25 October 2006
Madverts in Japanese stations
Brian Micklethwait
Giant tea bottle

PingMag has a superb piece up called Top 10 ad-tricks in Tokyo’s train stations, of which my personal favourite is the giant tea bottles.  There are about thirty pictures – many superb.

Hat tip: Kristine Lowe, who I can personally vouch, wears great hats.  She got to this from Wired News.

Sorry, I edited this in “open” rather than in closed.  So very recent visitors will have been suffering extreme weirdness, involving two big bottles, then one big bottle, then the same bottle only smaller, and all the while with a caption just saying “Caption”.  Live and learn.  Plus, I discovered that in order to accommodate even the small version of the big bottle, I had to have more text.  Which was this drivel.  I wonder if I could get the picture to line up with the heading, rather than the top of the mere text.  That would have sufficed.

Patrick, why is there as space at the very beginning, just before “PingMag”?

Growing pains.  Lucky this blog isn’t a railway line.


  1. In answer to your question about spaces it’s an IE thing and not present when viewed using Opera.  There is some kind of solution to it involving putting the code for the image somewhere different but I can’t off-hand remember what it is.  I may experiment, leading to further weirdness.

    Getting back to the main subject of the article - it had me going back through my Japanese photo collection.  There, advertising is far more mundane so I think what we are seeing here is very much the cutting edge.  One thing I did like was the way you get flimsy paper ads hanging down from the roofs of the carriages.  They wouldn’t last five minutes over here.

    I may post some examples - but no promises.

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on  26 October 2006 at 03:32 am

  2. Hmm, maybe there isn’t a solution.  Maybe we have to wait for IE7, but it is definitely a Microsoft thing - Firefox is just fine.

    Maybe it’ll all be sorted out with the redesign.

    An alternative is to start the text on a line below the table ending tag.  But that just puts the start of the text to a line lower.

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on  26 October 2006 at 06:06 am

  3. This tea bottle looks awesome

    Posted by Vilo on  27 October 2006 at 08:04 pm

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