Tuesday, February 6, 2007

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Top 10 ad-tricks in Tokyo’s train stations

Here are our top 10 choises of advertisement in Tokyo’s trains or stations

1. Create your own stage

Picking a seriously busy station such as Shibuya should give you proper exposure for a start. Here, we discovered a very decorative ad by Meisei University that takes up the entire wall space in Shibuya. It functions as a pretty backdrop for everyone waiting on the platform.

Meisei University billboard covers Shibuya’s Toyoko line all along

2. Mega Stickers

In case all wall space is already taken, try placing your ad as a mega sticker on the ground. That adds some nice color to the gray concrete as well.

giant sticker on the ground advertising for the Haruhi DVD release

3. Take-away goodies poster campaign

We have covered the seriously impressive iPod nano campaign on PingMag a while ago. Those “goodies on posters” are always in great demand. Here is a little picture story of a recent Canon ad inside Shibuya station (between Toyoko and JR Yamanote line - a good catch), which offered small packets mounted on a poster.


worker revealing the Canon campaign at around 10.30am

Someone must have been talking… Nikon had a big and beautiful ad right next to the Canon ad

here is a detail of all the little packs mounted on the poster before people started grabbing….

after the official press shots were taken, people were allowed to step closer - and they did!

sweet grandpa grabbing one pack of every kind - like most people

within seconds the missing packets revealed the image underneath

Althought the graphics were quite funky, I must confess that I was pretty disappointed by the contents of this mysterious little black pack: a small brochure about a new range of Canon cameras in an entirely un-matching design. A few more images about this ad and other “take away poster campaigns” on our Flickr page.

4. Product Sculptures

Create your own product sculpture! I had a good laugh when finding all those over-over-sized Ucon-Tea bottles in Shinjuku decorating the pillars. Those were not to be missed by anyone!

huge Ucon (Tumeric) Tea bottles inside Shinjuku station which look as if they are holding up the roof

5. Use what’s left

If all places seem taken, look again!

advertisement on the last free spots of the ticket gates

I just noticed advertising on the ticket gates at some train stations, too. Placed right next to the slots to insert your cards, the ads for TV magazine TV Japan certainly get noticed, even though they look like they could be warning signs as a part of the ticket gates.

6. Info-ride

A very elegant and often refreshing solution is to decorate the moving handrails of escalators. Aap! offer some nice solutions for this alternative display. (Takes about 1 hour to install!)

These handrails are simply decorative to give you the idea of what it might look like. Picture in the Lumine Department Store, Tokyo, Photo © Aap!

Aap! installed an interesting handrail ad model inside Nogizaka station in Tokyo: these handrails lists all sorts of brief information about shops, restaurants and attractions around the area. People can easily scan the matching QR-code to receive more information of a certain place of interest on their mobile phone while more information slowly “drives by”.


handrails installed in Nogizaka with little info or advertising units about shops, restaurants and information about the area Photo © Aap!

scan the QR code with your phone and get map and more information about a place of interest Photo © Aap!

7. Trains!

Train Jacking (buying the entire advertisement space inside a whole train for a certain period) or Train Wrapping (covering the entire outside of a train) are extremly popular in Tokyo. If you ever found yourself in one of these trains for a few stops only, you will know why people are willing to pay so much at once. An entire train telling you the same thing is impossible not to notice. There are a lot of funky ones around, here we show a rather minimal and “calm” train from Ikea. The first thing I noticed when stepping on board was, that the wagon felt so unusually peaceful….

very minimal color on white posters for Ikea turned the entire train into a relaxing zone almost…

it felt a bit like flipping through the Ikea cataloge, which - I suppose - was their intention

other wagons had colorful Ikea patterns

even on the outside they remained minimal: Let’s enjoy color and pattern!

8. It’s real!

Since everyone spends so much time in trains, little surprises are always welcome! Adding some “real-factor” to flat posters always seems to do the trick! Here is a small selection.


Prigles ad inside a train with two pringles flying into a bowl of soup

the poster next to that one with paired up ‘real’ Pringles on their way to the soup bowl

Notice the ‘real-component’: a glitter ponpon mounted on a cheerleader poster for Fuji TV’s drama Dandori. Amazing that no-one steals it!

leaves arranged to a quite unusual poster for Green Tea

detail of the plastic autumn leaves hanging from the train ceiling

9. Handle tricks

Not only posters “get real”. Handles inside trains can also a popular and fun medium to create some attention. Here is our favorite one: the neck tie promising you more money… well! It is an ad for a loan company…

decorated handle in a subway advertising for a loan company (Photo:Maris Mezulis)

10. Tunnel Movies

Last the creme de la creme of entertaining advertisement to find in trains are not exactly inside the trains, but inside the tunnels. When desperately trying to come up with more advertising space since everything else is full already, someone came up with an installation that works similar to a flip-book: a series of still images is the base for a short movies and it is you who moves, in this case - the train. Installed on the sides of a tunnel, the movement of the train and the perfectly timed highlighting of each still frame after another creates an up to 7 second movie viewed by looking out of the window. A little demo shows how it works best.


single frames are installed inside a tunnel… © Aap!

… lining up next to each other.© Aap!

when driving by, a sensor measures the speed of the train and lights up each frame accordingly © Aap!

here a still of a tunnel movie for Adidas viewed from within the train © Aap!




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16 comments:

  1. Hey, quit riping off content or source it!

    http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/10/13/top-10-ad-tricks-in-tokyos-train-stations/

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  2. The tunnel movies are in NY subways too, have been for a year or more.

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  3. Word for word plagiarism,
    trying to pass this off as your own with no sources...

    so lame
    http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/10/13/top-10-ad-tricks-in-tokyos-train-stations/

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  4. I live in NYC, and I've never seen tunnel movies on the subway. What lines?

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  5. Yeah, I've been in NYC too for a while. The first time I ever rode in the subway and saw the beams going past, I had the idea to do this. Then, sometime this past year, I heard someone was planning on doing it...still haven't seen it either though.

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  6. well, as long as I know this concept was created in Argentina in the Buenos Aires underground!

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  7. I have only seen the moving pictures on the PATH train from WTC to NJ. There isn't one there now they must have taken it down. I have been riding the PATH for a few years now and these have been common.

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  8. THIS IS GOOD COPY PASTA YOU SHOULD TRY SOME

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  9. I'm glad NY is finally catchin up but these types of ads (motion ads) have been in Japan for over a decade now.

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  10. What great ideas! But why not take them further? Why not plaster every single square millimeter of Earth with advertisements? Why not make it so that you literally can't go anywhere or look at anything without seeing a bright shiny advert? Think of the possibilities! Every car, house, road, sidewalk, lamppost, bridge, and tree can be plastered with them! The entire sky can be filled with giant hovering, 360 degree billboards! YES! Lead us to this Brave New World, this Marketing Xanadu!

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  11. we have these "watch as you go" commercials in the ISTANBUL metro also.

    REPRESENTING TURKEY BABAY.

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  12. Hmmm. Read this before somewhere... umm pingmag? Much better looking site too.

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  13. I saw movie-ads like these in Budapest, 4 years ago...

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  14. Interesting, the tie effect is inspiring so to say... more could be done on that idea.

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  15. FACTS: Submedia LLC, a New York based company has been a leader in tunnel advertising. In fact, the video posted above, is a Submedia video that was shot in NY about a year or so ago. Submedia also has displays in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Istanbul, and many other international cities. I believe both the videos posted on this site are Submedia videos. I hope the person in charge of this site corrects that minor error!

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