Tokyo Trains Get The Dragon Quest Theme

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Like, actual trains departing the station to actual Dragon Quest music. Only in Japan!

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As pointed out on Kuma News, when trains on the Tokyu Toyoko Line depart Shibuya Station, they are sent off with the Dragon Quest Overture.

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Other train stations in Tokyo have jingles or play melodies (Ebisu Station, for example, has the theme from The Third Man because of beer ads). The Dragon Quest Overture, however, corresponds with a 30th anniversary Dragon Quest exhibit being held in Shibuya and will apparently only be played until September 12. The event wraps up on the 11th.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

I’m sure those station attendants aren’t so thrilled by the idea...

It’s kind of cool though that they have fun with their public transit system, although technically it’s just advertisement.

Subway systems in the US always seem so terrible compared to overseas. London’s wasn’t the best, but even so is still better than what I’ve seen here (especially Boston’s). Even so, London’s system was really easy to use, and the trains were frequent. Just really crowded and everything looks worn down. Also pretty expensive in the tourist areas.

I visited Taiwan last year and was pleasantly surprised with their MRT system. Amazingly easy to get around, announcements were in both Chineese and English, stations were all pretty nice and clean, trains were frequent, and best of all most rides are only 50 cents US.

I live 30 miles (by road) outside of downtown Boston. To take the train into the city and one ride on the T, then back home, would cost me $22.50 and take 3+ hours >.>