Japanese, as a culture, is just cleaner. They are used to taking a lot of their
trash with them. During last World cup in Brazil, an article published about
how Japanese fans brought trash bags to clean up the sections they were sitting
in after the game was over. They’d pick up all of the trash and leave those
seating sections cleaner than when they came in. It’s a lot easier for the
cleaning crew to do their job when the people they clean up after are more
conscientious. The stadium cleaning service in Brazil finished that day in
record time too.
of the journalists, New York-based Charli James, produced a video in October
titled “7-Minute Miracle,” depicting an entire Shinkansen train being cleaned
in seven minutes. “Three hundred and twenty-three Shinkansen bullet trains
depart Tokyo Station daily, transporting nearly 400,000 passengers every day,”
reads an English subtitle in the video.
worker covers one car, about 100 seats,” a subtitle says in another part of the
video, which is less than two minutes long. “I traveled on the Shinkansen from
Tokyo to Kyoto before starting the Dateline Tokyo program and was very
impressed with the trains,” James told The Japan Times when asked about the
reason for shooting the cleaning process for bullet trains. “In America, our
trains aren’t as clean and on time, so I thought Americans would be interested
in seeing how this turnaround process works in Japan,” she added.
video explains exactly what steps are involved in cleaning a Shinkansen train
from nose to tail in the seven minutes between the train’s arrival at the
station and its next departure. Cleaning teams are in position on the platform
as the train pulls in so as not to waste a second, and, as you can see, no
corners are cut as they clear and wipe down each car with incredible speed and
cleanliness of the famous high speed trains in Japan requires a new expression
to define it. Adjectives like meticulous and spick and span falls short for it.
But the people behind the clean cars of these trains teach the world more than
just to clean a train efficiently. They take pride in their work and hold a
spirit of hospitality, bowing before the passengers and thanking them for
bringing garbage from the train and helping them in their work.