Funny hand sanitiser in train station


Japan is not short of creative ways to counter COVID-19. In Osaka, you have people donning cardboard eating masks to dine safely in restaurants. And at Ochanomizu Station, there’s a special hand sanitiser “station” where you can disinfect your hands during your commute.


The cleanest “train station” you can find


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Ochanomizu Station
Image credit: Masahiko Motono

Within Ochanomizu Station in Tokyo, there recently emerged another “train station”. Unlike other train stations in Japan, this “station” has a simple layout consisting of a lone hand sanitiser bottle.

hand sanitiser train station - ticket gate
Image credit: @akiba_asterisk

Twitter user @akiba_asterisk found this special “train station” and shared it online on 16th April 2021.

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An example of a typical train station sign in Japan
Image credit: Nikita Vasilevskiy

This creative “station” is an initiative meant to encourage the public to pay more attention to santising one’s hands. The public hand sanitiser bottle sits atop a sign designed exactly like a typical train station sign.

hand sanitiser train station - shoudokueki
Image credit: @akiba_asterisk

On the sign, you’d find the words “消毒駅” (shoudokueki), which means “Disinfectant Station”. This is a clever word play on “消毒液” (shoudokueki), meaning “hand sanitiser”. Both words share the same pronunciation.

hand sanitiser train station - closeup
Image credit: @akiba_asterisk

Below the “station name”, you can find the words “Countermeasures” and “Habits”. This suggests that the public is encouraged to turn all these COVID-19 countermeasures, such as sanitising one’s hands, into a habit.


Netizens’ reactions


Many netizens reacted positively to the initiative.

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Image adapted from: @mhitoshi1

Twitter user @mhitoshi1 tweeted, “Ochanomizu has humour”.

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Image adapted from: @ginnezu881

Another user, @ginnezu881, praised the ingenuity of the initiative, which turns the general negativity associated with the pandemic into something positive. “Being able to think of and execute the idea is genius,” they tweeted.

railway museum hand sanitiser
Image adapted from: @naatm08

User @naatm08 took this chance to share a similar finding in a shop at Saitama’s Railway Museum. This “station” is labelled “南消毒駅” (minami shoudokueki), meaning “South Disinfection Station”. They mentioned that there’s another one labelled “North” in the same premise too.


Hand sanitiser in train station amuses the Internet


A little humour goes a long way during this pandemic. We hope that more of these special little “train stations” can appear throughout Japan to infect people with laughter, while keeping everyone safe from the virus.

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Cover image adapted from: @akiba_asterisk and @akiba_asterisk

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