The Shinkansen Cleaning Theater: Seven Minutes for Japan’s Bullet Train Cleaners


Japan’s shinkansen (bullet train) is one of the fastest in the world, covering a whopping 200 kilometers in just one hour.

The cleaning crew manage to cover every inch of the train’s interior in just seven minutes. The cleaners’ performance is so efficient and impressive that it is known in Japan as the “7-minute shinkansen theatre”.


From 0:00 to 1:30, the cleaners check the luggage racks and down the gaps between the seats for forgotten items. They also rotate the seats to face the right direction and sweep out whatever dropped trash they can find into the aisle.

From 1:30 to 4:30, they go back up the aisle pulling down and checking the blinds, and pulling out seat-back trays. They wipe everything clean and change the seat covers if they are dirty.

In the last two minutes (4:30 to 6:30), they use a broom to sweep up all the trash brought into the aisle, in one go.

Top photo via Richard Young on PBase.
Bottom photo via Toku58.

Via Oddity Central. Originally sourced from Naver Matome.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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