Make-up time

The stereotype commands that Japanese people always maintain a perfect public image. While that may be true in at a certain degree, I find a specific contradiction particularly interesting. I am talking about “doing your make-up in the train”.

It is a common sight in Tokyo to see females of all ages fixing their make-up or even doing it from scratch inside a moving metro car. Taking into account the fact that Japanese women pay attention to details and appear to have impeccable make-up at all times, this phenomenon surprised me. I tried asking around and it appears that the main reason behind it is “why not use the time we spend in the train constructively?”. Anyway, I admire their ability to apply eyeliner inside a jam-packed, shaking train. I guess it takes time to perfect such a skill.

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