There are some rules about how to take an escalator.

Do you know how to take it?

In Tokyo, people stand on the left side and walk on the right side of the escalator.
On the other hand, In Kansai, people stand on the right side.
I don’t know who made this strange rules but if you stand wrong side, you may end up making a long line behind you.

I think it’s not a big deal But it doesn’t hurt to know,
if you know it, it will be an advantage for you.
Most of Japanese may not say anything about this situation because they’re too shy to confront you or they wouldn’t explain it in English even if you make a long line.

I’m wondering why it’s totally opposite in Kanto and Kansai region?

That’s why I made a research about that.
Long time ago, this story happened when Samurai still existing in japan.
People in Kanto were holding their swords on their left side to avoid bumping into someone.
Conversely, there were many merchants in Kansai and then people were holding their belongings on their right hand to avoid robbers from stealing it from them.
That’s why walking on the right side became people’s habit in Kansai.
And that’s the reason why they have a different habits.

Are there any strange rules like this in your country?

International Standard of an escalator.

I heard about that the international standard of how to take an escalator is to walk right side.

According to another theory,
Osaka’s people saw many foreigners attitude during the Osaka World Expo in 1970 and then they imitated foreigners did it.
The foreigners perhaps did the international standard there.

I don’t know if it is true or not.
And I don’t know the rule before the Osaka World Expo 1970.
In the first place,
I was surprised by the international standard was existing!

*Osaka is in Kansai.

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