookstores are also a favourite spot for public naps.

  58. I like the idea of Opportunistic sleeping, :)
    I do it myself too, Power napping at every possible times

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  60. I used to live in Japan. DId you know it is incredibly rude to take photos on trains?

  61. From my own experience…those who sit on the platform, lie unconciously on seat are drunk. Other than that, yup, Japanese tends take naps during their commute. And I turned into one of them when i was there.

  62. Well, I used to sleep on the Tube when I was commuting in London. It was relative safe. But here in San Francisco … way to many crazy people on the busses.

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  65. Oooooooh, it’s very simple: it’s simulate. They’re just dead :D

  66. Ha ha, I guess they don’t get much sleep. Why take pictures of people sleeping?

  67. Gravatar de kalliopi
    28 January, 2008

    …κι όσοι δεν κοιμούνται φαινονται εξαντλημενοι. λογικο επακόλουθο της υπερκόπωσης. σκέτη θλίψη.

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  69. I lived in Japan for almost ten years and noticed the same behavior in trains. Japanese are in their own world when in a train. It’s almost impossible to get eye contact. I think they just turn off the outside world for privacy :-)

  70. nice one …….
    but even in INDIA we can see it,
    i think buses , trains are
    good place for sleeping
    living in our own world……….
    without any disturbance !!!

  71. Gravatar de Minh Nguyen
    Minh Nguyen
    17 March, 2008

    This is too funny its pretty much the same in Saigon as well.

  72. its soo cool to see alll those pics at the same time. haha
    but, most of them should be drunk or something. normal ppl dont do that.. like sleep on the street or something… haha but yeah, just coool. good job.

  73. Gravatar de asiye sasi
    asiye sasi
    06 April, 2008

    japannese very good person.I want to see very very them…

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    asiye sasi
    06 April, 2008


  75. Gravatar de hm…..
    09 May, 2008

    LOL. ITs obvious its because they all are over worked, except for the guy in the 2nd pic…its ovbious hes passed out lol.

    But damn man, they can’t even get a full nights sleep?

  76. Gravatar de Fredrik
    29 June, 2008

    When I lived in tokyo I too was surprised about this, but I soon realized that it was really really easy to fall asleep on the train. And it wasnt as dangerous as it is here in sweden :P

    Great pics!

  77. I was in Japan and I swear I saw the CEO of Toyota sleeping on the sidewalk.

  78. I think people is happy .
    There is the environment that can sleep people’s being relieved.

  79. Gravatar de qqhendy
    20 August, 2008

    有机会的话去日本看看。哈哈 面白い

  80. I fall asleep on the time on train and bus and i live in the us long rides very boring.

  81. Gravatar de Mein bharat se hoon-shashwatpns
    Mein bharat se hoon-shashwatpns
    22 August, 2008

    1)nice pics
    2)to pinki,only homeless, wealthless &careless people do that in trains etc. otherwise no one would do that in india.

  82. It happens to some extent in Hong Kong too. Most people work in the morning and go shopping at night so sleeping while travelling is important. Though sleeping on pavements and on the street is a little extreme.

  83. Wow. They are really trusting to sleep around strangers…. it’s kinda cool that they are comfortable enough to sleep anywhere they want though! I wish I could do that….

  84. Wow, this makes total sense after reading that 1 out of 600 Nipponese are prone to Narcolepsy.


  85. Fall asleep in public in the States and It will only be a matter of time before the cops hassle you.

  86. The second picture looks like the result of a hard night on too many vending machine beers…..

  87. I have picked up this skill since I moved to Japan. There is something about living in Tokyo which makes me always ready for a quick nap. I think it may have to do with the fact that Tokyo has a real fast paced lifestyle and people have to get sleep when they can.

  88. [...] Por exemplo, os japonenes fazem dessa atividade uma arte e, onde tiver espaço, eles são capazes de cair e dormir. [...]

  89. HaHaHa~! So funny pictures~!

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  90. I totally understand sleeping on the subway/train. as long as you’re sitting on your wallet.

  91. They are just too tired…

  92. just too drink.

  93. This is both amusing and a little creepy to look at

  94. Heh… This is very hilarious. I love it.

  95. Having lived in Japan for several years now I completely understand. Both as a student and when I was working, my commute was over an hour long. Since there isn’t much else to do, you fall asleep. Pretty soon your body gets used to this and getting on the train means feeling sleepy. The other big reason is that work hours are long in Japan and the train is a place to catch up on your sleep.

  96. Gravatar de Shant-sensei
    22 May, 2009

    I’ve read all the comments below (they were indeed numerous), and I`ve got some insight and comments to share about these narcoleptic Nihon-jins.

    1- They definitely feel safe enough to leave themselves completely vulnerable to strangers by sleeping in public as Japan is a very safe country. People have this innate respect for everything around them…well, most Japanese do, at least.

    2- The pictures seen in train/metro stations are quite common as those who miss the last train (roughly around midnight) are forced to wait until dawn for the first train home. Partying in Tokyo is a commitment to pull an all-nighter, cuz seriously, who’s gonna leave the club at 11:00pm just to catch the train? It’s cool tho, cuz a lot of bars and clubs are open until 5:00am, and they never stop serving alcohol :)

    3- Regarding the “overworked” thing: yes, and no. The majority of the people here who work do so 6 days a week, for 10 hour shifts. Taking vacation days are allowed (by law) but very few Japanese people make use of them as they feel that they would be portrayed as being lazy. Japanese people have a profound work-ethic and it’s built into them since childhood (many of my grade-school students go through 10 hour days of school/club activity/music lessons/cram schools/etc…).

    4- Yes, taking pictures in trains is considered taboo, and the cell-phones purchased here have the option to turn off the shutter sound *when taking a picture* disabled. This is to prevent perverts from taking pictures in cramped spaces…they even go so far as to have “women-only” cars in some trains during peak commuting times.

    5- As for being able to fall asleep anytime/anywhere, well I’ve got some friends back home who can do the same :P but seriously, the amount of people on trains who sleep is STAGGERING! There are 3 types of people you see constantly on trains. One: the sleepers. Two: the texters. Three: the readers (myself included). I once had a guy fall asleep right in front of me while STANDING UP! And this was a 300 lbs man! He was snoring!!!

    Wow, that was a long comment :)

  97. Gravatar de Komura
    30 May, 2009

    I’m Japanese and I had an experience to stay in Canada so I think I can talk about the possibility of why Japanese are sleeping in Public.

    First of all, People are relieved and relaxed to sleep in public in Japan because it is safe country.There are some foeigner though, most of all are Japanese or asian races in Japan.that’s why people has less cautious to the others in public..(In Canada, It is more like opposite way.people usually show a sense of safty to notify “I’m not your enemy” with a little smile and with an eyecontact in public transportation.)

    Second, People are off mode in public such as in train due to overwork or some reason and they want to take a rest and then get back to be on mode in the office or meet up friends.That’s why people are less interest with the people in public especially in big city.

    Third, I’m guessing from my experience so I can’t be sure about it but, ordinary Japanese can’t hold long eye contact with stranger or avoid eye-contact intentionally with people who don’t know in train.I assume that it is because they are luck of dopamine due to stress.Besides, Some Japanese are not used to looking the stranger’s eyes directly unless they are outgoing like a TV personarity.Well, It depends on your state.
    When I am lively, I sometimes watch people actively in train in Japan and in the train it is usually noisy because people surround me are awake and talking loud as well as when I’m talking with my friend or my coworker in train, usually many people are talking in train.I don’t know if it is some kind of synchronicty or not but it happens.

  98. Gravatar de Mashirito
    05 June, 2009

    I’m pretty sure that if Japanese are in train or metro in the U.S. They wouldn’t fall asleep.

  99. creepy that you’ed spend so much time taking pictures of people sleeping:O

  100. Gravatar de Camille
    01 July, 2009

    this is strange. but awesome. if I tried to do lean on someones shoulder here in San Francisco, theyd cuss me out and probably try to hurt me. lol.

  101. I think it’s a special Japanese “sleeping gene”. I work in an English Language school in Australia, and our Japanese students are notorious for falling asleep in the library, rec room, lunch tables, in the busses when they take trips, and even in class!! I wonder if it has something to do with the way they can get all red-faced after one light beer, and completely drunk after two? Perhaps they have natural alcohol in their system?

  102. Maybe their conciousness is not awake or active due to so much stress.Their soul is nearly dead. give them some weed to feel alive and get away from wrong place lol

  103. Hop j’ai trouvé ça:

  104. The train made in Japan is more comfortable and safer than that of the bed in Hilton Hotel.

  105. I(Japanese) want you to know….
    not rare – japanese sleeping in train(comfortable)
    rare – sleeping on ground(not confortable)

  106. For us Europeans a very different country. Very good photos.

  107. Gravatar de mashirito
    04 November, 2009

    It is because people believe that sleeping in trains is not dangerous and actually it is too rare to encounter a crime in train in Japan.When People get tired from their work, it is a comfortable place to get sleep in train in Japan.In some countries, it is dangerous to sleep in trains.

  108. they are just really efficient people

  109. I’ve slept like this in New York City when I worked there. Sometimes, you get tired and can only take a nap where you are right then. So yeah, the floor of Penn Station is damn comfortable when you just worked for 17 hours. Also, the A-C-E train runs smooth enough to catch a 20 minute nap on your way downtown.

  110. @Helio – Iiii dunno, when you put it like that, to me it could be they hassle to hassle, or they understand it’s not safe and are trying to prevent anything bad and unnecessary from happening (for your sake or theirs).

  111. That’s true. Japanese are sleeping,when they have a chanse to do it.,anytime,anywhere.

  112. Cuz we’re tired and the train rides are really long in Tokyo. Never thought about safety etc etc, just never thought of being robbed… until I left Japan…

  113. I hope no one snaps shots of me when I’m sleeping on the train… I try to stay alert with my eyes closed but sometimes I’m just so tired…

  114. Reminds me of Africa, where you will also see people asleep wherever they land. In the US, of course, if that many people are asleep in public, you wonder why the city doesn’t open a homeless shelter for the overflow!!

  115. Japan Here I come I love taking naps when ever i feel like it .I live in London and am always sleep on the bus and train and in the summer Love to meditate in the park before taking a nap

  116. Gravatar de elbandito
    19 April, 2011

    Japanese people sleep all over the place because they are complete tools when of comes to their job life. Most of them get up hella early to.commute more than 30 minutes then they get off work and stay out until the last train. Thankfully people are respectful enough not to jump you while you’re sleeping. You definitely can’t do this in most poor countries like America, most of Europe and south America. So I definitely see why it would appear weird for people from those countries.

  117. Gravatar de Deadfiend
    09 May, 2011

    This probably happens because Japan is awesome and people don’t have to worry about anyone steal their stuff.

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  119. Gravatar de joejoe
    30 May, 2011

    most dishonorably

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  122. Japanese people truly have a very unique culture. hehe.

  123. Average working hour in Japan is 56hr/week, compared to American 43hr/week. And 50% of vacations are simply ‘returned’. Generally they’re more sleep-deprived people.

  124. Hi

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  126. Hey~ Love the collection of pictures!
    especially that first one! lol

    I hope you dont mind, but I have linked to you on a post I wrote about Japanese people and their public sleeping habits:

    Really enjoying the website~

    Cheers and thanks for all the hard work!

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