Let them be polite, but also let them have your seat.
And, of course, the other half of the time, they will just say “are you sure?
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Texting is the primary method of communication for tweens.
If your child has a cell phone, text messaging is just part of the deal.
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In any case, I wanted to make a quick post about train etiquette in Tokyo, just because there are several people I would love to give this advice to, but don’t feel like burning that many bridges.You can tell if an old person wants your seat because they will stare at you. In fact, if you ask someone if they want your seat before you actually get up out of the seat, they will almost always say no (even if they were making said eye contact).Once you make eye contact, the seat is as good as theirs. If you get out of the seat, tap them on the shoulder, and point to the seat, they will say things like “oh no, I’m fine” or “are you sure?My cell phone has a “Manner Mode” button that I can press and hold to turn “Manner Mode” on and off.You are told to keep your phone on “Manner Mode” while on the train, as to not bother other passengers in case someone calls or texts you.Much in the same way, even if someone protests and says they don’t need your seat, I will bet you a serious amount of yen that if you get up, point to the seat, and start walking away, they will say thank you.They just want to be polite about it (like when you go out to eat with someone and both people fake wanting to pay the bill a couple times in hope that the other person really will treat them).(I doubt anyone will kick you out for breaking of these rules) but it’s kind of the same feeling as if you phone went off when you were sitting in that one class you hated.No one really cares (too much), but it is still embarrassing.While enforcement is low in most places, trains are one of those super-prohibited places, like hospitals and schools, where you actually will get in trouble for smoking.Nearly every train station has a clearly labeled “smoking room” or “outside smoking area” where you can light up.