Reasons to hate midsummer trains in Japan


Japanese trains are, overall, great, but at the height of summer one’s patience can be stretched by many a thing; this survey from goo Ranking looked at this, what people hate about packed midsummer trains.


goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 15th and 21st of July 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. This time everyone was aged between 20 and 39 years old.

Both other people’s sweat or just general hum from a hard day’s work bother me, and sometimes I do find my own sweating embarrassing. Number 19 is a bit of an odd one; it sounds rather Victorian to me!

Here is some pleasant sweat in a train:

pocari sweat

Ranking result

Q: What do you hate about packed midsummer trains? (Sample size=500)

Rank Percentage
1Other people’s sweat smell16.3%
2Sitting beside a fat person radiating heat8.7%
3My own sweat smell8.2%
4My own continuously-flowing sweat7.5%
5Smell of work, old folk smell, etc6.8%
6Touching other people’s skin6.7%
7Being close to someone dripping sweat6.4%
8Air conditioning breeze not reaching me6.1%
9Leakage from earphones5.8%
10Someone in heels standing on my foot5.3%
11Someone’s carry bag, stiff briefcase, etc, bumping into my leg3.4%
12People not taking off their rucksack3.3%
13Woman’s long hair adhered to her arms3.0%
14Corner of a paper bag bumping into my leg2.6%
15=Having my bare feet trampled by business shoes2.5%
15=Being hit by someone’s large shoulder bag2.5%
17=Someone’s stubbly arm, leg hair pricking my arm, leg1.9%
17=Being hit by a pony tail1.9%
19Women’s bare legs0.7%
20My mobile phone screen fogging up in the humidity0.4%
Read more on: ,,,

Leave a Comment